The development for “Stanistan,” a TV drama that’s supposed to run on USA Network, is no longer pushing forward. The show has been passed on by the cable channel. Read on for more about this news story.
Back in May 2014, USA Network first announced that it will be developing a batch of new shows for the next season that included the drama series “Stanistan.” By September, the show’s production was able to cast Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”) in the lead, playing a press officer for a fictional state department based in Middle East. She would’ve been joined by Jonathan Cake (“Desperate Housewives”) and Zach Gilford (“Friday Night Lights”) who play government workers as well. The show was supposed to strike a “delicate balance of danger and silliness,” as published in a previous Deadline report.
However, five months later, the network has announced that it will no longer pursue with “Stanistan,” citing no reasons for why it pulled the plug. In the wake of the cancellation, Carpenter has recently divulged that she is pregnant with her first baby with Seth Avett, while TVLine says that Gilford is already moving on with a new project, a political drama series on ABC.
“Stanistan” was written by Andy Parker and produced under Universal Cable Productions. Insiders said that the premise of the show was great, blending comedy and drama seamlessly, in a setting that was filled with tension. It remains to be seen whether “Stanistan” gets a shot at a different network elsewhere, but for now, the project is considered finished.
With the cancellation, USA Network has only two other pilots in commitment — “Colony” with Carlton Cuse as the showrunner and “Mr. Robot,” which Christian Slater in the titular role. The other shows that were announced as in development about the same time as “Stanistan,” namely “Evil Men” and “Queen of the South,” are still in production, with their status still quite unclear.
“Stanistan” would have been Carpenter’s return to television, two years after her last series ended. But with the news of her pregnancy, the timing may have worked out for the better for her.
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