USA closed out the week of upfront presentations in New York City and the top-rated cable network rolled out trailers for all of their upcoming series, as well as welcome Modern Family to their brood.
While the network showed a trailer for Graceland, their new gritty crime drama loosely based on the true life story about a group of FBI agents who live together at a picturesque beachfront home, the network debuted a full trailer on Thursday. Lead by Les Mis star Aaron Tveit, Graceland — which debuted at SXSW and is currently available on demand — takes the fail-safe USA formula (glossy, attractive cast, snappy banter), but gives it a grittier, darker twist. Also looking to shake things up at USA is the World War II thriller Horizon. Shrouded in mystery, the teaser trailer gives the impression that aliens could be on the horizon for the FBI workers in Horizon. Plus, there’s the oh-so-cute Bryan Greenberg in the adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s The Arrangement.
In addition to Graceland (which premiers on June 24) and Horizon, USA announced two new scripted comedies: the grown-gal-pals-living-together show Playing House (featuring Bridesmaids star Jessica St. Clair) and the Denis Leary-produced wise guy emergency responder series Sirens. The network is also getting into the unscripted game with the Big Brother-goes-to-summer-camp series called, you guessed it, Summer Camp and the lawyer reality show Partners in Crime.
But, the network’s biggest get for the 2013 season, by far, is nabbing awards show favorite Modern Family in syndication. (The cast filmed a cable-friendly, hilariously raunchy segment for the upfronts. You’ve never really seen the Dunphys until you’ve heard them drop the F-bomb). Welcome to USA, Gloria.