The summer TV season is over but USA Network is yet to make renewal decisions on all of its series. While some are no-brainers, like Burn Notice, whose producers are already negotiating an extension of the lease on their production facilities in Miami, Suits, Royal Pains, White Collar and Covert Affairs. And then there are the question marks, Necessary Roughness, Fairly Legal and Common Law. (Veteran Psych is on a different airing schedule.)
I hear at least one of them, freshman Common Law, is not likely to continue. USA has let the options on the cast, led by Michael Ealy and Warren Kole. Additionally, Craig Sweeny, executive producer/showrunner on the first season, has moved on, joining CBS’ new drama Elementary as an executive producer. Sweeney is under an overall deal at CBS TV Studios, which produces Common Law, and it is technically possible for him to return if there is a second season, but USA will also have to negotiate new deals with the cast, something considered highly unlikely. Common Law, about cops (Michael Ealy, Warren Kole) ordered into counseling, debuted in May to 2.48 million viewers. Its freshman season, which aired on Fridays, has averaged a little over 2 million viewers with a 0.6 18-49 rating to rank as the lowest-rated scripted series currently on USA.
The odds for sophomores Fairly Legal, which narrowly escaped cancellation after Season 1 with a total revamp, and Necessary Roughness, are considered 50-50. The praised Political Animals was introduced as a limited series, and, given its soft ratings, it is unclear whether another cycle is on the table.
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