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USA Network
USA Network
(commonly referred to as simply USA stylized as usa network since 2005) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
Cable Entertainment Group division of NBCUniversal, itself a subsidiary of Comcast. Once a minor player in basic cable, the network has steadily gained popularity due to its original programming; USA also broadcasts syndicated reruns of current and former "network television" (i.e., broadcast) series and theatrically-released feature films, as well as limited sports programming and WWE. As of January 2016, USA Network
USA Network
is available to 94.3 million households in the US.[1]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Paramount and Universal ownership (1977— 1994) 1.2 USA Networks ownership (1994 — 2001) 1.3 Vivendi
Vivendi
ownership (2001 — 2003) 1.4 NBC
NBC
Universal/ Comcast
Comcast
ownership (2003 — present)

1.4.1 "Characters Welcome", the "blue sky" era (2005 — 2016) 1.4.2 "We the Bold" (2016 — present)

1.5 Slogans

2 Programming

2.1 Sports programming

3 High definition 4 International

4.1 Canada 4.2 South America

5 Logos 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Paramount and Universal ownership (1977— 1994)[edit] USA Network
USA Network
originally launched on September 22, 1977 as the Madison Square Garden Sports Network[2] (not to be confused with the New York City regional sports network of the same name now simply known as MSG). The network was founded by cable provider UA-Columbia Cablevision and Kay Koplovitz. The channel was one of the first national cable television channels, utilizing satellite delivery as opposed to microwave relay (which was then the norm in the industry) to distribute its programming to cable systems. Initially, the network ran a mix of college and less well-known professional sports, similar to those found during the early years of ESPN. The channel began its broadcast day after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on weekdays and 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on weekends. On April 9, 1980, the channel changed its name to USA Network
USA Network
after the ownership structure was reorganized under a joint operating agreement by UA-Columbia and the then-MCA Inc./Universal City Studios. That fall, USA began signing on at noon Eastern Time on weekdays; it also added some talk shows and a children's program called Calliope to its schedule. Sports programming began airing at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time weekdays, and aired all day on weekends. In the fall of 1981, USA began its daily programming at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with talk shows and children's programs running until noon, sports airing from noon onward during weekends and until 3:00 p.m. weekdays, talk shows from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. weekdays, and sports airing again after 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Later, in 1982, Time Inc.
Time Inc.
and Gulf+Western's Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
unit (now part of Viacom) would buy stakes in the venture. The three partners had a non-compete clause that would prevent them from owning other basic cable networks independently from the USA joint venture. Said clause would cause Time Inc.
Time Inc.
to drop out of the venture in 1987, as the company attempted to buy CNN
CNN
from Ted Turner
Ted Turner
and run it independently from USA.[3] MCA and Paramount subsequently became the sole owners of the channel (with each company owning a 50% interest). In the fall of 1982, USA began operating on a 24-hour-a-day schedule, running a mix of talk shows, a children's program, and a low-budget movie from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The channel began running a mix of 1960s and 1970s Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
cartoons each weekday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. as part of the USA Cartoon Express block, with sports programming airing after 7:00 p.m., which were rebroadcast during the overnight hours. Weekends featured a mix of movies, some older drama series and talk shows during the morning hours, and sports during the afternoons and evenings. Overnights consisted of old low-budget films and film shorts, and music as part of a show called Night Flight. Between 1984 and 1986, USA began shifting away from sports programming,[4] and began focusing on general entertainment programs not found on broadcast stations, including some less common network drama series and cartoons. For the 1985-1986 season, the channel had 4 hours of original and exclusive shows. One original series from the 1985-1986 season, Check It Out!, was renewed for the next season. USA, wanting to become the flagship cable channel and compete directly with the broadcast networks, committed to 26 half-hours of part exclusive off-broadcast network and part original programming for the 1986-1987 season at an increase of $30 million. In one case, the channel picked up Airwolf for 58 off-network episodes, while commissioning 24 new episodes without the original stars.[5] One tradition on USA was an afternoon lineup of game show reruns mixed in with several original low-budget productions that aired over the years. It began in October 1984 with reruns of The Gong Show
The Gong Show
and Make Me Laugh. In September 1985, the network began airing its first original game show, a revival of the mid-1970s game show Jackpot; two more original game shows, Love Me, Love Me Not and a revival of the short-lived 1980 series Chain Reaction, were added in September 1986. More shows were progressively added soon afterward such as The Joker's Wild, Tic-Tac-Dough, Press Your Luck, High Rollers
High Rollers
and Hollywood Squares (with John Davidson), along with Wipeout, Face the Music and Name That Tune. In June 1987, the channel debuted another original game show, Bumper Stumpers
Bumper Stumpers
(all four USA original game shows in this era were taped in Canada). When it began, the game show block ran for an hour, but expanded significantly the following year. By 1989, the network ran game shows Monday through Fridays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. In January 1989, USA debuted USA Up All Night, a showcase of low-budget feature films that aired as part of its weekend overnight schedule. Up All Night became a cult favorite among viewers for the comedic wraparound segments that were usually shown during breaks leading into (and sometimes, out of) commercials and between films that were hosted by comedian Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried
and model/actress Rhonda Shear (the latter of whom replaced original co-host Caroline Schlitt in 1991); the program was discontinued in March 7, 1998, however, late night movie telecasts on USA continued to be branded under the "Up All Night" banner until 2002. Short news updates, branded as USA Updates, were shown from as early as 1989 until 2000. These segments were first produced out of KYW-TV in Philadelphia, owing to the fact that the station had already produced a number of syndicated news services (including the Group W Newsfeed) and Steve Bell, the former newsreader on Good Morning America, was employed as a primary anchor at the station. However, when KYW's news operations were heavily revamped in response to falling ratings in 1991, production of USA Updates was then taken over by the All News Channel (operated by Hubbard Broadcasting
Hubbard Broadcasting
and Viacom's joint venture, CONUS Communications). The ANC-produced updates continued through 2000 (ANC was suffering heavily around this time due to competition with other cable news channels such as CNN
CNN
and the then-similarly formatted Headline News, and ended up shutting down in 2002); USA Network
USA Network
has not carried any news programming since the news updates were discontinued. USA was the first basic cable channel to pre-empt the syndicated TV market by purchasing a package of 26 films from the Touchstone Pictures library in October 1989. The package costed an estimated $50 million to $60 million, with films including such box office hits as Dead Poets Society, Good Morning, Vietnam
Good Morning, Vietnam
and Three Men and a Baby.[6] The tradition of game show reruns continued into the 1990s with the $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramids, the early 1990s revivals of The Joker's Wild and Tic-Tac-Dough
Tic-Tac-Dough
as well as other well-known shows such as Scrabble, Sale of the Century, Talk
Talk
About and Caesars Challenge. Additionally, two more original game shows were added in June 1994: Free 4 All and Quicksilver. In September 1991, the block was reduced to three hours, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern. However, an additional hour was added in March 1993. In November 1994, the game show block was cut back to only two hours, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. On September 24, 1992, USA launched a sister network, the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy), focusing on science fiction series and films. In September 1993, USA adopted a new on air look centering on the slogan "The Remote Stops Here", with flat graphics suggesting a television camera's in-lens symbols and music consisting of electric guitar and synthesized noises (though the movie presentation openers were retained from the previous look). USA Networks ownership (1994 — 2001)[edit] In 1994, Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
parent Paramount Communications was sold to Viacom; the following year, MCA was acquired by Seagram. In April 1996, Viacom, which also owned MTV Networks, launched a new classic television network called TV Land. MCA subsequently sued Viacom
Viacom
for breach of contract, claiming that it had violated the non-compete clause in its joint venture agreement with MCA.[7] A judge presiding over the case sided with MCA,[8] and Viacom
Viacom
subsequently sold its stake in USA and the Sci-Fi Channel to Seagram
Seagram
for $1.7 billion.[9] In turn, Seagram
Seagram
sold a controlling interest in the networks to Barry Diller in February 1998, which led to the creation of USA Networks, Inc.;[10][11] the company also merged the cable channels with Diller's existing television properties including the Home Shopping Network
Home Shopping Network
and its broadcasting unit Silver King Broadcasting (which was restructured as USA Broadcasting, and eventually sold its stations to Univision Communications in 2001 to form the nucleus of Telefutura). In October 1995, the network dropped the entire game show block; it was replaced with a block called USA Live, which carried reruns of Love Connection
Love Connection
and The People's Court, with live hosted wraparound segments between shows; that block was dropped by 1997 (some of the game shows that USA had aired can still be seen on GSN and Buzzr). In 1994, USA began simulcasting the upstart business news channel Bloomberg Information TV each weekday morning from 5:00 to 8:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time (and later, from 5:00 to 6:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific on Saturdays); in 2004, the Bloomberg simulcast moved to E!, where it ran until 2007 (USA was actually the second television network to simulcast Bloomberg's programming, the now-defunct American Independent Network also carried a simulcast of the channel during the mid-1990s). On June 17, 1996, the network unveiled a new on-air appearance, which included the introduction of a new logo (incorporating a star ridged into the "U" of the now-serifed "USA" logotype, replacing the Futura-typeface logo that had been in use since 1980), and a three-note jingle. Network IDs, feature presentation intros for movies and promo graphics were based around a behind-the-scenes look at the fictional "USA Studios"; some of the IDs showed people in the control room, while a studio that was being set-up by a crew was the backdrop for the "Tonight" menu that displayed the evening's schedule. Opening sequences leading into movie telecasts showed people running through the "USA Studios Film Vault". The new look coincided with a shift in focus, more towards off-network reruns and original programming; game shows and court shows were dropped from the schedule, while cartoons were phased out. USA Studios also became the branding for USA-produced programming at this point. This logo was replaced in July 1999 in favor of a 'USA flag'-styled logo (which was modified in 2002). In September 1996, USA replaced the USA Cartoon Express with the action-oriented children's block, USA Action Extreme Team; the channel discontinued its animation block outright in September 1998 (other than airing the first-run teen sitcom USA High and reruns of Saved by the Bell: The New Class from 1997 to 2001, USA has not aired children's programming since that time), and replaced it with a block called "USAM", which advertised itself as "Primetime Comedy in the Morning". The block mainly featured sitcoms originally aired on network television that were cancelled before making it to 100 episodes (such as The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Hearts Afire
Hearts Afire
and Something So Right); however, for a time, the block also included the 1989–1994 episodes of the Bob Saget
Bob Saget
run of America's Funniest Home Videos. "USAM" was discontinued in 2001; by that point, the only sitcoms airing on USA were daytime and late night reruns of Martin and overnight airings of Living Single, Cheers
Cheers
and Wings, with drama series and movies populating much of the channel's daytime and primetime schedule. In 2000, USA Networks bought Canadian media company North American Television, Inc. (a joint partnership between the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Power Corporation of Canada), owner of cable television channels Trio and Newsworld International (the CBC continued to handle programming responsibilities for NWI until 2005, when eventual USA owner Vivendi
Vivendi
sold the channel to a group led by Al Gore, who relaunched it as Current TV). Vivendi
Vivendi
ownership (2001 — 2003)[edit] In 2001, USA Networks sold its non-shopping television and film assets (including USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel, Trio, USA Films (which was rechristened as Focus Features) and Studios USA) to Vivendi
Vivendi
Universal. USA and the other channels were folded into Vivendi's Universal Television Group. In July 2002, the channel debuted Monk, which became one of USA Network's first breakout hit series. It is the comedy-drama police procedural that starred Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
as Adrian Monk, a former San Francisco police inspector-turned-consultant who suffers from various obsessive-compulsive behaviors that include the ability to pay attention to detail when solving crimes. It ran for eight seasons until it ended on December 4, 2009. NBC
NBC
Universal/ Comcast
Comcast
ownership (2003 — present)[edit] In 2003, General Electric
General Electric
agreed to merge NBC
NBC
and its sibling companies with Vivendi
Vivendi
Universal's North American-based filmed entertainment assets, including Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
and Universal Television Group in a multibillion-dollar purchase, renaming the merged company NBC
NBC
Universal. GE retained an 80% ownership stake in the new company, while Vivendi
Vivendi
retained a 20% stake. NBC
NBC
Universal officially took over as owner of USA and its sibling cable channels (except for Newsworld International) in 2004. That year, USA premiered the sci-fi series The 4400. In 2006, USA premiered Psych, a comedy-drama focusing on Shawn Spencer
Shawn Spencer
(James Roday), a man with a photographic memory and learned observational skills who claims he is psychic after being falsely accused as an accomplice in a series of murders and opens up a detective agency with childhood friend Burton Guster (Dulé Hill) as an unwitting partner; the series ran for eight seasons (becoming the network's longest-running series) until it ended in March 2014. "Characters Welcome", the "blue sky" era (2005 — 2016)[edit] In 2005, USA Network
USA Network
launched a new branding campaign (including a new logo) and slogan, "Characters Welcome". The slogan was designed to help emphasize the wide range of programming the network offered, and to help USA Network
USA Network
establish itself more prominently as a brand. The launch of the campaign featured promos themed around the daily lives of characters from the network's programs.[12] To contrast itself from the "grittier" offerings of other mainstream cable networks, USA Network's original programming during this era was marked by a focus on comedic and "optimistic" action and drama series, referred to as a "blue sky" approach. Notable examples of this programming strategy included Psych
Psych
(2006), Burn Notice
Burn Notice
(2007), and Royal Pains (2009).[13][14] On May 13, 2007 (in advance of NBC's 2007–08 fall upfronts presentation), NBC
NBC
Universal announced that new episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent would be moved to USA beginning with the drama's seventh season in the fall of 2007; episodes would then be re-aired later in the season on NBC, most likely to shore up any programming holes created by the cancellation of a failed new series. Although this is not the first time a broadcast series has moved to cable (USA had acquired first-run rights to the revival of Alfred Hitchcock Presents from NBC
NBC
in 1987, while The Paper Chase had moved beforehand from CBS
CBS
to Showtime in 1983), it marked the first time that a series which moved its first-run episodes from broadcast to cable television would continue to air episodes on a broadcast network while it was still a first-run program.[15] On December 7, 2007, it was announced that USA Network
USA Network
would continue broadcasting first-run episodes of WWE
WWE
Raw through at least 2010.[16] The June 1, 2008 premiere of In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack, was USA's highest-rated series premiere since the 2006 debut of Psych, with 5.3 million viewers.[17] In early 2009, USA Network
USA Network
acquired the network television rights for 24 recent and upcoming Universal Pictures films, including Duplicity, Funny People, Frost/Nixon, Land of the Lost, Milk, and State of Play.[18] In 2011, control and majority ownership of then-parent NBC
NBC
Universal passed from General Electric
General Electric
to Comcast. Comcast
Comcast
would buy out GE's remaining ownership in NBCU two years later.[19] USA Network
USA Network
was considered the key piece of the NBC- Comcast
Comcast
merger; Wunderlich Securities analyst Matthew Harrigan projected that USA contributed $9.5 billion to NBCUniversal's $44.8 billion value, with NBC contributing only $408 million.[20] In 2014, the channel had dropped 18% in viewership and out of first place among the major cable channels. USA has been a key NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
asset accounting for one-third of advertising revenue for NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
Cable Entertainment Group and $1 billion in annual earnings over the past few years.[21] In April 2015, it was announced that WWE
WWE
SmackDown would move to USA from sister network Syfy.[22] "We the Bold" (2016 — present)[edit] In April 2016, USA Network
USA Network
unveiled a new branding campaign and slogan, "We the Bold". The campaign was designed to reflect the channel's current focus on "rich, captivating stories about unlikely heroes who defy the status quo, push boundaries and are willing to risk everything for what they believe in".[23] The Washington Post felt that the re-branding, along with the 2015 premiere of Mr. Robot, symbolically marked the end of the network's "blue sky" era, as USA Network
USA Network
had been increasingly producing more "intense" series with darker themes.[21][13] NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
marketing executive Alexandra Shapiro explained that the "Characters Welcome" campaign and associated programming was reflective of the "weirdly optimistic" mood of the network's key demographic at the time, but that it did not suit the changed mood of the public since. USA had quietly discontinued the "Characters Welcome" tagline in the lead-up to the rebranding, whose associated programming shift was led by the premieres of Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot
and Colony; Variety reported that the new programming strategy was designed to appeal to themes of "authenticity, resiliency, bravery and innovation".[12] In August 2016, NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
acquired the television rights to the Harry Potter film franchise, including the main films and their spin-offs, and other content, from 2018 through 2025. On cable, the films are to primarily be aired by USA Network
USA Network
and Syfy, and the deal also includes the ability for Universal Parks & Resorts to offer "exclusive content and events" related to the franchise (Universal Parks had already been involved in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions). The deal succeeded one with Freeform; The Wall Street Journal reported the deal was valued around $250 million over the length of the agreement, making it one of the highest-valued film franchise deals.[24][25] Slogans[edit]

It's a Great Place to Stay (1984–1986) America's All-Entertainment Network (1986–1988) Cable's Entertainment Network (Late 1988) America's Favorite Cable Network (1989–1993) The Remote Stops Here (1993–1996) The Cure for the Common Show (1996–1999) You Are Here (1999–2001) Have a Good Time (2001) Characters Welcome (2005–2016) We the Bold (2016–present)

Programming[edit] Main article: List of programs broadcast by USA Network USA Network
USA Network
has achieved a viewership foothold with its original programming; this began in the 1990s with initial hits such as Silk Stalkings and La Femme Nikita, which were gradually followed in the following two decades by series such as Monk, Psych, Shooter, White Collar, Covert Affairs, Mr. Robot, Suits, Burn Notice
Burn Notice
and Royal Pains. Most of its original series are scripted dramas, some of which incorporate comedic elements. In addition to its original productions, the network airs syndicated reruns of current and former network series such as Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (which spent the final four seasons of its run as a first-run program on USA) and NCIS. The network also broadcasts a variety of films from the Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
library and select films from other movie studios (such as Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
and Warner Bros. Entertainment), airing primarily as part of its overnight and weekend schedule, and occasionally during primetime on nights when original programming or marathons of its acquired programs are not scheduled. From 1984 to 2016, the network was the longtime home of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. USA is also the home of WWE's flagship cable program Raw; the series originally aired on the channel from its debut in January 1993 (when the promotion was known as the World Wrestling Federation) until the series moved to TNN (later Spike [TV], now the Paramount Network) in September 2000, before returning to the channel in October 2005. As of 2016, it is also the home of WWE's secondary weekly show, SmackDown (moved from sister channel Syfy).[26][27] Sports programming[edit] USA Network
USA Network
has a longstanding history with sports, dating back to its existence as the Madison Square Garden Network. The network carried Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
games on Thursday nights from 1979 to 1983, and the NHL on USA ran from 1979 to 1985. College Football on USA ran from 1980 to 1986, and its telecast of the 1981 Liberty Bowl was the first college bowl game to be exclusively broadcast on cable television. The NBA on USA also aired from 1979 to 1984, the first time that the NBA had a cable television partner. Professional wrestling company WWE
WWE
has had a longstanding relationship with the network; WWF Prime Time Wrestling broadcast on USA from 1985-1993 until it was superseded by WWE
WWE
Raw from 1993-2000, and again since 2005. WWE's Tuesday night show WWE
WWE
SmackDown also started airing on the network in January 2016. For 17 years from 1981 to 1998, USA aired a weekly boxing show, USA Tuesday Night Fights, which showcased bouts featuring up-and-coming boxers. Tennis on USA aired professional tournaments in the United States from 1984 to 2008, and was the longtime cable home of the US Open before its cable television rights moved to ESPN2
ESPN2
and the Tennis Channel in 2009.[28][29] The PGA Tour on USA covered the opening two rounds of the Masters Tournament
Masters Tournament
from 1982 to 2007,[30][31][32] Ryder Cup matches from 1989 to 2010, and various other events. Upon the 2004 purchase of Vivendi
Vivendi
Universal by NBC, USA's sports division was immediately merged into NBC
NBC
Sports. Since 2004, the network has broadcast select events from the Olympic Games, as part of an expansion of NBCUniversal's broadcast rights to the Summer and Winter Olympics that allowed several of the company's cable channels rights to telecast Olympic events live (some of which are later re-aired on tape delay on NBC
NBC
as part of the network's primetime and late night Olympic coverage). USA Network
USA Network
also carried games from the International Ice Hockey Federation
International Ice Hockey Federation
in 2006 and 2010. During the 2014 Winter Olympics, USA aired English Premier League soccer matches in lieu of sister channel NBCSN, due to that channel's full devotion to carrying coverage of Olympic events. After ratings success with those matches, USA began to air mid-afternoon Saturday games weekly during the 2015–16 season. USA also participates in NBC Sports' broader effort of carrying all ten Survival Sunday matches across its numerous channels the second week of May each year. Starting in 2015, USA Network
USA Network
became used as an overflow feed for coverage of NHL playoff games that cannot be aired by either NBCSN
NBCSN
or CNBC. In 2016, USA aired three NASCAR
NASCAR
races (the Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International
and two Xfinity Series
Xfinity Series
races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
and Bristol Motor Speedway) due to NBC broadcasting the 2016 Summer Olympics.[33] High definition[edit] USA Network
USA Network
operates a high definition simulcast feed of the channel, that broadcasts in the 1080i
1080i
resolution format, and is available on nearly all pay-TV providers. International[edit] Canada[edit] In February 2007, Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications
submitted an application to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC), to carry the USA Network
USA Network
in Canada
Canada
as a foreign service that would be eligible for carriage by domestic cable and satellite providers (and to automatically allow all English-language general interest cable networks from the United States
United States
into Canada). However, because of programming rights issues with other Canadian specialty channels, certain programs would be subjected to blackout restrictions, including WWE
WWE
Raw.[34] In September 2007, the CRTC refused Shaw's request to carry USA Network in Canada
Canada
on the basis that the channel carried too much programming that overlapped with the English language digital cable specialty channel Mystery TV (which is then owned by Canwest
Canwest
– later Shaw Media
Shaw Media
– and formerly, Groupe TVA).[35] However, on September 20, the CRTC stated that it would reconsider their denial of the eligible foreign carriage proposal for USA Network
USA Network
at a later date, when Shaw instead offered to carry the channel on the digital cable tiers of its Shaw Cable systems.[36] In spite of this, the CRTC has since rejected the restructured proposal on the basis that USA's programming would be competitive with Mystery TV. Many of USA's original programs currently air on either Showcase or Bravo. WWE
WWE
programming that airs on USA also airs on Rogers Media-owned Sportsnet 360. South America[edit] Regional versions of USA Network
USA Network
previously operated in certain South American countries (such as Argentina
Argentina
and Brazil); in September 2004, most of these services were renamed under the Universal Channel
Universal Channel
banner to take advantage of the more well-known brand, and to reduce the awkwardness of a channel branded with the initials of another nation. Logos[edit]

1978-1996

1996-2005

2005-now

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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Official website

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USA Network
USA Network
original programming

Former

1970s debuts

NBA on USA NHL on USA USA Thursday Game of the Week

1980s debuts

Airwolf Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985) American Bandstand Bumper Stumpers Chain Reaction Commander USA's Groovie Movies Dance Party USA The Dick Cavett Show Jackpot Love Me, Love Me Not Night Flight PGA Tour on USA Radio 1990 Southwest Championship Wrestling Tuesday Night Fights Tuesday Night Titans U.S. Open Tennis Championship USA Cartoon Express USA Saturday Nightmares USA Up All Night WWF All American Wrestling WWF Prime Time Wrestling

1990s debuts

Beyond Reality Campus Cops Claude's Crib Crush Duckman Eco-Challenge Farmclub.com Free 4 All G vs E The Huntress La Femme Nikita Lost on Earth Manhattan, AZ Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm The Net Night Flight Pacific Blue Quicksilver Silk Stalkings Strip Poker Swamp Thing: The Series USA Action Extreme Team USA High The War Next Door Weird Science World League of American Football WWF Action Zone WWF Heat WWF LiveWire WWF Mania

2000s debuts

The 4400 Burn Notice Cannonball Run 2001 Cover Me Combat Missions Cool Money D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear The Dead Zone Dr. Steve-O Frankenstein Helen of Troy In Plain Sight Kojak The Last Ride Law & Order: Criminal Intent Monk Nashville Star Peacemakers Psych Royal Pains Spartacus The Starter Wife

miniseries TV series

Stealing Christmas Smush Three Wise Guys To Love and Die Touching Evil Traffic Underfunded White Collar

2010s debuts

Benched Common Law Complications Covert Affairs Damnation Dig Donny! Eyewitness Fairly Legal First Impressions Graceland Necessary Roughness Political Animals Playing House Rush Satisfaction Sirens WWE
WWE
Tough Enough

Current

American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (since 2017) Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
(since 2014) Colony (since 2016) Falling Water (since 2016) Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot
(since 2015) Queen of the South (since 2016) Shooter (since 2016) The Sinner (since 2017) Suits (since 2011) Unsolved (since 2018) Westminster Dog Show WWE
WWE
Raw (1993–2000, since 2005) WWE
WWE
SmackDown (since 2016)

Upcoming

American Rust (TBA) Miz & Mrs. (2018)

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