USA Network has set a midseason schedule, which includes drama Suits returning to Thursdays to lead into new comedy Sirens, USA’s first original half-hour comedy in a long time. White Collar also will air on Thursdays, while Psych‘s eighth season, expected to be the hourlong comedy’s last, will air on Wednesdays. The midseason premiere of Suits will be on Thursday, March 6 at 9 PM, followed by the debut of medical comedy Sirens, executive produced by Denis Leary, at 10 PM. (trailer below) Sirens will launch with two back-to-back episodes before switching to a single episode at 10 PM the following week, paired with a Modern Family repeat at 10:30 PM. Suits started on Thursday before moving to Tuesday. White Collar will start things off on Thursday, returning on hiatus on January 9, paired with Law & Order: SVU reruns. Season 8 of Psych will air on on Wednesdays, beginning on January 8. It is somewhat surprising that USA chose a drama, Suits, instead of a comedy like Psych or Modern Family as a lead-in for new comedy Sirens. “As a top cable drama, Suits has a huge following of young viewers making a perfect segue to Denis Leary and Bob Fisher’s brand of comedy,” said USA”s EVP Jackie de Crinis. “Both series feature sharp, witty banter from an ensemble of great characters.”
On the heels of ordering five additional scripts of veteran Psych in April, USA Network has greenlighted two additional episodes for the dramedy’s upcoming eighth season. That brings the total order for what most likely will be Psych‘s final season to 10 episodes. For one of the extra episodes, USA brass picked among the five extra scripts. For the other, the network is letting fans choose from three episodic storylines. The script for the one that gets the most votes will be produced, with the winning premise getting announced at the Psych Comic-Con panel on July 18 hosted by returning guest star Cary Elwes.
USA originally ordered eight episodes for Season 8 in December, ahead of the show’s delayed seventh season, which did very well. Female lead Maggie Lawson’s ABC pilot Back In The Game was picked up to series, so she will only be available to do up to five episodes of Psych in Season 8. Here are the storylines Psych fans can vote on starting tomorrow:
EXCLUSIVE: USA is eyeing an expansion of the upcoming eighth (and possibly final) season of Psych. I’ve learned that the network has ordered five more scripts from the veteran sleuth dramedy as a step toward a potential …
Psych co-star Maggie Lawson has landed the lead opposite James Caan in the Cullen brothers’ single-camera comedy pilot for ABC. In December, USA Network announced an eighth-season renewal for veteran Psych with an eight-episode order. The network stopped short of saying the eighth season will be Psych‘s last, but I have learned that the plan is for the eight-episode Season 8 to be the show’s final installment. The ABC pilot has Lawson in first position, but since Psych‘s eighth season won’t air until 2014, it will film for eight weeks starting April 29, allowing Lawson to finish her role as Juliet O’Hara. (Of course, with fan favorite Psych anything is possible, including extra episodes and even another season, though Lawson’s future on the show beyond the eight-episode Season 8 is unclear.)
Nicholas Gonzalez Nabs Series Regular Role On Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Pilot; Brooke Lyons To Do Arc On ‘Psych’
Nicholas Gonzalez has booked a series regular role in the Lifetime pilot Witches Of East End, which stars Julia Ormond as a mom who has been concealing a shocking secret from her daughters Ingrid and Freya — namely that they are witches. Gonzales will play Matthew, a good-natured local cop who is dating a ditzy co-worker of Ingrid’s (Rachel Boston) but is very much interested in Ingrid. He soon becomes very busy at work when a series of murders and strange deaths bedevil his previously placid township. Gonzalez, repped by Pakula/King and KLWGN, next appears in the Lifetime/Sony movie Left To Die opposite Rachael Leigh Cook.
EXCLUSIVE: USA Network is expanding its relationship with the creators of two of its most successful series. The cable network has put in development a drama executive produced by Psych creator Steve Franks and a half-hour comedy executive produced by Royal Pains co-creator Andrew Lenchewski. Both projects hail from Universal Cable Prods where Franks and Lenchewski are under overall deals.