USA Network has made decisions on its two outstanding drama pilots, Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the IDW Publishing comic created by JT Petty, and Poor Richard’s Almanack. According to sources, none of the two is going forward.
I hear Brooklyn Animal Control, from Universal Cable Prods., will be redeveloped with Petty, who also wrote the original pilot and executive produced it with David S. Goyer, Circle of Confusion’s Rick Jacobs & David Alpert, and IDW Entertainment’s David Ozer & Ted Adams. Meanwhile, USA network has passed on Poor Richard’s Almanack, from Legendary TV and UCP, with the two studios expected to shop the pilot elsewhere. Both projects had high-concept, unusual premises.
Brooklyn Animal Control follows the inner workings of a secret subdivision of the NYPD that functions as social services for some of the city’s most unique citizens — werewolves. Delving into the lives of both the Case Officers, and the secretive, highly insular Kveld-Ulf, a community of werewolves living deep in the borough, the drama will examine city politics, immigrant communities, and families divided by ambition, secrecy, and tradition.
Written by executive producer Jim Danger Gray and consulting producer Miguel Sapochnik, Poor Richard’s Almanack weaves modern day and a possible future where characters have changed radically and revolves around a cadre of heroes who emerge as the new “Founding Fathers” after America is pushed to the brink of collapse.
Of its other recent pilots, USA picked up to series Falling Water and Shooter while passing on Paradise Pictures and The Wilding. The network also has straight-to-series drama Eyewitness.