USA Network has handed a pilot order to Colony, an hour-long sci-fi drama from Bates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse.
Colony tells the story of a family torn by opposing forces and making difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race. Set in the near future, the story takes place in Los Angeles, which exists in a state of occupation by a force of outside intruders. Some collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences.
The drama project, which first appeared on USA Network’s development slate this past May, was penned by Carlton Cuse & Ryan Condal and is being co-produced by Universal Cable Productions and Legendary TV. The executive producers are Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse.
“Colony is a gripping story that brilliantly weaves together an intense family drama in an authentic, yet unknown, world,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “We are pleased to be in business with Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse, who is clearly one of the best in the industry when it comes to genre fiction.”
This is the third drama to get a pilot order at USA Network in the past couple of months, following on from the pilot orders for Stanistan and Mr. Robot. The pilot orders for all three represent a change in USA Network’s programming strategy, who have been moving away from so-called “blue sky” shows and developing grittier dramas since Chris McCumber became sole president of the network.