USA Network may be the No. 1 basic-cable network for the seventh year running, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t want to up it’s game when it comes to original programming. On Wednesday USA announced that it had given the green light to three new drama pilots, including one from “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix. “These pilots illustrate our continued commitment to creating the next evolution of powerful original dramas for which USA is well known,” said Chris McCumber, the network’s president, in a news release. “This particular mix of dramas comes from some of the top writers and producers in the industry, each of whom brings a distinct point of view and unique talent for developing high-stakes story lines and compelling characters.” The announcement that Nix has a new show in the works comes hot on the heels of the September series finale of “Burn Notice.”In its seven years on air, Burn Notice was a huge hit for USA. In 2009 it became the most-watched scripted series ever on basic cable in the coveted 18-49 demographic. It was nominated for multiple Emmys over the years. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers In September Nix told The Times , “I have another show at USA — a pilot — hopefully it’ll go to series but you never know, and I’m acutely conscious of how lucky I was to have something like ‘Burn Notice’ my first time out. I know firsthand not everything is successful and you really have to savor the things that are.” Nix’s new project is titled “Complications” and it’s about a jaded suburban ER doctor who saves a child’s life during a drive-by shooting, killing one of the assailants in the process. It turns out, however, that the boy’s life has been marked and the doctor makes it his mission to protect him. The second pilot to get the go is “The Novice,” about a recent college grad who, thanks to the sour economy, turns to a life of crime to support himself and his family. It was created by Joe and Tony Gayton ( “Hell on Wheels” ). The final contender is “Rush.” It was created by Jonathan Levine ( “Warm Bodies” ) and is about a Hollywood doctor who makes discreet house calls to the rich and famous while also partying with the best of them. That’s until a former lover reappears and challenges the way he views his life.
Tonights lineup: Howard | Beasley, Besler, Cameron, Evans | Donovan, Jones, Diskerud, Bedoya | Johansson, Altidore. Aaron Johansson gets his first national team start, and Alejandro Bedoya edges out Graham Zusi on the right. Falling further behind is Joe Corona, who is out of favor at Club Tijuana (which is a soccer team, not that place with those girls where they dont allow photos). Heres kickoff from Kansas City, KANSAS, the smaller but infinitely more logical Kansas City 1 – This game might be meaningless for us, but Jamaica can still technically qualify. Technically. Like I can technically run a four minute mile theres nothing mathematically keeping me from doing it. 10 – I just learned that in the hexagonal, Jamaica score once every four hours, or as DC United call it: goals coming in buckets. 16 Beasley with a nice steal and shot thats the first actual effort expended in this match. The USA are in full meh mode. 17 Johansson shoots wide. Im not worried about Johanssons finishing. Ive learned two things from YouTube: 1) Johansson can finish, and 2) Kittens + empty paper bag = adorable. 26 – Its obvious that the USA arent super-motivated for this match. Thats understandable; the job is done. And they have major commitments to their club teams, who sign their paychecks.
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Dallas won games early on, with contributions from their midfield at least as important as the vaunted trio; Hassli was a bust and Perez was in and out of the side with international duty, suspensions, injuries etc. And Cooper? Cooper went from last season’s 20-goal man back to being what he’s been in recent seasons an enigma. Still a finisher on his day, but no target man for the size of him, and prone to dry patches in front of goal. Cooper had made 17 starts and 11 substitute appearances before Saturday night’s visit of Chicago Fire , suggesting Schellas Hyndman had questions over what he can do for this team. Cooper hadn’t scored in 15 games until last week, when he came on as a half time sub for Mauro Diaz against RSL, to score and salvage a point, before this week bringing FC Dallas , at one point 3-0 down to Chicago Fire, to within a goal, by scoring twice in the last half hour (again after coming on as a sub for Diaz). That was as close as Cooper and Dallas got though, as their competitive season ended on Saturday night. They’d needed a win to stay in remote contention for a playoff spot and ended up making it all too easy for a Chicago team trying to stay in touch with their own playoff rivals in the East. With Philadelphia’s late equalizer in DC, Chicago now join Montreal and the Union on 46 points with New England just one behind. Dallas meanwhile, join Chivas USA in the West’s “nothing to play for” pile. Dallas’s slump seemed dramatic, but in truth a favorable early schedule possibly had them artificially elevated as spring became summer. And Cooper was just one player in a squad that never looked like exceeding the sum of its parts on paper, and that lacked the belief to dig themselves out of trouble when it came.