News Briefs: USA Announces Return Dates for While Collar, Royal Pains

ON SCHEDULES

... USA has revealed when a few of its popular shows will return in early 2012. Look for White Collar on January 17, Royal Pains on January 18, and the debut of new series Common Law, about a pair of clashing cops who undergo couples therapy, on January 26. [TV Line]

... HBO has also announced some return dates. Eastbound & Down, the potty-mouthed comedy starring Danny McBride, enters what is likely its homestretch on February 19, followed by the premiere of Ricky Gervais' new comedy Life's Too Short, a mockumentary about a little person who's trying to make it in the entertainment business. [EW]


PAPERWORK

... The Travel Channel has renewed six series: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Ghost Adventures, The Dead Files, Truck Stop USA, Off Limits, Mysteries at the Museum, and Sand Masters. The network also ordered eight new series; among them are a look at day-to-day life at Miami International Airport, a video-clip show of funny vacation footage, and six other shows not worth mentioning in this post. [Broadcasting & Cable]


CAST AWAY

... Marcia Gay Harden will drop by NBC's upcoming comedy Bent. She'll play the ex-wife of Jeffrey Tambor's character, who causes problems when she returns to town. Despite featuring Harden and Tambor, this comedy is still about a woman who falls for the contractor who is remodeling her kitchen. It's like a secondary B-story from a better comedy stretched out to become the premise of an entire show. [TV Line]

... All you people who are still interested in watching The Killing (both of you) will be happy to know that it looks like there's going to be a lot more looking for who killed Rosie Larsen. Michelle Forbes, who plays the mother of the victim at the heart of the AMC series, will return as a series regular. [TV Line]

... Ricky Martin is finalizing a deal to guest-star on Glee in the most appropriate guest-casting decision ever made in the history of the universe ever. [TV Line]

... Veteran actor Liev Schrieber will headline Showtime's upcoming Ray Donovan. The drama follows a "fixer" called on by Hollywood's elite whenever they need problems solved (dead hookers, overdosed hookers, sick hookers) with the utmost discretion. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Happy Endings has reached out to Michael McKean (Laverne & Shirley) to sign on for a guest spot. McKean, who recently appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm, will play Dave's dad and romance Penny's mother, played by Megan Mullally. [TV Line]


SAD NEWS

... Comedian Patrice O'Neal has passed away at the age of 41. O'Neal was a mainstay on the comedy circuit and has appeared on The Office, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and Chappelle's Show. The cause of death is complications that resulted from a stroke he suffered in October. [TMZ]


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I've been wondering when White Collar and Royal Pains will be coming back.
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Glad to hear about the return of White Collar on January 17, Royal Pains on January 18. Would really like to see Fairly Legal come back. Would like to see USA come up with a short series like these for Aly Michalka. I miss her on TV.
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Sad news about Patrice, a very funny man. Glad to see Marcia Gay Harden back on tv, although the show sounds bad. Ricky Martin on Glee should be good.
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Wow, "The Killing" isn't cancelled yet? I thought it was gone already.
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I have fond memories of watching Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn during a very rough patch in my life. The regular group of guys on that show always brought a smile to my face. Now we've lost Patrice and Greg. Bye Patrice. You were a very funny man and you brought a lot of smiles to this world.
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Looking forward to White Collar. Common Law sounds okay. Iffy about the name, but Ray Donovan sounds pretty cool, too.
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When is Fairly Legal coming back??
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Definitely looking forward to White Collar, Royal Pains, and Common Law. I pretty much watch every original series on this network, and Common Law seems to have that same winning formula like the other shows, but with a different plot in mind.
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Not sure what to think about Common Law, but I'll give it a shot. Seems like they're kind of reaching for that Psych humor. To me, USA's best series will always be Monk, and it sometimes feels like a chore to watch the newer stuff. Burn Notice and White Collar are good, Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness are just ok, and I don't know how many times I've almost given up on Covert Affairs.
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The comedy world just got a whole lot less funny. And dang no one likes The Killing? I love that show.
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I love it too. I would like to have a look to the original show. I've been told that its hundred times better.
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Me too. I've been searching online for it but nothing yet. Let me know if you find it! No matter how maddening the ending was this season I must know who killed Rosie!
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patrice. sad he was very funny
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RIP Patrice O'Neal. I still to this day would take Tough Crowd after Daily Show over Colbert even with the remaining main comedians. I feel sick. First Greg now Patrice. Terrible.
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Sweet news about the USA shows.
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