EXCLUSIVE: Carlton Cuse is officially the hardest-working drama showrunner in town with three series and two pilots on his plate. USA Network has handed a pilot green light to Colony (working title), from Lost alum Cuse and Hercules co-writer Ryan Condal, who co-created the project and will executive produce. It hails from Legendary Television, marking the first scripted pilot for the company, and Universal Cable Prods.
Written by Condal, Colony was featured on USA’s development slate in May. It is described as a naturalistic drama set in the near future in Los Angeles, which exists in a state of occupation by a force of alien intruders. Some collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. The project centers on a family torn by opposing forces and making difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race.
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“Colony is a gripping story that brilliantly weaves together an intense family drama in an authentic, yet unknown, world,” said USA President Chris McCumber. USA had been looking to return to the alien genre space, which the network tackled with the 2007 sci-fi series The 4400. Its most previous batch of pilots included World War II alien drama Horizon, which didn’t go to series.
Colony marks the second collaboration between Cuse and Condal, who previously executive produced NBC’s comic book-based drama pilot The Sixth Gun, penned by Condal. Meanwhile, Condal has an existing relationship with Legendary on the feature side as co-writer of Paradise Lost. With the pickup of Colony, Cuse has three series and two pilots at cable and digital outlets: series Bates Motel and the upcoming The Returned at A&E as well as The Strain at FX and pilots Colony and Civil War drama Point Of Honor at Amazon. At USA, Colony joins drama pilots Stanistan and Mr. Robot.