USA Network Sets Premiere Date for 'Common Law'

Common Law USA TV Still - H 2011

Common Law USA TV Still - H 2011

USA Network has set a summer premiere date for freshman series Common Law, a network source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

The CBS Television Studios/Junction Entertainment drama will launch its 12-episode season on Friday, May 11 at 10 p.m. following Fairly Legal, the Sarah Shahi-led mediator series.

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Starring Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as a pair of dysfunctional Los Angeles police detectives put into couples therapy, USA had originally slotted Common Law to launch Thursday, Jan. 26 but in December, opted to move the hourlong back for a summer debut.

Of USA's current originals, most (Burn Notice, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs among them) have launched in the summer and several (White Collar, Psych) have successfully aired in a Friday time slot.

The move to summer is an effort to give Common Law its biggest possible launching pad during the year and is when USA's new shows have proven to be beneficial.

Common Law is co-created by Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (National Treasure), who executive produce with Jon Turtletaub (Jericho) and Craig Sweeny (Medium). Sonya Walger and Jack MeGee co-star.

USA will also roll out new six-hour drama Political Animals, with James Wolk as part of its cast, this summer.