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USA canceling sci-fi double dose; post by 4400 creator says "at least we got to go out with a bang."
Dec 19, 2007
4400, Dead Zone axed
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Yesterday brought good news for a pair of USA Network shows. NBC announced that Monk and Psych would make the jump from basic cable to prime-time broadcast television in March, as the network repurposes shows from NBC-owned USA. 4400 86'd." link="/the-4400/show/23350/summary.html" target="_blank"> Unfortunately, yesterd...

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Both series get pickups for another season.
Sep 18, 2006
USA psyched about Dead Zone, Psych

USA Network loves its TV psychics.

The network has picked up its oldest series, the drama The Dead Zone, and its latest entry, the comedy-drama Psych, for another season each.

The Dead Zone will return for a 13-episode sixth season in summer 2007, with star Anthony Michael Hall reprising his role as Johnny Smith, a man who awakens from a six-year coma with psychic powers.

The network aims to reinvent the series following the November death of cocreator/executive producer Michael Piller.

"We're looking at the sixth season as the first season," said Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president of original programming at USA.

He credited Dead Zone's rating resurgence since it was paired with The 4400 last year for the network's decision to continue the show's run. USA has also acquired the cable rerun rights.

Psych, meanwhile, has ...

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Users can create their own characters that the cable net might use in shows.
Mar 14, 2006
USA Network casts viewers for new site

USA Network is creating its own social-networking headquarters with Show Us Your Character.com, an online community where viewers not only can chat about the network's quirky TV personalities like Monk, but also rival them with their own chance to be coined America's most unique character.

The site, set to launch Monday, is designed as the central component of the network's Characters Welcome branding campaign intended to grab online revenue and drive viewership.

The six-week Show Us Your Character contest kicks off the second phase of the cross-platform crusade shifting focus from such network characters as those from Monk and The Dead Zone to the people who watch them.

Accompanying the contest will be more than 30 on-air spots showcasing unusual characters from across the country and a grassroots program in five major US cities featuring entertainment and mobile kiosks ...

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Ugly Betty, 3 Lbs, The Truth About Joey Ice Cream are revived as nets eye what they once turned down.
Feb 07, 2006
Rejected pilots get second chance

It's the final stretch of the development season. Soon dreams will be made for a handful of writers whose projects get on the air, and hopes dashed for hundreds of others.

In three months' time, scores of bound scripts and dozens of pilot tapes will head to their final resting places, the desk drawers of their creators and, occasionally, the shelves of development executives who loved them. But more than ever this season, there is a second chance for many of these shows.

This past week alone, two pilots of network development's past made a triumphant return: Fox brought back its 2001 one-hour pilot More, Patience, now redeveloped as a half-hour show--which was how writer Jed Seidel had originally envisioned it--and CBS reordered last year's drama pilot 3 Lbs.

Another blast-from-the-past pilot this year--Fox's multicamera ...

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Emmy-winning writer also helped create Dead Zone TV show.
Nov 02, 2005
Star Trek writer Piller, 57, dies

Michael Piller, Star Trek veteran and cocreator/executive producer of USA Network's hit series The Dead Zone, died early Tuesday at his Los Angeles home after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

Before cocreating The Dead Zone with his son Shawn, Piller was head writer on Star Trek: The Next Generation, leading the show to a best drama Emmy nomination in 1994, the first for a syndicated series. He went on to cocreate the following two Star Trek installments, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Both series ran for seven seasons.

In 1998, Piller wrote and coproduced Star Trek: Insurrection, the ninth installment in Paramount Pictures' successful Star Trek feature franchise.

Piller began his career in broadcasting, working for TV stations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago.

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Dec 09, 2011
What's the Better Channel: USA or TNT?
After last week's brutal showdown between Syfy and Comedy Central, it's time for the next basic cable battle: USA or TNT?
This week Stargate SG-1 fans relish the release of eight complete seasons of the series packaged in new, slim sets of five discs each. Medium and The Dead Zone materialize on shelves, as does Cheers, Frasier, Beavis and Butt-head, and lots, lots more!
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Those adorable meerkats are up to no good again in Meerkat Manor: Best of Meerkat Manor Season Two, which hits the shelves this week. Likewise, don't miss the hilarious and clever season three of Weeds. Also out on Tuesday is Flavor of Love season three.
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Johnny Smith
Sarah Bannerman
Bruce Lewis
Sheriff Walt Bannerman
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Johnny Smith has been leading an idyllic small-town life. Employed as a science teacher, Johnny takes great pleasure in showing his young students the wonders of the natural world. He is also newly engaged to Sarah, a fellow teacher he's known since childhood, and is a good son to his widowed mother, who lives nearby. Johnny's life is nearly perfect... until a near-fatal car crash that leaves him in a deep coma. Six years later, Johnny finally regains consciousness and discovers that the life he once knew is gone. His mother has passed away, and Sarah has gone on to marry someone else - and the child she and her husband, the local sheriff, are now raising is Johnny's son. But Johnny himself is also not the same person he once was: he now finds himself in possession of amazing psychic powers which allow him to see into the lives of anyone he touches. Before he even leaves the hospital, he helps save the life of a nurse's daughter after having a miraculous vision, in which he sees the young girl trapped in the middle of a raging house fire. Now, as Johnny attempts to reacquaint himself with a life he has been away from for six long years, he must also begin a quest to come to terms with his new abilities - abilities that may turn out to be both a blessing and a curse. Helping Johnny make a fresh start are his physical trainer Bruce, who also becomes a close friend; his mother's minister, Gene Purdy, who sets up a trust fund for Johnny but may not be looking out for Johnny's best interests; and Sarah, who must find a way to make Johnny a part of her life again without risking her relationship with her husband and son. Based on characters from the novel, "The Dead Zone" by Stephen King.moreless