USA shifts ‘Common Law’ debut

Cabler moves newest dramedy to summer

USA Network is feeling confident about “Common Law,” shifting the upcoming dramedy to summer, where the cabler believes it can draw a larger audience.

Net had set the skein to debut Jan. 26 but has changed its mind as the pilot has received strong praise from focus groups and others who have screened it.

The hot season has long been a strong launching pad for skeins on USA, and its blue sky-themed programming has flourished there.

“Common Law” stars Michael Ealy, Warren Kole, Jack McGee and Sonya Walger. Plotline centers on a pair of cops who are having a hard time maintaining their professional partnership after seven years, so their captain forces them into therapy.

Production on the 12-episode series continues in New Orleans.

Show is from CBS Television Studios and Junction Entertainment. Exec producers are Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Jon Turteltaub and Craig Sweeny.

USA isn’t leaving January vacant, however. Net has the second half of season three of both “White Collar” (Jan. 17) and “Royal Pains” (Jan. 18) beginning during the month.