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SCOOP: USA Network orders psychological thriller pilot “The Sinner” starring Jessica Biel

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UPDATE : Jessica will also star, according to THR

USA Network orders its 4th pilot of the year after “The Tap”, “Damnation” and “What Remains” called “The Sinner”…

The Sinner tells the story of young wife and mother Cora Tanner who is suddenly overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage and violently stabs a stranger to death while forty stunned witnesses watch during a family outing at Lake Minnewaska State Beach. Horrified by what she’s done, Cora has no motive or excuse for her behavior and tersely insists on pleading guilty and taking her punishment. Baflled by Cora’s self-incriminating silence, and convinced she’s hiding some deeper trauma, detective Harry Ambrose finds herself obsessed with uncovering Cora’s buried motive, and together they travel a harrowing journey into the dephths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past…

The psychological thriller is produced by Jessica Biel (The Secret) and written by Derek Simonds (The Astronaut Wives Club) for in-house Universal Cable Productions. Shooting is scheduled to start next october in Charleston, South Carolina.

SCOOP: USA Network orders “What Remains” pilot about… cannibals

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After picking up Damnation to pilot, described as an “epic saga of the secret history of the 1930s American heartland”, USA Network orders another pilot that deviates from what they used us to with What Remains

What Remains is a family soap with a bloody twist since it tells the story of the North family where the parents, Eli and Alice, were raised together in a cult of cannibals! They escaped from it when they were just children and today they live in suburban Portland with their own children, Kirby and Rex. But suddenly, their past is catching up with them and the lie they live in can no longer exist…

The show brought to USA Network by Freemantle Media North America and Random House Television is produced by Debra Grieco (The Assassination of Richard Nixon). Shooting is expected to start this summer in Vancouver. No cast has been announced yet. If ordered to series, it will join a slate including Mr Robot, Shooter, Eyewitness & Falling Water.

Falling Water (USA Network) preview: Mr Robot will be in very good company

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Created by Blake Masters (Brotherhood) & Henry Bromell (Homicide, Homeland, Rubicon). Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, Intruders). Produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walkind Dead, Terminator, Aliens) For USA Network, Universal Cable Productions & Valhalla Entertainment. 57 pages.

Description: Set in the world of dreams and subconsciousness, the story of three unrelated people, who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. Each is on a quest for something that can only be found in their subconscious — a missing girlfriend, a son, a way to communicate with a catatonic mother. However, the more they begin to use the dream world as a tool to advance their hidden agendas, they realize that their visions are trying to tell them something and that their very real lives are at stake. And they might just might hold the key to the fate of the world…

With David Ajala (Black Box), Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story, The Strain), Will Yun Lee (Wolwerine, Witchblade, San Andreas)…

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It’s been almost three years since storyteller Henry Bromell passed away. And three years is the time it took for his fellow writer Blake Masters to make the show they co-wrote together happen, with the help of producer Gale Anne Hurd, who was a fan of the project from the get go. It was too difficult to work on it right after the tragedy, but somehow they found the strenghth eventually and here we are. Next summer, Falling Water will be broadcasted alongside the sensational Mr Robot. And honestly, they couldn’t have found a better companion show. It takes the channel to yet another level. It is great and innovative television again, exploring something new. The mind-binding thriller intersects reality and unconscious thoughts while telling the story of three lonely souls. It’s compelling, poetic, deeply emotional, edgy. I could tell you not to miss it and just stop there. I’m not sure my words could make any justice to this incredible script. But I’m gonna try to give you a bit more informations about what’s to expect. So you can get excited for the right reasons.

Do you ever think your dreams are trying to tell you something? What if our dreams held the secret key to life. What if you could control the world by controlling people’s dreams? ” That’s the whole idea, that’s the bold concept of Falling Water and the writers never shy away from it. They know where they’re going. You can label it as a supernatural thriller, or whatever. It doesn’t need any label. It’s just different and unique. It starts with Tess (Lizzie Brocheré), one of our three main characters, giving birth to a baby boy. Except it was all a dream. The baby doesn’t exist. She doesn’t have a son. Or does she? She’s convinced she did give birth to a child and she’s determined to understand what happened and to find him whatever it takes. Then there’s Burton (David Ajala), a man in his forties who sees the ghost of the woman he loved and lost everywhere in his apartment. He dreams about her. She’s just like the day she disappeared. The day she was kidnapped. Finally, there’s Taka (Will Yun Lee), an officer from NYPD who tries to connect with his mother who’s in a coma. He’s desperate and lonely. They are all lonely. In their respective dreams, there’s always a word, written on a wall, or on a napkin, wherever : Topeka. What does it mean? They all meet weird, mysterious people, who don’t seem to wish them well. Who are they? Are they part of Topeka?

Scene by scene, we go from one fancy restaurant to another luxurious hotel. Then we’re in a suburban neighborhood, or a police station, or a firm, or an empty room, or just a bed. It’s exactly the same atmosphere as in Mr Robot. It can be chilly, frightening, lifeless. It’s a dark vision of our world, not that far from what it really is. The way it’s described is already very cinematic on paper. Just like Mr Robot. We jump from one dream to another, and at some point we don’t know anymore if we’re in the middle of a dream or if it’s the reality. It’s disturbing and confusing and suffocating and it’s exciting for us. Is it all a lie? And yes, there’s falling water everywhere. Like a gimmick. Dripping. Raining. Pouring. On a faucet. On a fountain. On a window. But it surely means more than that. After all, there’s no life in this world without water…

So I’ll write it one more time and let you go: Falling Water is compelling, poetic, deeply emotional, edgy. It wouldn’t be fair just to compare it to Mr Robot. Or Sense8. It’s its own spectacular beast. It’s this kind of show you can’t watch just to spare time. It challenges you intellectually. And it rewards you. Or I guess it will.

EXCLUSIVE: USA Network orders thriller series “Eyewitness” from “Shades of Blue” creator

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On the heels of thriller drama Falling Water pick-up, USA Network orders Eyewitness from “Shades of Blue” creator Adi Hasak…

Produced by Universal Cable Productions, the mystery drama which works as a miniseries is adapted from a Norwegian show that starts when two innocent teenage boys secretly meet up in the forest and there bear witness to a shooting. They barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetretor they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes everything, forever… Shooting will start late april in Ontario.

 

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EXCLUSIVE: USA Network orders supernatural pilot “The Wilding” by “Heroes” creator

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UPDATE: It will be a two-hour pilot and USA could order it to series at any point of the pilot production (per Deadline).

While “Heroes Reborn” is about to launch on NBC, producer Tim Kring already works on his next project: a supernatural drama pilot he produces for USA Network called “The Wilding”.

Tim Kring already did mini-series Dig for USA Network and gets here what must be the last spot available in the cable channel’s aggressive 2016 pilot orders after handing out ones for Ryan Phillippe starrer Shooter, period drama Paradise Pictures, thriller Falling Water, post-apocalyptic Poor Richard’s Almanak and finally fantasy comic-book based Brooklyn Animal Control. Colony & Queen of the South are the next new shows USA Network will launch in 2016, after critically acclaimed Mr Robot has been renewed this summer for a second season.

The Wilding is a supernatural drama written by newcomer Silka Luisa, about a group of disparate families who realize they are enduring the same haunting in Durham, North Carolina. As parents turn against their children, one fractured family realizes they have the potential to save their neighbors. The mother, a psychiatrist, learns to help her daughter whose condition is indefinable by modern medicine… The project is produced by Universal Cable Productions & Imperative Entertainment.

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“Colony” (USA Network) preview: Carlton Cuse & Josh Holloway are lost again… in L.A.

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Pilot” written and executive produced by Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) & Ryan Condal (Hercules). Directed by Juan José Campanella (Son of the Bride, The Secret in their Eyes, Halt and Catch Fire). For USA Network, Universal Cable Productions & Legendary Television. 65 pages.

Description:  In the near future, the great city of Los Angeles still exists but in a state of occupation by a force of outside intruders. Some people decided to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. The Bowman family is torn by those opposing forces and has to make difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race. When the father, Will, is reluctantly hired by the chief of collaborators Alan Snyder, nothing can ever be the same for them…

With Josh Holloway (Lost, Intelligence, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break, The Walking Dead), Peter Jacobson (House), Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist, The OC), Tory Kittles (True Detective, Sons Of Anarchy), Gonzalo Menendez

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As opposed to his previous fellow co-worker Damon Lindelof who concentrates on the brilliant The Leftovers and a little Disney movie called… Tomorrowland, Carlton Cuse is buzzy buzzy on TV with 5 series at different stages of production: Bates Motel’s season three, The Strain‘s season two, The Returned‘s first season, Amazon’s Point Of Honor pilot and now Colony for USA Network, just ordered to series for 10 episodes airing this fall. He co-wrote the pilot script with Ryan Condal, with whom he worked on an ambitious pilot for NBC two years ago, called The Sixth Gun, which sadly didn’t move forward and I still think the network did a great mistake there… Anyway. Colony is another ambitious project which reunites him with someone he was stuck on an island with for several years: Josh Holloway, Lost‘s Sawyer.

Colony is not another story of alien invasion, like Falling Skies is, or V was. It’s more of a survival, but not The Walking Dead kind. It’s much more family friendly, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s probably closer to Fear The Walking Dead, the spin-off in the works at AMC, also centered on a family except they are not facing an invisible enemy like they do in Colony, but fucking zombies. So yes, the first thing to know is that no one in Los Angeles has ever seen the “intruders”. Well, no one claims to. Will we ever? Probably. But not anytime soon. That’s not the point. So far, they are only represented by millions of metallic drones, flying all over the city at night to oversee the curfew decided by the Authorities, and an impressive spacecraft, shown by far towards the end of the pilot. The only visible enemies are in fact the collaborators, those the Bowman family has no choice but to join in order to live an easier life, or so they are led to believe, with one precious goal to achieve: finding their oldest son, captured and sent to somewhere called “The Factory”, where people say no one comes back from… alive. No you’re not dreaming, a lot of comparisons can be drawn to second world war. It’s easy and obvious but it works.

The city of Los Angeles is a real character in itself in the pilot, and I love the way the writers progressively describes it throughout the first two acts. This way, the picture becomes more and more clearer in our heads… and frightening. We are embarked on the two separate journeys of the father Will and his wife Katie, who are looking for two different things: he wants to pass through the occupied zone he lives in to the exclusion zone where we don’t know exactly what happens, neither does he, it seems; she needs to find medecine for her nephew who could die soon, a rare commidity in those troubled times. His part is really tense and ends badly; hers is a little more agreed, and less interesting. But both gives us a real sense of who they are and why we should love them. We also visit a big luxurious mansion in the hills of Los Angeles with an incredible view on the city, and we discover there walls have been built all around; and also a very intruiging place called the Sanctuary House. I won’t spoil what it’s about but you’ll discover soon enough (and you can guess). Carlton Cuse definitely knows how to create conflicts, raise questions and gives a sense of mystery to everything, without forgetting to picture properly his heroes. I have nothing to say about the kids… and the dog. They are kids, one is cute, one is an angry teenager. And this is a dog. Like any other dog.

I’m a not a big fan of either Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies, and I don’t think either Bates Motel and The Strain are incredible shows we should all watch, but I feel like Colony is special enough to be highly anticipated by the TV junkies we are. It’s a departure from what USA Network has accustomed us to so it’s hard to tell which direction they want the show to go to and what is the long-term plan, but the pilot script is skillfully constructed and made me want to read (and watch) more. I’m suspicious though: how far can they go? It will have to go darker at some point to stay relevant…