USA Network Trying to Change Its Image

Apr 8, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Within the next year, dramas that will be televised on USA Network will feature a “vigilante hacker, an invasion of Los Angeles and a doctor who gets into a gun battle with gang members,” TV writer David Bauder reports in an AP story, noting that it’s all part of an image change for USA.

Amid a dip in ratings, the general-interest network is trying to get darker and grittier, Bauder reports. The shift from lighter procedurals along the lines of “Monk” and “Psych” will include shows with ongoing storylines.

“Two will begin in June: ‘Mr. Robot,’ a hacker drama that features Rami Malek and Christian Slater, described as ‘The Social Network’ meets ‘Fight Club.’ The drama ‘Complications’ is about a suburban doctor who intervenes in a drive-by shooting, picking up a gun and firing back,” Bauder writes.

Coming in fall is “Colony,” a mystery from “Lost” producer Carlton Cuse set in an occupied L.A.

The cable channel has averaged 1.82 million viewers in prime time during the past year — a decline from 2.9 million three years ago, Bauder notes, citing Nielsen data.

Please click on the link near the top of this story to read the rest of Bauder’s report.

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