USA Network is bringing back White Collar for another season, whilst also picking up two drama pilots to series.
After weeks of speculation, the network today confirmed that they had renewed veteran drama White Collar for a six episode sixth season. Between the short-order and the waning ratings for season five, it is expected that this will be show’s final season. But, like Psych before it, USA fell short of calling this the final season, for now at least. Meanwhile, the two pilots to get the nod at USA are Complications, from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix; and Jonathan Levine’s Rush.
Created by Nix, Complications follows John Ellis (Jason O’Mara), a disillusioned suburban ER doctor who finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of his attackers. When Ellis learns the boy is still marked for death, he finds himself compelled to save him at any cost, and discovers that his own life – and his outlook on medicine – may never be the same.
Rush is a fast paced Hollywood drama centered around Dr. William Rush. Rush is not your average on-call doctor, he’s highly discreet no matter what the ailment, as long as the client can pay his cash-only premium, and the doctor can party with the best of them. He has no desire to change his life or how he lives it, until an old flame and his conscience begin to stir things up. Produced by Fox 21, the series stars Tom Ellis (Miranda and Gates) and was written by Jonathan Levine.
The two pick ups follow on from another 2 recent drama green-lights at USA: event series DIG, which is being toplined by Jason Isaacs (Awake) and is eyed for a Fall 2014 launch; and the Untitled Sean Jablonski Drama, toplined by The Glades alum Matt Passmore, which is set to debut the Summer. The tone of all four new series is also indicative of a change in USA’s approach to originals. Once the home to so-called “blue sky” dramas, the network is now going for edgier fare for its next generation of originals.
“We are excited to usher in the next generation of USA dramas, alongside our signature returning originals that continue to attract a large and loyal fan base,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “This year USA will be showcasing more hours of original programming than ever before, including an unprecedented 6 new series and 6 returning shows.”