News Briefs: USA Announces More Midseason Return Dates, Cancels Common Law

By Tim Surette

Nov 01, 2012


... USA Network announced some winter return dates today: Suits comes back January 17, White Collar returns January 22, and Necessary Roughness is back January 23. Noticeably missing from that list is Common Law, not just because it's a summer show, but because it's not coming back EVER! USA has canceled the buddy cop drama after one season. [Deadline Hollywood/TV Line]


... Style has renewed Jerseylicious for a fifth season even though America is totally over New Jersey and moved on to all things Vermont. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox is developing Olympus, an action drama from Friday Night Lights' Peter Berg and Sons of Anarchy's Taylor Sheridan. The series follows a spy who discovers that he is a descendant of the Greek gods. It's being described as The Bourne Identity meets 300. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Saturday Night Live has booked a couple big names to host upcoming episodes. After Louis C.K. hosts this weekend's show, Anne Hathaway (meeeeow!) will emcee the following week, on November 10, with musical guest Rihanna, and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) will host on November 17 with a few songs from Maroon 5. [NBC via press release]

... Fairly Legal's Sarah Shahi (call me, Sarah!) will guest-star on NBC's Chicago Fire after a two-year run in my dreams. Shahi will play someone awfully good-looking and sexy who I'm attracted to. To be more specific, she'll play a love interest for Taylor Kinney's character Kelly. [TV Guide]

... Glee's Jayma Mays will guest-star on FX's The League. She'll play an interior decorator in the FX comedy. [TV Line]

... The DC Comics character Firefly will appear in the tenth episode of The CW's Arrow, played by actor Andrew Dunbar. In the comics, the character is a pyrotechnics expert who gets toasted on the job and becomes a nasty villain who's fond of flamethrowers. [EW]

... NBC's Go On has booked snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White for a guest role. The Flying Tomato will appear as himself and compete with Ryan King (Matthew Perry) over some ladies. [TV Line]

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  • Slash_out Nov 07, 2012

    I enjoyed Common law... Sad to see it go even with its flaws.

  • enctv Nov 04, 2012

    I enjoyed Common Law!

  • bluemystique Nov 02, 2012

    Bummer. I'm not surprised that Common Law got canceled. I did however, enjoy it a bit, mostly because of Michael Ealy and Warren Kol. they both are great actors on their own and together they had a great chemistry. I liked watching them together.I only wish that the writing was as great as the actors were.

    Can't wait for Suits and White Collar.

  • ComicBookGirl Nov 02, 2012

    I will miss common law it might not be the best show ever but it was entertaining and the actors did really well together plus it was a show my whole family could sit down and watch together and enjoy

  • JT_Kirk Nov 02, 2012

    Yay, Suits and White Collar coming back soon. Why USA is bringing them back sooner than Psych though, I don't quite get.

    I'm not remotely surprised Common Law didn't get picked up, it was fairly poorly written and directed and uneven. I hope Hollywood doesn't put the show's lack of success on the shoulders of the stars though, they all did pretty well with the material they were given and deserve not to be penalized for the show itself. I was especially surprised this summer to see Warren Kole starring on Common Law while also as a bit part in The Avengers on the big screen.

  • nicky2910 Nov 02, 2012

    Not too surprised about Common Law... BTW, did I miss anything or hasn't Suits been renewed for a 3rd season yet?!? IMO, it's been the best show on USA this summer, so I really hope they don't leave us waiting too long... *sigh

  • kd111 Nov 02, 2012

    yeah it was renewed a few weeks ago, this is just the second half of season 2 i think.

  • efonsecajr Staff Nov 02, 2012

    Burn Notice. Not enough people watch. It's USA Network's best show.

  • terminaltrip421 Nov 02, 2012

    I couldn't make it through the pilot. Also bad IMO: Fairly Legal. Haven't tried suits but to my knowledge watch every other USA show and do so with pride.

  • JT_Kirk Nov 02, 2012

    Burn Notice showed an increase in its ratings for the season finale over last year's. The show is one of the top ten ad-supported cable channel scripted shows of last season in total viewers, so it's not doing too badly. 5 million total viewers and a 1.3 is what it posted for the season finale, making it the #2 cable show in the key demo behind Suits, and #1 cable show in the total viewers for the week of that finale by half a million over #2 (also Suits).

  • JAGFan2 Nov 01, 2012

    That's really to bad about Common Law! It was just a "fun and entertaining" series to watch.

  • smorbie Nov 02, 2012

    should be "too" instead of to

  • emmiegirl Nov 05, 2012

    Yeah grammar police! And they say the internet is making us dumber. Good looking out - every little helps.

  • DavidJackson8 Nov 01, 2012

    I'm not upset over it, and I was expecting it, but I thought Common Law had been getting significantly better as the season progressed. If given a second season, I could imagine it hitting its stride and getting funnier and just better overall. Oh well.

  • jagh55 Nov 01, 2012

    They cancelled Common Law? Nooooooo!

  • haldrey Nov 01, 2012

    I totally agree and you can even add more Os to the NO.

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