Pilot Scoop: USA Network Orders Supernatural Drama Evil Men, Starring Dallas Roberts and Clifton Collins Jr.

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USA Network is looking to add a supernatural thriller to its portfolio of legal and crime procedurals with Evil Men, a drama pilot starring Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife) and Clifton Collins Jr. (The Event), TVLine has learned.

Penned by Daniel Taplitz, the potential series follows an upstanding, middle-class family man (Roberts) whose life is turned upside down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and commanded to kill “evil men” or see his family — along with his city — utterly destroyed. However, the gleeful psycho (Collins) who is meant to be his first target, instead begins teaching him how to carry out his new destiny.

Taplitz, whose credits include writing the 2004 Jamie Foxx comedy Breakin’ All the Rules, will serve as an EP alongside Gary Fleder (Life Unexpected), Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) and Mary Beth Basile (October Road).

“This supernatural drama is a symbolic tale of good versus evil set in the everyday modern world,” said USA’s Original Programming President Jackie de Crinis. “It is a highly relatable story that begs the question of just how far we would go to protect our families.”

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12 Comments
  1. I can’t wait to see the pilot and the series when it become available.I hope that it will become a hit despite USA Network.

  2. Ray says:

    Where’s the supernatural part? Nothing in the description of the premise touches upon anything remotely supernatural.

    • I must agree with Ray where is the supernatural angle. I still can’t wait for the pilot to debut and see what happened will show. Good luck to the future.

    • johnhelvete says:

      Barbara Hershey was in a movie in the 80s called The Entity about an invisible demon that tormented her, though I have never seen the film. So I take entity to mean a demon or ghost, that is commanding the main character to kill.

  3. Yeahman says:

    So it’s basically Dexter rewritten.

  4. Pat says:

    So basically white collar or suits where as fish out of water gets helped by fish in water, with a Dexter twist.

  5. Steven says:

    I’ll watch anything with Dallas Roberts. He’s such a charming actor. He’s great in The Good Wife and Walking Dead.

  6. Judy says:

    The Entity is the supernatural and the psycho is the first target bad guy.

  7. M3rc Nate says:

    Sounds kinda like “The Specter” (DC Comic book character). Interesting.

    Really sucks they seem to be moving away from their wildly successful “Blue Skies” style and into grittier/grosser stuff. I mean Satisfaction? Rush? Graceland season 2? now this? There must have been a management change in the past few years cause the USA Network i fell in love with is gone.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      A show that TOTALLY has that USA Network “Blue Skies” family friendly feel and is so fun and so visually fun and full of heart and humor and action? The Flash. And its a huge hit….i dont get why USA Network is going in this direction…i get that “gritty/dark/evil/etc” is “in” right now, but when you are the one bright light of fun/hope/family/heart/sexiness/etc in a room of darkness…you’re going to be sought out all the more. Instead they are just adding more darkness to a room of darkness.

  8. Angus says:

    A Supernatural (CW) rip off.

  9. Annie Andersen says:

    I will be watching cause I love supernatural shows and movies. Right now I watch Costantine which I love and “Supernatural” on Netflix.