Buddy up! It’s time for another USA Network “buddy” series.
Of course, that depends on your definition of “buddy.” In this new show called “Common Law” – for which USA Network just ordered 11 episodes – a pair of mismatched cops aren’t exactly buds. In fact, they don’t get along at all and their rocky relationship forms the basis for this show’s premise.
These two LAPD detective partners – played by Michael Ealy (most recently seen on “The Good Wife” on CBS) and Warren Kole (last seen in “The Chicago Code” on Fox) – are so dysfunctional that they’ve been ordered to undergo couples’ counseling as if they were married – which is where this series derives its cheeky title.
And thus, another USA Network “character” series is born – fulfilling the cable channel’s “Characters welcome” slogan. “Common Law” will start production next month in New Orleans, according to USA’s announcement Wednesday morning. Though the series is supposed to take place in Los Angeles, Louisiana has really been rolling out the red carpet for TV productions lately (which is why you’re seeing all those “swamp” shows recently, among others), making it more cost-effective to produce television shows there than in Hollywood apparently.
There was no word on when “Common Law” would premiere – or, to put it another way – when it would “pair up” with any of the other USA “buddy” shows such as “White Collar,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains” or the recently premiered lawyer show “Suits.”
“Buddy” shows? “ ‘Odd Couple’ shows” is more like it since “Common Law” (and some, but not all of the other USA shows) certainly owes a debt of gratitude to Neil Simon, creator of the “Odd Couple” play that spawned a movie and then a beloved TV series (actually several).
This past spring, we saw a few clips of “Common Law” at USA’s upfront presentation and we assumed then the show was good enough to get picked up as a series. And now, it’s happened.