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A few weeks ago, we reported that the USA Network had set a Thursday, January 26 premiere date for its new series Common Law, which stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole. It seems the network has had a change of heart, and will now debut Common Law sometime this summer.
The move is attributed to an exceedingly positive response to the pilot episode from focus groups and others who have seen it. The summer season is when the network normally rolls out its most popular shows, such as Burn Notice and Psych.
Common Law is currently shooting its 12-episode Season 1 in New Orleans. The show centers on two L.A.P.D. detectives (Michael Ealy and Warren Kole), who are ordered by their captain (Jack McGee) to attend couples counseling to work through their issues. Sonya Walger also stars as their counselor.
A specific premiere date wasn't given for Common Law, »
USA Network today announces the January premiere dates for the new original series Common Law on Thursday, January 26 at 10/9c and returning original favorites White Collar on Tuesday, January 17 at 10/9c and Royal Pains on Wednesday, January 18 at 10/9c.
The new original series Common Law kicks into high gear when two cops discover they have one problem - each other. Despite their differences, they are still the best detectives on the force but when things come to a head on the eve of their "seven-year itch," their captain forces them into couples' therapy to save their "marriage." The 12-episode one-hour series stars Michael Ealy (The Good Wife, Californication), Warren Kole (The Chicago Code, 24), Jack McGee (The Fighter, Rescue Me) and Sonya Walger (Lost, In Treatment) and is currently in production in New Orleans.
Penny from Lost will now play a psychiatrist in Common Law: EW has learned exclusively that Sonya Walger has been cast as Dr. Ryan in a new USA drama that follows two cops on the Los Angeles Police Department’s homicide team.
Walger, who also appeared in such series as Tell Me You Love Me, FlashForward and In Treatment, will play a Beverly Hills shrink who provides couples counseling to partners Travis Marks (Michael Ealy) and Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole) at a local community center. Yep, their conflicts are so out of control that their captain (Jack McGee) sends Wes, »
- Lynette Rice
In "Highlander", after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the fabled Prize of the power that comes with there being only one of their kind left.
Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown starred in the original which was followed by four further films and a TV spin-off series. Summit's film will expand on the original Highlander's core mythology and according to the press release the plan is very much to "spur a new franchise for the studio".
- Garth Franklin
From one group of immortals to another... According to THR's Heat Vision, Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg is in negotiations with Summit Entertainment (the studio also behind Twilight) to take over the script-writing duties on the long-gestating Highlander remake. Rosenberg would be the latest to run train on the fantasy tale; it was first put together by Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway in 2008, and later by Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Sellek Wibberley (The Shaggy Dog, »
- George Merchan
It's been years since we last heard about  Summit's planned remake of the 1986 cult classic Highlander, which starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. At the time Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) was set to direct with Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway working on the script. Well Lin is still attached but Summit must not have been happy with what Marcum and Holloway turned in because now they're turned to their franchise maker, Melissa Rosenberg - who has written all of the Twilight screenplays - to rework the script. Read more after the jump. The Hollywood Reporter  broke this news and reports that Rosenberg is joining a team that still includes Lin, as well as producers Neil Moritz (The Green Hornet, Battle: Los Angeles) and Peter Davis, who produced the original. Screenwriters Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Sellek Wibberley also worked on the script in the interim. There's no »
- Germain Lussier
Justin Lin (Fast Five) is still attached to direct Highlander. We first reported on his involvement with Highlander back in September of 2009. Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway worked on the first draft of Highlander. Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley also took a pass at the script.
The franchise first began with the 1986 movie Highlander, which starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. The story centers on Connor McLeod, a Scotish swordsman who discovers he's part of an immortal race of warriors. He must square off against an evil barbarian to determine who is the last survivor.
7 items from 2011
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