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USA developing new shows

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 30th 2007 3:23PM

USAUSA is developing some new series. Here's what's on the menu:

The Negotiator, a show about a hostage negotiator who becomes a relationship counselor, is being developed by film producer Donald De Line (The Stepford Wives, The Italian Job).

Meanwhile, Battlestar Galactica co-executive producer Toni Graphia is developing American Girl, about a Wal-Mart employee whose personality changes after she witnesses a robbery. I was hoping for a show either based on the line of dolls, or possibly the Tom Petty song of the same name, but I guess this works, too.

Also, producer Kevin Brown (Roswell) is developing Family Values, about a group of FBI agents masquerading as a real family.

I like the concept of The Negotiator: a man using his skills as a hostage negotiator to help people in bad relationships, and the other two series may also have promise, though Family Values doesn't seem like the most inspired title for a series. Still, all shows will be keeping with USA's M.O. of developing shows with "high concept" characters such as Monk and Psych, an idea that has served the network well so far.

Other shows in development at USA include Burn Notice, about a former special operations officer who helps civilians; Spying in High Heels, a show about a fashion designer who also solves crimes; and The Oldest Rookie, about a man in his forties who becomes a police officer. In 2008, the network also plans to air In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack.

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"The Negotiator, a show about a hostage negotiator who becomes a relationship counselor..."

Unless this is a comedy, it sounds like it could be a nighttime soap. In other words, probably boring. Then again, I was wrong about how the re-imagined BSG would turn out and USA has some decent original shows.

"American Girl, about a Wal-Mart employee whose personality changes..."

Okay, that one's going to be a stretch. Have you been to a WalMart lately? It seems like either they hire people void of personality or the job sucks it right out of them. So my question is, how will anyone be able to tell her personality changed?

"Family Values" sounds like a somewhat interesting idea, but with only that brief description it'd be impossible to tell. "Burn Notice" also sounds like it could be good, as well as the other two.

I'm partial to USA's original programming, so I hope this new batch lives up to some of their better efforts.

March 30 2007 at 8:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jamie martin

kind of like stand off? i like that show.

March 30 2007 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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