USA Network watchers may soon have a reason to stay up late.
The cable giant is in the very early stages of developing a late- night talker. It would be from Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions.
The untitled project would be similar to morning talk shows, yet would air at 12:01 a.m., making it truly the first “morning show” each day. It would join the crowded late- night game that includes Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart. This is USA’s first foray into this arena, though it has had late night specialty programs like Rhonda Shear’s “Up All Night” in the 90’s.
Rob Cohen (“The Big Band Theory,” “The Ben Stiller Show,” “Mad TV,” and “The Life and Times of Tim”) and Owen Burke (“NTSF: SD: SUV”) will exec produce. The two worked on HBO’s “Funny or Die Presents.”
USA is seemingly shifting its focus from scripted dramas to comedies and reality shows. “The Moment” with Kurt Warner, an unscripted series, and “The Choir” will roll out later this year. USA also acquired ABC's popular “Modern Family,” which will help launch comedy pilots “Paging Dr. Freed” and “Sirens.”