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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.
Exclusive: A couple of weeks ago, Deadline reported that USA Network was finalizing a series pickup of the comedic buddy cop comedy Common Law. And now it has: USA has ordered 11 episodes to begin production next month in New Orleans. The twist on the cop series stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole, who play wildly different personalities who are the elite team in the Lapd homicide squad until their constant bickering gets them put on probation. To fix their problems, their captain (Jack McGee) sends them to couples therapy. Common Law, from CBS Television Studios and Junction Entertainment, is executive produced by Cormac and Marianne Wibberley. Jon Turteltaub and Craig Sweeny are executive producers. Junction's Dan Shotz and Karim Zreik are co-executive producers. Turteltaub directed the pilot. "When CBS Television Studios sent us the script of Common Law, we immediately fell in love with the writing, the characters and the premise, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Update: Medium executive producer Craig Sweeny has come onboard Common Law as executive producer. He will serve as co-showrunner on the series alongside co-creators/exec producers Cormac & Marianne Wibberley through his overall deal at CBS TV Studios. Exclusive 5 Pm: I hear USA Network is finalizing a series pickup of comedic buddy cop drama Common Law starring Michael Ealy. The project, from CBS TV Studios and Jon Turteltaub's Junction Entertainment, centers on polar-opposite Lapd homicide detectives Travis Marks (Ealy) and Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole), whose nonstop bickering and acrimony prompts their no-nonsense captain Phil Sutton (Jack McGee) to send them to a couples therapist. The role of the therapist, played in the pilot by Amy Acker, will be recast, along with another, smaller part. There will be some reshoots, and I hear the action quotient on the show will be pumped up. With the series order for Common Law, expected »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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
This is bound to rub plenty of fans the wrong way, but don't shoot the messenger. Summit Entertainment has been working on a remake of the fantasy film Highlander with producer Neal H. Moritz since 2008. When the rights were picked up, a script followed by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (two of the writers of Iron Man) with revisions by Cormac and Marianne Sellek Wibberley (the duo behind National Treasure). Now THR reports that Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is taking over the script with a new take on the story of a Scottish swordsman, who discovers he is part of a secret race of near-immortal beings. The epic fantasy had our hero battling an unstoppable barbarian who covets the power gained from there being only one of near-immortal beings left alive. That's a far cry from sparkly vampires and melodramatic romance, but there has been some action in »
- Ethan Anderton
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.
9 items from 2011
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