USA Network Hands Pilot Order To ‘Stanistan’, Unveils Scripted Development Slate

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USA Network has given a cast-contingent pilot to a potential hour-long drama titled Stanistan and unveiled their scripted development slate which includes dramas, comedies and limited event series from such talent as Amy Poehler, Jodie Foster, Jessica Biel, Peter Tolan and Carlton Cuse.

“This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “We’re very much committed to partnering with some of the most talented creatives in the business to offer a broad mix of compelling programming for our viewers.”

Stanistan, which has received a cast contingent pilot order, follows 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. The drama, from Universal Cable Productions, is written by Andy Parker and executive produced by Steve Scheffer.

Full Details Of USA Networks Scripted Development Slate Follows Below:



Penned by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, Boom follows a young couple who move to a contemporary boomtown in North Dakota in pursuit of the American dream and are seduced by the sudden wealth of frontier life. ABC Studio’s cable division ABC Signature and is executive produced by Pate and 24‘s Tony Krantz.


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. The drama is set up at FremantleMedia North America in association with Landscape Entertainment, Bill Wheeler wrote the script and will executive produce alongside Jodie Foster and Bob Cooper.


Penned by Carlton Cuse, Colony is set in LA in 2015 when the city 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. The science-fiction project is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions. The executive producers are Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal.

The Farm

The Farm is set on one of the last great family-owned farms in the Midwest where 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. The drama was written by Brandon Camp and is produced by Grady Girl Productions and Platinum Dunes in association with Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers are Camp, Dawn Olmstead, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.


Penned by Rashad Raisani, Control explores the high-intensity and contentious world of air traffic control in one of America’s busiest airports and 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.  The Fox Television Studios drama is based on the book Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas. The executive producer are Raisani, Larry Shuman and David Wolthoff.

Mr Robot

Mr Robot follows young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder.  He decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect those he cares about from those who are trying to hurt them.  Elliot 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. The project is from Universal Cable Productions.


Difficult People

From Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, Difficult People follows two pop culture loving best friends who hate everyone – except each other. Klausner and Eichner will also star and executive produce the comedy, which hails from 3 Arts Entertainemtn and Universal Cable Productions.  Amy Poehler also serves as an executive producer.

Love The One You’re With

A modern day love story, Love The One You’re With is about a free spirited woman who reluctantly falls in love with a Type A man 14 years her junior. The script is being penned by Karen McCullah, who will executive produce alongside David Janollari. Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment are producing.


Majordomo is about a longtime friendship which is put to the test when Danny Perkins (Michael Urie), a struggling documentarian, becomes a personal assistant to his friend Anna Grant, an unlucky in love real estate heiress with a floundering career.  Universal Cable Productions is producing the comedy with  with Jon Tolins, Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry serving as executive producers.


A single camera comedy, Moguls is 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. The Universal Cable Productions produced comedy is written by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier. The executive producers are Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple.


Described as a fresh spin on the family comedy, Royal, from Sony Pictures Television, follows 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. Nick Schenk will pen the script and executive produce alongside Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer and Guymon Casady.

Limited Series

Border Lord

Butter Lord is the 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 project hails from Universal Cable Productions and is written by Barbara Martinez-Jitner, who serves as an executive producer alongside Greg Nava and Gil Netter.

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.  The project, from Sony Pictures Television, is written and executive produced by Josh Berman.