Just over a week after USA made the decision to effectively cancel Common Law, the #1 rated cable network in the 18-49 demo has elected to renew three of its other drama series for new seasons.
First up, CIA drama Covert Affairs has been picked up for a 16-episode fourth season. The show revolves around CIA operative Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) as she tries to balance her double life as a secret agent with her personal and family relationships. Christopher Gorham also stars as Annie's associate/love interest "Auggie" Anderson.
Much like Covert Affairs, White Collar has also been renewed for a 16 episode season, although this will be the latter series' fifth season, not fourth. This show follows the unconventional partnership between veteran FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) and reformed criminal Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), as they team up to catch other upper class crooks.
Lastly, medical dramedy Royal Pains has been given a double dose of confidence, as USA has ordered 26 additional episodes, to be separated into seasons five and six. The show centers on wrongfully ostracized E.R. doctor Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), who is cast out of the NYC medical community after a rich hospital benefactor dies on his watch. After a chance encounter during a trip to the Hamptons, Lawson finds himself working as a doctor-for-hire to the wealthy residents of the resort.
Although it isn't listed here, Suits fan shouldn't be worried, as it's considered a virtual lock to be renewed at some point as well.
Covert Affairs begins the home stretch of season three on October 16th. White Collar returns to complete season four in January. A two-hour Royal Pains TV movie entitled Off-Season Greetings will air on December 16th.
Are you glad Covert Affairs, White Collar & Royal Pains are coming back? Or should one of these three series have been swapped out for more Common Law?