USA Network is going back into the sci-fi business.
The cable network has given a cast-contingent pilot order to Horizon, a period sci-fi drama from The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd and Burn Notice's Bridget Tyler.
Set during the height of World War II, Horizon revolves around a secretary at the FBI who discovers that her husband might have been killed in a battle with a spaceship in the South Pacific. Obsessed with learning the truth, she becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion.
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Hurd will executive produce the drama alongside Tyler, who will pen the script for the entry, which hails from The Walking Dead executive producer's recent pod deal for her Valhalla Entertainment banner with Universal Cable Productions.
The entry marks USA's continued push to move away from its Blue Skies brand and first genre piece since The 4400 and first period drama to land at the network poised to mark its seventh consecutive year as the No. 1 cable network. Sci-fi drama 4400 ran for four seasons on the network, from 2004-2007, and revolved around a group of missing people who returned to Earth via a comet.
"This signals the next step in the evolution of our programming brand," USA Network co- presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber said.