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A&E Lightens Up With New Summer Series 'Sugarloaf'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 25th 2010 10:00AM
Matt PassmoreA&E is shifting gears with its latest foray into scripted television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network has picked up 'Sugarloaf' for a 13-episode run. The show stars Matt Pasmore (pictured), and is named after the Florida resort town where Passmore's character -- a homicide detective -- winds up after he's wrongfully accused of sleeping with his captain's wife. Once he arrives, he realizes, of course, that things are much more complicated than he initially expected.

Of the series, A&E Senior Vice President of Drama Programming Tana Nugent Jamieson said, "It takes a typical gritty police procedural but has fun with the main character against the blue-sky backdrop of rural Florida. It's pure entertainment."Matt PassmoreA&E is shifting gears with its latest foray into scripted television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network has picked up 'Sugarloaf' for a 13-episode run. The show stars Matt Pasmore (pictured), and is named after the Florida resort town where Passmore's character -- a homicide detective -- winds up after he's wrongfully accused of sleeping with his captain's wife. Once he arrives, he realizes, of course, that things are much more complicated than he initially expected.

Of the series, A&E Senior Vice President of Drama Programming Tana Nugent Jamieson said, "It takes a typical gritty police procedural but has fun with the main character against the blue-sky backdrop of rural Florida. It's pure entertainment."

If it sounds a little reminiscent of 'Burn Notice,' that's probably because it comes from Fox TV Studios, the same studio behind 'Burn' and the ratings hit 'White Collar.'

With a summer kick-off, 'Sugarloaf' is in a position to do well, considering the success that USA Network has had with its summer shows in the past few years. Since 2008, A&E has been trying to build a successful slate of original dramatic programming, but finding only moderate success; two of its major headliners -- 'The Beast' and 'The Cleaner' -- were recently canceled.

As for 'Sugarloaf's' star, Passmore is best known to Australian audiences for his work on 'McLeod's Daughter' and 'The Cut,' among several other roles. 'Sugarloaf' will mark his first major foray into U.S. television, which, as we pondered last November, could make him the next Simon Baker.

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