I really hope Common Law fans were left satisfied by the first season's August finale, because it's all but 100% confirmed that the freshman USA crime dramedy won't be returning next summer.
For those unaware, Common Law stars Michael Ealy (FlashForward) and Warren Kole (The Chicago Code) as two bickering Los Angeles police detectives named Travis and Wes, whose mutual dislike for each other is beginning to affect their job performance. The two cops are thus forced by the department to see a couples therapist (played by the beautiful Sonya Walger), in the hopes that she can help them settle their issues. Rescue Me's Jack McGee rounds out the cast as Capt. Mike Sutton, Travis and Wes' boss.
While the series premiere did decent ratings, the first season as a whole averaged only 2 million total viewers and an 0.6 rating among the prized 18-49 demographic. These numbers make Common Law the lowest rated scripted series in the entire USA lineup. Sadly for the show's fans, a network like USA has enough success stories on its original series roster that it can afford to cut the lowest performing player from the team.
Common Law hasn't been officially canceled, but the contracts of stars Ealy, Kole, Walger, and McGee weren't renewed, and neither was the contract of showrunner Craig Sweeny. If USA had any intention whatsoever of keeping the show, these deals would have never been allowed to lapse. Goodbye Common Law, we hardly knew thee.
As far as USA's other scripted offerings go, hits like Burn Notice, Suits, White Collar, Covert Affairs, and Royal Pains are all locks to be renewed. Psych was already picked up for a seventh season earlier this year. Fairly Legal and Necessary Roughness are currently seen as being 50-50 prospects to return, and Political Animals' future is still completely up in the air at this point.
Is ending Common Law the right decision, or is USA making a mistake?