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Meanwhile, at USA Network...

By admin Published: May 17, 2007

As a change of pace from the broadcast announcements, with season premiere dates for "4400," "Psych," "Dead Zone," other stuff...

USA Network will present six original series this summer, more than any other cable network has ever offered during that period, establishing an industry record. The line-up includes returning hit series, a six-hour television event and the launch of a new original series.

New Series Premieres

THE STARTER WIFE, - THE STARTER WIFE, a sexy, savvy and wickedly funny tour de force based on Gigi Levangie Grazer’s New York Times best-seller, is about life after divorce and one woman’s quest to redefine herself after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio head. THE STARTER WIFE stars Emmy winner Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Tony and Emmy winner Joe Mantegna (“Joan of Arcadia”), Emmy winner and Academy Award nominee Judy Davis (“Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadow”), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (“Dreamgirls”), Miranda Otto (“Lord of the Rings”), Peter Jacobson (“As Good As it Gets”), Stephen Moyer (“Quills”), Aden Young (“The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course”) and Chris Diamantopoulos (“Boston Legal”) also star. It was directed by Jon Avnet (“Fried Green Tomatoes”) and written by Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon (“Runaway Bride”). THE STARTER WIFE is produced by Hay Pop Pty Limited in association with McGibbon/Parriott Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment, for NBC Universal Television Studio. Stephanie Davis (“The Caveman’s Valentine”) and Howard Klein (“The Office,” “Carnivale”) serve as executive producers for 3 Arts, with Jon Avnet, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott also serving as executive producers. Jeff Hayes serves as co-executive producer.

Two hour premiere on Thursday, May 31 from 9-11pm, followed by four one-hour subsequent episodes at 9pm/8c

BURN NOTICE - When spies get fired, they don’t get a letter from human resources, they get a “burn notice.” Thus begins a new action & suspense original series from USA Network. BURN NOTICE stars Jeffrey Donovan (“Touching Evil,” “Hitch”) as Michael Weston, a spy who has been given a burn notice…he’s been fired from his job and has to investigate who did it to him and why. Series also stars Gabrielle Anwar (“The Tudors,” “Scent of A Woman”) as ex-lover and IRA spy Fiona, Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead,” “Spiderman 3”) as Michael’s only friend and former spy himself, Sam, and Sharon Gless (“Queer as Folk,” “Cagney & Lacey”) as Madeline, Michael’s hypochondriac mother. BURN NOTICE was written and co-executive produced by Matt Nix (“Chasing Vermeer”) and executive produced by Mikkel Bondesen (“Catch That Kid”). It is produced by Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment. Jace Alexander directed the pilot.

Premiering Thursday, June 28 at 10pm/9c

Returning Series

THE 4400 - Returning for its fourth season, the Emmy®-nominated and critically acclaimed hit series will premiere in summer 2007 with 13 one-hour original episodes. The 4400 explores the travails of the 4400 people who all at once returned in a ball of light to Earth; though the returnees had not aged physically, many of them reappeared with dramatic abilities ranging from enhanced reflexes to precognition. NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command) is the government agency responsible for keeping track of the returnees and investigating all things related to the 4400. People’s Choice Award winner Billy Campbell reprises his role as Jordan Collier for the first time as a series regular. Returning cast members include Joel Gretsch (“Taken”), Jacqueline McKenzie (“Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”), Patrick Flueger (“The Princess Diaries”), Conchita Campbell (“Scary Movie 4”), Megalyn Echikunwoke (“That ’70s Show”) and Chad Faust (“Saved”). Jenni Baird (“Conviction”) joins the cast this season. THE 4400 was created by executive producer Scott Peters and René Echevarria. Ira Steven Behr, Peters and Maira Suro return as executive producers. THE 4400 is produced by CBS Paramount Network Television in association with Sky Television, Renegade 83 and American Zoetrope for USA Network.

Premiering Sunday, June 17 at 9pm/8c

THE DEAD ZONE - Returning for a sixth season as one of basic cable's top-rated series THE DEAD ZONE is a psychological thriller blending action, romance, the paranormal and a continuing quest for justice. In one of the most demanding roles on series television, Anthony Michael Hall stars as Johnny Smith, a man injured in a near-fatal car crash, who emerges from a six-yearlong coma with psychic powers that allow him to see into the past and future through visions triggered by touch. Cara Buono (“The Sopranos,” “Third Watch”) joins the cast this season. THE DEAD ZONE was created for television by acclaimed executive producer Michael Piller (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager”) and his son, Shawn Piller (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Star Trek: Voyager,” “Wildfire,” “Greek”). Executive producers are Lloyd Segan (“The Bachelor,” “Wildfire,” “Greek”), Shawn Piller and Scott Shepherd (“Tru Calling,” “Angela’s Eyes,” “North Shore”).

Premiering Sunday, June 17 at 10pm/9c

MONK - Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Tony Shalhoub returns for a sixth season as Adrian Monk, the obsessive-compulsive detective. With great guest-stars, creative cases and an all-star cast including Traylor Howard, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford, MONK continues to be one of cable's quirkiest and most-watched shows. MONK is executive produced by David Hoberman, Andy Breckman, Tony Shalhoub and Randy Zisk. Fern Field and Tom Scharpling serve as co-executive producers. Anthony Santa Croce and John Collier are producers. MONK is from NBC Universal Television Studio in association with Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television. Guest stars include Sarah Silverman (“The Sarah Silverman Program,” “The School of Rock”), Sharon Lawrence (“Desperate Housewives,” “NYPD Blue”), Snoop Dogg (“Starsky & Hutch,” “The L Word”), Kurupt (“Johnson Family Vacation,” upcoming in “A Day in the Life”) & Emmy Clarke (“My House in Umbria,” “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus”) as Julie Teeger.

Premiering Friday, July 13 at 9pm/8c

PSYCH - The #1 new show on cable in 2006, PSYCH is a quick-witted one-hour drama staring James Roday (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) as young police consultant Shawn Spencer who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute the precinct detectives think he's psychic -- at least that's what he lets them believe. The series also stars Dulé Hill (“The West Wing”) as Shawn's best friend and reluctant sidekick Gus, and Corbin Bernsen (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “L.A. Law”) as Shawn's disapproving father, Henry, who ironically was the one who honed his son's "obseration" skills as a child. Also featured are Timothy Omundson (“Judging Amy,” “Deadwood”), Maggie Lawson (“Crumbs,” “Inside Schwartz”) and Kirsten Nelson (“Everwood”). PSYCH is executive produced by Steve Franks (“Big Daddy”), in association with Tagline Pictures’ Kelly Kulchack and Chris Henze and NBC Universal Television Studios.

Premiering Friday, July 13 at 10pm/9c

SPECIALS

AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Al Pacino will receive the 35th AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, the highest honor given for a career in film. The award will be presented to Pacino at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 7 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Pacino has starred in some of the most highly-acclaimed movies including “The Godfather,” “The Godfather Part II,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Scarface” and “Serpico.” He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and won for “Scent of a Woman” in 1992.

Premieres Tuesday, June 19 at 9pm/8c

SPORTS

US OPEN - As summer winds down, the USA Network heats up with the 2007 US OPEN. The top tennis players around the world converge in Flushing, NY for the last of the four Grand Slam events. The USA Network will be there with 95 hours of live tennis action.

Airs Monday, August 27 – September 9, 2007

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