USA Enters King's Dead Zone

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In its most expensive original series ever, USA Network said Thursday that it
has ordered 22 episodes of Dead Zone, a drama based on fright author
Steven King's similarly titled novel.

The series, produced by Lion's Gate Television and starring Anthony Michael
Hall, will cost the network about $1 million per episode, sources close to the
situation said.

Dead Zone, expected to launch in June, is the only scripted series the
network has scheduled for 2002. Two other pilots -- tentatively titled
Monk and Red Skies -- are under consideration, network executives
said.

USA is scheduled to launch reality-based series Combat Missions Jan.
16. The network debuted late-night game-show series Smush last
month.

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