USA Network has given a series pickup to “To Love and Die,” a light one-hour from creator Sara Goodman, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Television and Universal Media Studios.
The network has ordered 11 additional episodes of “Die,” which centers on a fun-loving thirtysomething (Shiri Appleby) with abandonment issues who becomes convinced that her dating problems would be resolved if only she could track down the father (Tim Matheson) she never knew. When she finds him, she discovers that he’s an assassin and that she might have found her calling.
“It has a high-concept character at its center and a light tone with a somewhat twisted soul, which fits our brand perfectly,” said USA executive vp original programming Jeff Wachtel.
On the series, Appleby and Matheson are joined by Frances Fisher, Christine Adams, and Kristin Datillo. Additionally, negotiations are underway with the pilot’s co-star Ivan Sergei to continue on the series.
While the timing of the series pickup is said to be tied to the options on the actors in the pilot coming up, the network’s decision to order “Die” was prompted by its recent success with the female-centered miniseries “The Starter Wife.”
[Via Hollywood Reporter]