Alien Invasion Thriller, Air Traffic Control Drama, Michael Urie Comedy in Pipeline at USA Network

Michael Urie MajordomoUSA Network on Thursday pulled the curtain back on its 2014-15 development slate, and it includes an alien invasion thriller, an air traffic control drama and a sitcom starring Ugly Betty‘s Michael Urie.

The potential Urie series, one of five comedies in the pipeline at USA, is titled Majordomo and centers on a documentarian (Urie) who becomes a personal assistant to his friend Anna Grant (Becki Newton please maybe?!), an unlucky in love real estate heiress with a floundering career.

The other comedy projects snagging script orders include…

Love the One You’re With |  A modern day love story about a free-spirited woman who reluctantly falls in love with a Type A man 14 years her junior. Karen McCullah (Legally Blonde) is writing the pilot script.

Moguls | A single-camera comedy about the employees of a popular Colorado ski resort. The series centers on a young man who thinks he’s in charge and the woman from corporate who knows she is.

Royal | A fresh spin on family comedy from From Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk. The title character is a recently defected Hells Angel who has moved to the suburbs to care for his deceased sister’s children, but the transition between the two worlds proves to be very difficult for him.  Rescue Me‘s Peter Tolan is among the EPs.

Difficult People | As we previously reported, Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner star as pop culture loving best friends who hate everyone – except each other. Amy Poehler is an EP.

On the drama side, USA has placed script orders for…

Stanistan* | Centers on the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists operate in a delicate balance of danger and silliness using every coping mechanism available. (*Pilot already commissioned.)

Boom | A young couple moves to a contemporary boomtown in North Dakota in pursuit of the American dream and are seduced by the sudden wealth of frontier life. 24‘s Tony Krantz is an EP.

Brand | Follows a charismatic man who found his way out of addiction and lawlessness when he was born again into the Christian faith of his youth, joining his brother ministering a small, local church. Consumed with reaching the unsaved “by any means necessary,” his obsession grows when confronted by a brand new mega church poised to crush his ministry.  Jodie Foster is an EP.

Colony |  In 2015, Los Angeles exists in a state of occupation. Some collaborate with the alien authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences.  A naturalistic drama about a family torn by those opposing forces, making difficult choices as they balance keeping their family together with the struggle of the human race.  From Lost/Bates Motel EP Carlton Cuse.

The FarmOn one of the last great family-owned farms in the Midwest, a father must battle horrors both psychological and diabolical in an effort to save those closest to him from a long-buried evil that has taken control of his only daughter. From mega-producer Michael Bay.

Control |  Set in the the high-intensity and contentious world of air traffic control in one of America’s busiest airports. It centers on a charismatic, foul-mouthed optimist who has just ascended to the ranks of manager in an environment where union vs. management is a constant, near-violent struggle.

Mr. Robot | A young programmer suffering from a debilitating anti-social disorder decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. Wielding his skills as a weapon to protect those he cares about from those who are trying to hurt them, he will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for, his alter ego hacking exploits at night, and the underworld hacking organization trying to recruit him to help bring down the one percent.

Lastly, on the limited series front…

Border Lord | An origin story of the Mexican drug cartels and how they derived from one family in San Diego. In order to protect his business from law enforcement, a patriarch splits his organization among his extended family, but money trumps blood relations as greed and hubris destroys the once tight-knit family.

The Swap | Struggling to save her marriage, a woman convinces her workaholic husband to ‘swap homes’ with another couple so they can take their family on a much needed dream vacation to the Cook Islands. Their dream quickly turns into a nightmare that includes a murder investigation, a kidnapping gone wrong and an international corporation on the verge of collapse. Written and executive produced by Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva).

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  1. M80 says:

    Isn’t Becki Newton’s show for Fox already picked up? I’d go with Krysten Ritter (assuming her pilot at NBC doesn’t move forward.)

  2. And what are these? Pilots? Pilot scripts? Serieseseses?

    • d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

      If only it was mentioned in the article right before they started listing the shows…

  3. jenna says:

    really hope the michael urie series gets picked up! I miss having him on my tv

  4. Bill says:

    None of these sound remotely like anything I’d like to watch. As USA’s “mature” shows such as Burn Notice, Psych and White Collar get cancelled because of cost, the replacements are pretty weak. Suits and Royal Pains will be the next to go. USA seems to have lost its programing touch. Just give up and change the name to “NCIS Network”

  5. Dav says:

    Those all sound pretty bad. I have zero interest in any of them.

  6. Paloma says:

    Does USA have something against words or do they just think that one word show titles will be more appealing to viewers and easier to remember?

    None of these shows seem that exciting.

  7. Heathers says:

    Royal sounds good, and if Peter Tolan is writing, I’ll watch.

  8. Nay says:

    Wow, USA has really dropped the ball. Almost all of these sound horrific, especially on the comedy side. Boom, Brand, and Border Lord could be interesting with good development and name changes.

  9. ll0yd says:

    control sounds a lot like pushing tin. pretty solid movie – wonder if the show will be better.

  10. Maryann says:

    Nothing here of interest except possibly Colony. How about more development like Graceland?

  11. Anne says:

    Colony sounds like a possibility since I’ll give almost anything sci-fi at least a chance. Mr. Robot and The Swap might be worth a look, with more information if they get picked up.

    There is not a single show on USA that I watch now (or in the past), so I’m not holding my breath, but who knows.

  12. DiverKlein says:

    Colony and Farm maybe. the rest are terrible. Really should have kept Psych. And what happened to the Sam and Jessie spin off?

  13. Mark says:

    Looks like it will be fairly easy for me to break up with the USA Network. I’ll keep watching the shows I already love, but none of these appeal to me.

    • rainey13 says:

      Agreed, and it’s sad – USA was my go-to network for a long time. But once the final episodes of White Collar have aired, there’s not much to keep me coming back.

  14. Zach says:

    Moguls could be fun if they actually shoot it in Colorado. Or at least Canada.

  15. katrina says:

    “The Colony” looks great. “The Swap” might be good.

  16. Chris says:

    First off, Psych was brilliant and should have been exposed to a larger potential audience. Second, Sirens deserves renewal. This is a very well written and executed adult show. C’mon USA, grow a pair.