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Common Law All But Canceled By USA

Common Law cast

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?

- Common Law (2012)
- USA Network

Written by: msd85
Sep 15th, 2012, 7:04 pm


Message Posted On Jul 11th, 2013, 8:03 am
It was a huge mistake to cancel Common Law, one of the greatest/funniest cop show I've seen!
Anonymous Common Law watc

Message Posted On Jun 2nd, 2013, 4:41 pm
I thought it was a very entertaining show. The crime solving had a twist to it everytime. Please please come back.

Message Posted On May 6th, 2013, 7:12 am
This is ridiculous~smh. Been waiting since it ended to see it again and now they took it off! Seeing as how the promotion of the series ddin't even stretch that far, it no wonder the show hardly got any views in comparison. We need to figure out a way to bring this show back like the fans of The Game on BET did!!!!!

Message Posted On Mar 21st, 2013, 11:28 am
Noooo..common law was a great show..it was funny and Michael ealy was great! Can we please get common law back...it seems like every good show gets cancelled and all the wack ones get renewed. Makes no sense!!!
Sam Dog

Message Posted On Feb 6th, 2013, 10:08 am
This was one of the best shows on TV. Why is it that every time a really good show is produced it gets canned. Come on, this is crazy!!! There are at least five shows that I truly love that are not returning. What is going on with the producers and the actors?????????

Message Posted On Jan 12th, 2013, 6:00 am
Hope some other channel picks it up. It was really fun. This actually made me LOL and that doesn't happen many times watching these kinds of shows. In my humble opinion, it is better than all the ones that were mentioned that are returning combined. Dumb A**es Typical

Message Posted On Nov 19th, 2012, 6:13 am
common law was amazing, i love the characters and everything that happened in the show. cancelling it is a mistake.

Message Posted On Oct 30th, 2012, 9:37 am
boooooooooo I loved Common Law! That bites.

Message Posted On Oct 26th, 2012, 8:21 pm
From all the series that are mentioned here I only watched Common Law!!!! How can they cancel it! Not fair T_T

Message Posted On Oct 6th, 2012, 4:30 pm
BOOOOOOO. I loved Common Law. :*(
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