8:11am PT by Ashley Lee
USA Sets Premiere Dates for 'Suits,' 'Psych' and 'White Collar'
USA Network is mixing up its midseason Thursday night lineup. Suits will return for its third season on March 6 at 9 p.m., followed by the series premiere of the new half-hour comedy Sirens at 10 p.m.
Additionally, the network has announced that the eighth season of Psych will bow Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 9 p.m., and White Collar will come back from hiatus on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 9 p.m.
Sirens, USA's first original comedy, comes from Denis Leary (Rescue Me) and Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and follows the laughable antics of three male EMTs in Chicago. The ambulance adventures feature sports-loving stud Johnny (Michael Mosley), his outspoken best friend Hank (Kevin Daniels) and impressionable new recruit Brian (Kevin Bigley), with the crew often crossing paths with Johnny's ex, Chicago PD cop Theresa (Jessica McNamee). The 10-episode debut season sees guest stars Jean Smart, Loretta Devine, Bill Nunn, Lenny Clarke, Nora Dunn and John Scurti.
Sirens' debut follows USA's move into comedy, as the NBCUniversal cable network kicked off its pricey Modern Family syndication deal (as much as $1.8 million per episode) with elaborate TV spots, cast interviews, games, live events and a fan appreciation day featuring the series' stars -- the type of promotional push usually reserved for original series (sources say the campaign cost nearly $10 million). The gamble appears to be paying off; Modern Family is up 62 percent among adults 18-49 from its Sept. 24 launch on the network, pulling an average of 796,000 in the demo in its ninth week (before Thanksgiving), with multiple episodes crossing the million-viewer mark in the key demographic on Fridays and Saturdays.
The network notes that the new comedy is fit to follow Suits. "As a top cable drama, Suits has a huge following of young viewers, making it a perfect segue to Denis Leary and Bob Fisher’s brand of comedy," said Jackie de Crinis, executive vice president of original programming, USA Network. "Both series feature sharp, witty banter from an ensemble of great characters."
For its third season, Suits will see Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Jessica (Gina Torres) addressing the firm's future after a heartbreaking murder trial, while Louis (Rick Hoffman) threatens to expose the truth about Mike (Patrick J. Adams). Also starring Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty, its upcoming six episodes include guest appearances by Stephen Macht, Olympian Michael Phelps, Zeljko Ivanek, Jamey Sheridan, Damon Gupton and Patrick Fischler.
Psych's eighth season bows on Jan. 8 with the faux-psychic duo heading to London, coming face-to-face with Despereaux (returning guest star Cary Elwes). The 10-episode season also includes the fan-selected "A Nightmare on State Street," directed by Psych lead James Roday, and a special remake of the season-one episode "Cloudy With a Chance of Murder." Guest stars Mira Sorvino, Phylicia Rashad, Kristy Swanson, Anthony Michael Hall, Tom Arnold, Billy Zane, Loretta Devine and Bruce Campbell join Roday, Dule Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson and Kirsten Nelson, who makes her directorial debut.
White Collar will return from hiatus with four new episodes on Jan. 9, featuring a "shocking" multiepisode arc with guest star Bridget Regan. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) remains at the hand of Curtis Hagen (guest star Mark Sheppard) and must complete his final assignment without Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) and the FBI catching on, even as they get closer to cracking the Mosconi Codex. One character's life is put in fatal danger when a dramatic secret is revealed. The series also stars Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen, Marsha Thomason and Sharif Atkins and includes appearances by Steven Pasquale, Boris McGiver and Asa Somers. DeKay will once again go behind the camera to direct an episode.