Cable series set debut dates

HBO, USA set 'Life's Too Short,' 'Common Law' bows

A handful of new and returning series have received 2012 debut dates, including “Life’s Too Short” on HBO and “Common Law” on USA Network.

“Life’s Too Short,” which is written, directed, exec produced by and occasionally stars Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, is set to launch Feb. 19. Seven-episode skein — a faux documentary starring Warwick Davis as a fictionalized version of himself — will air at 10:30 p.m. Sundays immediately following baseball comedy “Eastbound and Down,” the Danny McBride series that also begins its third season the same day.

USA’s new dramedy “Common Law” will premiere Jan. 26. Hourlong, starring Michael Ealy, Warren Kole, Jack McGee and Sonya Walger, follows a pair of cops who are forced to undergo therapy to save their partnership. Production on the 12-episode series is currently ongoing in New Orleans.

“White Collar” and “Royal Pains” return to the net on Jan. 17 and 18, respectively.

At Lifetime, “Project Runway All Stars” will preem Jan. 5. Competition reality series brings back former contestants from seasons one through eight.