USA to Push 100 Hours of Original Fare

USA Network expects to heat up the Nielsens this summer with its returning quartet of existing original series, flanked by new entry Burn Notice and six-hour event The Starter Wife.

Factoring in the abovementioned projects with new episodes from original standbys and fresh fare from its professional-wrestling franchise, USA will near the triple-digits in terms of original-hour delivery this summer.

“With The Starter Wife and Burn Notice joining our hits Monk (sixth season), Psych (second), The 4400 (fourth), The Dead Zone (sixth) and WWE Raw, we’re looking at about 100 hours of original content,” said Bonnie Hammer, president of USA and Sci Fi Channel, in a prepared statement. “It clearly positions USA as an industry leader, the go-to place for strong original programming.”

USA will kick off its summer season May 31 with the premiere of The Starter Wife, six hours based on The New York Times best-seller-list novel from author Gigi Levanagie Grazer. Starring Debra Messing (Will & Grace) in a sexy, funny tour de force performance, the story details one woman’s quest to redefine herself following years of marriage to a Hollywood studio head.

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