Bryan Singer to produce Syfy miniseries

USA reveals slate full of big names at TCA

USA Network is looking to extend its winning streak in original series with a development slate that includes projects from Stephen J. Cannell, Mike Newell and Tom Fontana, while fellow NBC Universal cable net Syfy is reteaming with director Bryan Singer for a six-hour limited series.

The announcements were made Wednesday during NBC Universal's portion of the summer TCA press tour.

The Syfy project has Singer, who first collaborated with the network on the 2005 miniseries "The Triangle," working on a new project in the vein of "The Da Vinci Code" and "National Treasure."

The series from Industry Entertainment is described as an action-adventure about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world. Singer is producing with Andrew Deane and Keith Addis.

"Our story will explore whether we are truly alone in the universe and other related mysteries, all of which are set against the backdrop of an incredibly exciting and fast-paced adventure," Singer said.

USA announced nine series in development, all produced in-house by 1-year-old Universal Cable Prods. The projects include:

-- "Rock Doc," from Newell and writer Todd Samovitz ("Wonderland"), about a rock star who goes to medical school. Newell is exec producing with Laverne McKinnon and Mary Martin.

-- "Hotel Dix," with Fontana ("Oz") producing and writing, about an old-school hotel detective brought back to work at a modern establishment. Adam Bernstein will direct and exec produce.

-- An untitled project from Cannell and Scott Kaufer is about a former auto mechanic who goes undercover.

-- "Crash Dummies," from Reveille and exec producer Matt Pyken ("Knight Rider"), about a Hollywood stuntman and a team of offbeat special-effects specialists. John Schneider is attached to star and produce.

-- "Facing Kate," from writer Michael Sardo ("Caroline in the City"), a legal drama about a mediator from a family of corporate lawyers. Sardo is exec producing with Steve Stark.

-- "Gourmet Detective," from writer David Breckman and Randy Zisk ("Monk"), about a "food detective" who travels the world and stumbles across culinary-related murders.

-- "Busy Bodies," written by Billy Finnegan and exec produced by Jimmy Miller, about a soccer mom who teams with a gay stay-at-home dad to solve mysteries.

-- "Good Cop, Bad Cop," from writer John Quaintance ("Notes From the Underbelly"), about an estranged brother and sister paired up as cops in their small hometown.

-- "Louise Candell," from writer/exec producer Matthew Lieberman and exec producer John Wirth, about a rising female attorney who unexpectedly becomes a YouTube star -- for all the wrong reasons.