USA Network has placed a series order for a drama that was the cable channel’s last undecided pilot from its 2014-2015 slate. Writing on the Deadline.com website, Nellie Andreeva reports that the cable channel gave a 13-episode order to “Queen of the South.”
The series is set to premiere in 2016.
“The pilot was developed and produced by Fox 21 TV Studios (then Fox TV Studios), which will now co-produce with Universal Cable Prods.,” the report notes. “Based on best-selling book ‘La Reina del Sur’ by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, ‘Queen of the South’ tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.”
The pilot was penned by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller, who are executive producing with David Friendly and Pancho Mansfield.