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USA Network Orders Elmore Leonard Adaptation to Pilot

The project, based on a short story from "When the Women Come Out to Dance," was originally developed at NBC.

When the Women Come Out to Dance Book Cover - P 2011

USA Network is getting into the Elmore Leonard business.

The cable network has ordered to pilot an adaptation of Leonard's short story from the anthology When the Women Come Out to Dance from Numb3rs co-creators Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci, it was announced by Bill McGoldrick, evp, original scripted programming at USA.

STORY: Universal Cable Productions Sells Elmore Leonard Adaptation to NBC

The story centers on a Miami businessman who is contemplating a run for political office and tries to increase his chances of being elected by marrying a Columbian woman who is on the run from her troubled past. What starts as a marriage of convenience quickly escalates into much more as his new wife proves to be more resourceful at "fixing" any problem the corrupt, South Miami political scene throws at her husband.

The Hypnotic project was the first that Universal Cable Productions sold to corporate sibling NBC last year.

STORY: USA Network Developing Projects With 'Psych,' 'Royal Pains' Creators

UCP produces Syfy's Warehouse 13, as well as USA's Psych and Royal Pains. Hypnotic is also behind USA's Suits and Covert Affairs.

USA is developing projects from Royal Pains and Psych creators, and will launch new drama Graceland from White Collar's Jeff Eastin. It also has several pilots in the works, including the comedy Paging Dr. Freed.

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