USA eradicates ‘Sins’ after 13 segs

Cabler, producers disagree on show's direction

NEW YORK — USA Network has canceled one of its two highly touted firstrun weekly primetime action hours, “Sins of the City,” which premiered six weeks ago in the Saturday-at-10 timeslot.

Sources said Alliance Communications and Chesler-Perlmutter Prods., the producers of “Sins,” wanted the series to take on a darker tone, like USA’s hit original “La Femme Nikita,” whereas USA preferred a more straightforward action melodrama. USA and the producers of “Sins” were unavailable for comment on the cancellation.

The second of the two new Saturday thrillers, “The Net,” from Columbia TriStar, based on the Sandra Bullock theatrical movie, got a full-season pickup last week, extending the production schedule to 22 episodes in the 9 p.m. Saturday time period.

The average Nielsen rating of “Sins” for the six weeks was a less than enthralling 1.3 in cable households, with a 3 share, according to USA’s researchers. “Net” was also averaging only a 1.3 rating and 3 share, but in its most recent Saturday, Aug. 29, the show’s rating had gone up to a 1.5.

Filmed in Miami, “Sins” stars Australian actor Marcus Graham as a private investigator who gets psychologically involved in his cases. The executive producers are Lewis Chesler, Steve Feke and Oscar L. Costo. The show will stop production after the completion of 13 episodes.

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