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Upfronts: USA on Laugh Track with 2 Comedy Series Orders
MAY 16, 2013
'Sirens,' 'Playing House' to bow early next year; 'Love is Dead' pilot greenlit
USA Network has given series orders to original comedies “Sirens” and “Playing House” in a bid to broaden its programming appeal and make the most of its pricey investment in “Modern Family” reruns.
“Sirens,” penned by Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, hails from Fox TV Studios. “Playing House,” starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, comes from Universal Cable Prods. Both shows are set to premiere in the first quarter of next year. USA execs are hoping that the off-network bow of “Modern Family” starting Sept. 24 will prime USA viewers to sample the new laffers.
USA Network toppers Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel are skidded to unveil the comedy series orders and the greenlight of another comedy pilot, “Love is Dead,” as part of USA’s upfront presentation at Pier 36 in Gotham on Thursday.
“This is the right time to be introducing half hour original comedies to the USA audience. With ‘Modern Family’ joining our line-up in the fall, we can leverage television’s most popular comedy to serve as a powerful launch pad for new originals in this genre,” said McCumber. “Our new series come from some of the best comedic talent in the business, and reflect USA’s style – with great characters, strong execution and compelling storytelling,” said Wachtel.
“Sirens” revolves around a group of emergency medical technicians in Chicago. Leary and Fisher co-wrote the adaptation of the U.K. format. Jim Serpico, Hal Vogel, David Aukin and David Leach exec produce with Leary and Fisher.
“Playing House” is a buddy comedy about a pregnant woman who asks her career-driven friend to return from overseas to attend her baby shower. Series is created by Parham and St. Clair, who exec produce with Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan.
The “Love is Dead” pilot, penned by Zev Borow (“Chuck”), comes from Universal Cable Prods. and Gaumont Intl. TV. It’s a single-camera comedy about a company that specializes on breaking up romantic relationships for those who don’t want to do the dirty work themselves. Project is based on a French short film written and directed by Eric Capitaine.