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USA goes for ‘Jones’ skein

'Aphrodite' follows author, team of experts trying to crack real cases

USA Network has commissioned “Aphrodite Jones,” a reality crime-solving show starring the true crime author of the same name, who wrote the book “All She Wanted,” about Brandon Teena.

Skein has been in development at Buena Vista Prods., which will produce the show. Ron Vandor, who launched and exec produced “Real TV” and exec produced “Hard Copy,” is exec producing.

USA’s initial commitment is to air the show as an hourlong primetime summer special. However, as production gets underway this spring, USA execs will consider turning it into a regular franchise for the general entertainment cable net, Chris Sloan, senior VP of reality specials and programming, said.

“Aphrodite” is one of the first reality projects to come from the network since Sloan joined the network in November. Sloan also was instrumental in a reality project with former Hell’s Angels leader Chuck Zito, currently in production and slated to debut April 22 as a special. Dubbed “Street Justice,” the special also has the potential of becoming a regular series.

“Aphrodite” will follow the author and a team of experts in the process of trying to crack real cases.

“It’s our goal to have this become a series,” Sloan said. “The goal is to solve and find solutions. There will be times when we solve, and other times when we just further the ball. But we won’t drop a case. We’ll do follow-ups.”

And the crew won’t shy away from failure along the journey to a solution, he said. “In the pilot, they hit a couple of wrong apartments before finding the right one. A lot of shows would burn that footage. To me that’s as dramatic as success.”

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