‘Common Law’ set for May 11 debut

USA Network series focuses on dysfunctional cops

USA Network has set May 11 as the launch date for freshman dramedy series “Common Law.”

Skein, from CBS Television Studios and Junction Entertainment, focuses on two cops who are forced into couples therapy to save their professional partnership.

Common Law,” set for 12 episodes and currently shooting in New Orleans, will air at 10 p.m. Fridays, a night the cabler successfully debuted “Monk,” “Psych” and “White Collar.” USA Network is scheduling the Sarah Shahi-starrer “Fairly Legal” at 9 p.m. Fridays and will use that as a lead-in for the “Common Law” premiere.

As in the broadcast world, Fridays can be difficult for cablers to draw attention to their wares but USA Network bucked the trend in 2009 when hit series “White Collar” aired its first season there.

“Common Law” was originally scheduled to debut Jan. 26, but the show was moved to summer — a traditional strong season for USA Network — after receiving high praise from focus groups.

Michael Ealy, Warren Kole, Jack McGee and Sonya Walger star in “Common Law,” which is exec produced by pilot director Jon Turtletaub, co-creators Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley, and Craig Sweeny.

In other casting news, Ed Begley Jr. will guest star in a pair of upcoming episodes.