The USA network is starting to get more real. The network announced that it is expanding its reality slate, ordering criminal defense “docu-soap” “Partners in Crime” to series and a pilot for high-stakes gaming show “All In.” In addition, “The Cowboy Way,” about cattle ranchers in Texas, is in development.
In announcing the new shows Oct. 25, Heather Olander, USA’s senior vice president, alternative programming, said, “Our approach to reality storytelling is to showcase a broad spectrum of life’s real characters. By partnering with these reality heavyweights, whose distinct voices have influenced the genre, we are offering audiences a new reason to engage with USA.”
“Partners in Crime” features criminal defense attorney partners and best friends Mario Gallucci and his partner, “Big Lou” Gelormino, known for taking on infamous cases.
The focus of “All In” is winning handicapper Brandon Lang, who will offer an American family cash to use for high-stakes betting, while he puts “his handicapping expertise and luck to the test.” Brian Graden (“South Park”) and Lois Curren (“The Osbournes,” “Punk’d”) will serve as executive producers.
“The Cowboy Way” follows the men and women who work on a Texas cattle ranch struggling to “keep the cowboy way alive” as they cope with the aftermath of drought and devastating wildfires.
USA’s other new reality series, “The Moment” and “The Choir” are set to premiere in 2013, with the pilot for “Bride or Best Man” starting production on its pilot in November.