USA goes ahead with ‘Common Law’

Cabler picks up cop drama to series

Looking to continually refresh its series lineup, USA Network has a given the go-ahead for drama “Common Law.”

Skein, from CBS Television Studios, stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as cop partners who don’t get along. Their captain (Jack McGee) sends them to couples therapy to work out their issues.

Shooting will begin in New Orleans next month. Cabler has ordered 11 episodes.

Jon Turteltaub, who directed the pilot, will exec produce with writers Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley. Craig Sweeny also exec produces.

USA, which just won its 20th straight quarter in total viewers for a cable entertainment network, recently launched Callie Thorne starrer “Necessary Roughness” and “Suits,” with Gabriel Macht. Both got off to strong starts with each drawing about 4.6 million for their debuts.

In June the net ordered a pilot of comedy “Sirens,” exec produced by Denis Leary, about a pair of young paramedics.

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