ShowsUSA Network Original Series Returning in Blue Sky Era

USA Network Original Series Returning in Blue Sky Era

USA Network is set to welcome characters once again. This comes after the recent streaming success of several 2000s-era USA originals.

Most notably, “Suits” dominated Netflix earlier this year. This success inspired a Los Angeles-based spinoff. The network is now getting back in the scripted series game, according to our sister site, Deadline.

USA is reportedly aiming to recapture the magic of its “blue sky” period. This era was known for fun, breezy hits like “Burn Notice”, “Covert Affairs”, “In Plain Sight”, “Monk”, “Psych”, “Royal Pains”, “Suits”, and “White Collar”. The network later shifted to darker fare like “Mr. Robot” and “The Sinner”. Despite receiving critical acclaim, these shows were not as commercially successful.

The new shows are expected to premiere sometime in 2025. They will reportedly be produced for $2-3 million per episode. This makes them considerably less expensive than most of today’s cable and streaming programming.

TVLine spoke with USA brass in July 2011, arguably at the peak of the cabler’s heyday. At that time, “White Collar”, “Covert Affairs”, and “Burn Notice” were all burning hot. “Suits” and “Necessary Roughness” had just enjoyed strong debuts. Then co-president Jeff Wachtel remarked on the success of the network’s shows.

Several of those “blue sky” hits have already returned in the form of reunion movies. “Psych”, for instance, has released three feature-length projects on Peacock with more reportedly on the way. Tony Shalhoub recently reunited the cast for “Mr. Monk’s Last Case”, which hit the streamer on Dec. 8.

TVLine also recently spoke with “White Collar” star Matt Bomer. He revealed that there has been “very legitimate talk” about him returning to the screen as Neal Caffrey. He said, “A lot of things need to fall into place, but there is a plan in effect, at least, so we’ll see what happens.”

If USA is looking to revive “Burn Notice”, series star Jeffrey Donovan just left “Law & Order”. Maybe it’s time to give him a call?

This report includes additional reporting by Matt Mitovich.

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