USA Orders Michael Ealy Series 'Common Law'

USA Network has given the go-ahead for its newest drama Common Law.

Common Law centers on Los Angeles police officers Travis Marks (Michael Ealy) and Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole), a team who can’t seem to get along. Their captain (Jack McGee) sents them to couples therapy to sort out their issues. Kole’s character Wes is a former lawyer obsessed with cars, gardening and his ex-wife. Ealy’s Travis is a womanizer who once served time in juvenile hall. CBS Television Studios and Junction Entertainment are behind the series.

Jon Turteltaub (Jericho) and Craig Sweeny (Medium) will serve as executive producers along with writers Cormac and Marianne Weibberley (National Treasure). Dan Shotz (Harper’s Island) and Karim Kreik (Harper’s Island) will serve as co-executive producers. Turteltaub also directed the pilot. In addition to the already filmed pilot, 11 episodes have been ordered.

“When CBS Television Studios sent us the script of Common Law, we immediately fell in love with the writing, the characters and the premise,” said USA co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber in a release. “We’re very lucky to have the Wibberleys, Jon and Craig guiding the process on this show; and with Michael and Warren, we have two stars who bring out the best in each other.”

Production begins next month in New Orleans, LA. No airdate has been set. USA hopes to match the success of its recently launched series Necessary Roughness and Suits, which debuted with 4.6 million viewers.