USA Network has picked up The Dead Zone, the hit series starring Anthony Michael Hall (Sixteen Candles), for a sixth broadcast season of 13 one-hour episodes, it was announced by Jeff Wachtel, USA's executive vice president, original programming. Produced by Lionsgate , the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, and CBS Paramount International Television in association with Piller-Segan, the series will return to USA Network in summer 2007, with production scheduled to begin early next year.
The Dead Zone premiered in June 2002 as the network's highest-rated original dramatic series debut ever, earning a place as the top basic cable original dramatic series of all time. The show still continues to perform as one of basic cable's top-rated series.
"It's been a long, winding and wonderful road on The Dead Zone. Our relationship with Lionsgate and the show's producers has been everything a network could ask for," said Wachtel. "We look forward to continued success in the show's sixth Season."
"The Dead Zone is an important franchise for us and we're delighted about the pick-up," said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's president of television programming and production. "We've enjoyed a great creative partnership with Piller-Segan and tremendous support from the network, and are looking forward to the start of an exciting new season."
The Dead Zone is a psychological thriller blending action, romance, the paranormal and a continuing quest for justice. In one of the most demanding roles on series television, Hall stars as Johnny Smith, a man injured in a near-fatal car crash, who emerges from a six-year-long coma with psychic powers that allow him to see into the past and future through visions triggered by touch.