USA picks up high-concept alien occupation pilot Colony from Lost's Carlton Cuse

The TV news is coming fast and furious this week as networks announce pickups and cancellations, but USA has quietly picked up a pilot for a very intriguing new sci-fi series.

Dubbed Colony, the series would be set in the near-future of 2015 in a version of Los Angeles that is now occupied by aliens. It comes from a good pedigree, with Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) signed on to write and executive-produce.

As for the plot, the series would follow the residents of Los Angeles living under alien occupation, as some collaborate with the alien authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. Zap2it describes the series as a “naturalistic drama about a family torn apart by those opposing forces.”

It’s an intriguing pitch, and could strike the balance between something like Falling Skies and the occupation years of Battlestar Galactica — with a bit more family drama thrown into the mix. With Cuse behind the scenes, it at least makes this project one to watch.

What do you think? Do you hope USA will pick this one up?

(Via Zap2It)