USA Network Passes on Stanistan Pilot Starring Jennifer Carpenter

Jennifer Carpenter Stanistan

USA Network’s trip to Stanistan has been cancelled.

The cabler has decided to pass on the dramedy pilot, which was set to star Dexter alum Jennifer Carpenter, TVLine has confirmed.

Written by newcomer Andy Parker, the M*A*S*H-esque project centered on the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists walk a fine line between danger and silliness.

Carpenter would have played Public Affairs Officer Marcie Post, while Friday Night Lights‘ Zach Gilford was slated to portray Phillip Guthrey, an infrastructure manager for USAID with an unrequited crush on Marcie.

USA Network still has quite a few irons in the fire during pilot season, including Carlton Cuse’s alien-invasion drama Colony and the Christian Slater starrer Mr. Robot, both of which have been ordered to series.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to break the news.

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  1. Joey says:

    Her pilot that ABC passed on last season sounded much better than this.

  2. arlielaurie68 says:

    So, can’t USA get a clue and go back and uncancel Covert Affairs? Seriously, if Unforgettable can keep finding another life then a great show like CA should fill their CIA needs ;)

  3. This really stinks. This is the second pilot that Jennifer has done since Dexter ended that hasn’t been ordered to series. I would really love to see her star in another show. I miss seeing her.

  4. Scotty2Hotty says:

    “Written by newcomer Andy Parker”….as soon as i saw that i knew why it was passed on…

  5. Ram510 says:

    Smart move, she is highly unlikeable in everything she plays in.

    • HAP says:

      Someone at USA woke up to realize that she has neither the charisma nor the chops to carry a show. Must be the guy who transferred from ABC to USA.

  6. I’m surprised anybody thought this was a good idea in the first place. I mean, STANISTAN? Like, what the…?

  7. H says:

    This was ISIS the comedy series. Better luck next time Jennifer.