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How to Create a USA Show in Six Easy Steps

USA's lineup demonstrates a remarkable, almost frightening level of consistency — not necessarily in quality, but certainly in type. The network famously wants blue skies on every show, but the series have more in common than just a weather palette. While not every single USA show fits every single category, they do have to have most of the following six main components to get on the network. With USA newcomers Necessary Roughness (Wednesday) and Suits (Thursday) joining the packed summer lineup this week (Burn Notice, White Collar, In Plain Sight ... ), it's the perfect time to lay out the formula. It's so easy, we used it to come up with three of our own proposals for USA shows: We estimate that they'll be on the air by next June.

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