‘Dead’ will remain alive on USA

Record-setting show adds Schaefer as exec producer

HOLLYWOOD — The USA Network foresees a third season of “The Dead Zone.”

Cabler has snapped up an additional 13 segs of the supernatural series, with production slated to resume in fall.

Show has also added Karl Schaefer (“Eerie, Indiana”) as an exec producer.

“Dead Zone” still wears the crown for the best-ever premiere for a new scripted series on basic cable, having harvested 6.4 total million viewers in June 2002.

Sci-fi skein’s renewal, however, comes in the wake of declining ratings for the series. First season averaged a healthy 2.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, but show sank to a 1.6 in the second. Numbers for season two’s extra summer segs drooped slightly further.

By comparison, USA’s other signature show, “Monk,” is averaging a 1.74 in the same demo and has increased its households rating in its sophomore run to 3.4, up from 3.3.

“Dead Zone,” based on the Stephen King novel, stars Anthony Michael Hall and David Ogden Stiers.

Exec producers are creator-scribe Michael Piller, Lloyd Segan and Schaefer.

“Dead Zone” is produced by Lions Gate TV and Paramount Intl. Television.