While the USA Network remains in talks to rescue ABC's "Happy Endings" from its recent cancellation, it was announced today that they had picked up two new comedy series from Denis Leary and the team of Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair.
"This is the right time to be introducing half hour original comedies to the USA audience. With 'Modern Family' joining our line-up in the fall, we can leverage television's most popular comedy to serve as a powerful launch pad for new originals in this genre," said Chris McCumber, Co-President of USA Network.
Leary's "Sirens" was actually picked up as a comedy pilot a year and a half ago, but the network was slow to move forward with a series order. The comedy is based on the UK series of the same name, which starred a pre-'King of the North' Richard Madden as one of a trio of EMTs whose sarcastic and self-destructive personalities makes them unqualified for meaningful relationships, friendships and other lines of work, despite being experts at the art of saving lives. The series stars Michael Mosley ("Last Resort"), Kevin Daniels ("Modern Family"), Jessica McNamee ("Packed to the Rafters") and Kevin Bigley ("Game Change"), with Leary co-writing the pilot with Bob Fisher.
Meanwhile, Parham and St. Clair mine their real-life close friendship for their latest project "Playing House." The series revolves around polar opposite best friends Maggie (Parham), a stay-at-home mother-to-be, and Emma (St. Clair), a single and career driven woman convinced to leave her job overseas to attend her friend's baby shower. The two previously teamed on the short-lived NBC comedy "Best Friends Forever," while St. Clair in particular frequently shines on the fantastically funny "Comedy Bang Bang" podcast.
Jeff Wachtel, Co-President of USA Network, said of the new additions, "Our new series come from some of the best comedic talent in the business, and reflect USA's style – with great characters, strong execution and compelling storytelling."