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USA Has Designs on Half-Hour Comedies Again; Is Talking to a Sitcom Veteran

May 27, 2010  •  Post A Comment

USA Network may be jumping back into half-hour comedies after signing a script deal to develop "Driven," a single-camera comedy produced by a major sitcom veteran, reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

The deal is with "Designing Women" creator Linda Bloodworth, and would represent the network’s first half-hour project in more than a decade. The vehicle stars Ron White as a man who loses his job and starts a limo service, the article says. Bloodworth will write the script and executive produce with her husband and work-partner Harry Thomason.

The project comes as USA is seeking to expand beyond its hourlong shows, according to USA president of original programming Jeff Wachtel. "It’s a carefully staged assault; we’re not busting the door open, we’re cautiously opening the door to half-hour comedy,” he said.

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