4:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Hollywood Drama 'Paradise Pictures' Passed Over at USA, Being Shopped Elsewhere
USA Network is not going to Paradise.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has opted to pass on the 1940s Hollywood drama pilot, with producers Universal Cable Productions shopping the project to other networks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Suits duo Aaron Korsh and Rick Muirragui, Paradise stars Morgan Spector, Denyse Tontz and Duane Henry and centers on ambitious people striving to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, when the dream factory was at its peak. They aren't, however, prepared for the challenges they're about to face: the end of the studio monopolies, the blacklist and the new disruptive technology of television.
The drama, first announced in early April as part of USA's development slate, hails from Universal Cable Productions, with Muirragui attached to pen the script and exec produce alongside Suits showrunner Korsh. Sources tell THR that UCP is high on the project and a sale to another network is considered likely.
Paradise was one of six dramas in contention at USA as the cabler looks to build on the critical success of Mr. Robot. USA is mulling decisions on the futures of Shooter, Falling Water, Poor Richard's Almanack, The Wilding and Brooklyn Animal Control.