USA 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 Farm | On 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).