USA picks up a pair

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USA Network, home to programs such as Monk and Psych, is continuing its focus on original shows with a pair of pilot orders.

The cable network will give the shows White Collar and Royal Pains a shot at fitting into its lineup with orders for 90-minute pilots. However, the network's tagline "Characters Welcome" has found a certain meaning within USA, and the new shows may reflect that.

"For the first time, and for the last year or so, there's been a sense in the creative community, of what a USA show is," USA exec Jeff Wachtel told Variety. "But a brand can also become a trap. We need to push out past what's expected of us."

White Collar is a drama that follows a con man who is forced to work with the FBI to catch criminals. In the medical comedy-drama hybrid Royal Pains, a young doctor relocates to the Hamptons and becomes an on-call doctor for the area's wealthy residents. Both shows are expected to begin casting soon, with production starting sometime this summer.

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