Alien pilot comes in for landing at USA

Hourlong skein '4400' set for summer preem

HOLLYWOOD — Aliens have landed at USA.

Cabler has picked up the sci-fi drama pilot “The 4400” to series.

Project was ordered as a pilot plus five scripts from exec producers Rene Echevarria (“Dark Angel”) and Maira Suro (“Platinum”) last year (Daily Variety, Dec. 4). Ira Steven Behr (“The Twilight Zone”) also exec produces.

Hourlong series centers on the drama that ensues after 4,400 alien abductees mysteriously return to earth.

“The 4400” is set for a summer premiere on USA, which will also roll out a new season of scripted original “The Dead Zone” in June. Skein is planned as a limited series, with the possibility of more episodes should the first round perform well.

Peter Coyote, Joel Gretsch and Jacqueline McKenzie starred in the pilot alongside Michael Moriarty, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Laura Allen, Kaj-Erik Eriksen and Chad Faust.

Yves Simoneau directed the episode from a script by creator Scott Peters (“The Outer Limits”) and Echevarria.

“The 4400” is produced by Viacom Prods. in association with American Zoetrope and Renegade 83.

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