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USA Network orders drama pilot

Project from Heuton, Falacci based on Leonard short story

USA Network is ordering a pilot from writers Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci based on a short story from the Elmore Leonard anthology “When the Women Come Out to Dance.”

The drama from Heuton and Falacci, who were co-creators of CBS’ procedural “Numbers,” centers on a Miami businessman who is contemplating a run for political office and tries to increase his chances of being elected by marrying a Colombian woman who is on the run from her troubled past.

What starts as a marriage of convenience quickly escalates into much more as the woman proves to be more resourceful at “fixing” any problem the corrupt political scene throws at her husband.

Untitled project comes from Universal Cable Prods. and Doug Liman’s Hypnotic shingle.

Cabler will now have three pilots in production, including half-hour comedies “Paging Dr. Freed” and “Sirens” — both of which are still in the casting stage.

Next new drama to air for USA Network is creator Jeff Eastin’s “Graceland,” which stars “Rescue Me” vet Daniel Sunjata.

On the reality side, NBCUniversal cabler will premiere “The Moment” and “The Choir” next year.

FX has had success adapting Leonard’s work into series television with Timothy Olyphant starrer “Justified,” which has run for three seasons. In 2003, ABC aired “Karen Sisco,” with Carla Gugino, but that only lasted one season.

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