USA Network continues its expansion into unscripted programming with a series order to Partners In Crime, pilot pickup of All In and a development deal for The Cowboy Way. “Our approach to reality storytelling is to showcase a broad spectrum of life’s real characters,” said Heather Olander, USA’s SVP Alternative Programming.
Partners In Crime is a docu-soap featuring colorful criminal defense attorneys Mario Gallucci and partner Big Lou Gelormino, who have made a practice out of taking on infamous cases. They are not only partners in the courtroom, they’re best friends. They may bicker like brothers, but they wouldn’t miss getting together on Sunday night for a family dinner, complete with Mario’s specialty — spaghetti and buffalo chicken meatballs. Partners In Crime is produced by Peacock Prods, NBC News’ non-fiction production unit.
All In stars Brandon Lang, one of the country’s winningest handicappers, who will knock on the door of an unsuspecting American family with a suitcase full of cash and an opportunity of a lifetime: an ultimate gaming adventure. With real money at stake, he will put his handicapping expertise and luck to the test as he and the family embark on a series of high-stakes games to build their bank, one bet at a time. The pilot is produced by Undercover Boss‘ Studio Lambert, with former MTV bigwigs Brian Graden and Lois Curren executive producing.
The Cowboy Way is a docu-series following the lives of the men and women who work on a lone Texas cattle ranch. Faced with the worst single-year drought and wildfires that have claimed more than 4 million acres, the ranchers have begun to sell off herds in numbers not seen since the Dust Bowl days. As they battle the elements, these ranchers struggle to keep the “cowboy way” alive. Raw TV (Gold Rush: Alaska) is producing.
Partners In Crime joins USA’s The Moment and The Choir, with all three series slated for 2013 premieres. All In joins another reality pilot, Shed Media’s Bride Or Best Man, which begins production next month.