Common Law (2012 TV series)

Common Law (2012 TV series)
Common Law
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Executive producer(s)
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
  • CBS Television Studios
  • Junction Entertainment
Original channel USA Network
Picture format NTSC (480i)
HDTV 1080i

Common Law is an upcoming American comedy-drama television series created by Cormac and Marianne Wibberly. The series stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as two Los Angeles Police Department detectives who can't stand each other and are ordered to see a couples therapist to remedy the situation.

The series will be broadcast in the United States on the cable channel USA Network, and is produced by CBS Television Studios and Junction Entertainment. It is due to premiere in 2012.[1]



The series follows two Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives, Travis Marks and Wes Mitchell, who can't stand each other. The constant bickering between the two partners prompts their commanding officer, Captain Phil Sutton, to send them to a couples therapist, Dr. Elyse Ryan, in hopes of resolving the situation.


Main cast

  • Michael Ealy as Travis Marks, an LAPD detective assigned to the Robbery-Homicide Division.
  • Warren Kole as Wes Mitchell, an LAPD homicide detective. He is Travis Marks' partner.
  • Jack McGee as Phil Sutton, a Captain with the LAPD. He is Travis Marks and Wes Mitchell's commanding officer.
  • Sonya Walger as Dr. Elyse Ryan, Travis Marks and Wes Mitchell's couples therapist.

Recurring cast

Development and production

On June 9, 2010, USA Network placed a cast-contingent pilot order for Common Law. Cormac Wibberly and Marianne Wibberley wrote the pilot, Jon Turteltaub was attached to the project as the director, with Turteltaub, Cormac Wibberly, Marianne Wibberly, Dan Shotz and Karim Zreik serving as executive producers.[4][1]

Casting announcements began in August 2010, with Michael Ealy first to be cast. Ealy portrays Travis Marks, "a methodical former lawyer with a passion for cars, gardening and his ex-wife."[5] Next to join the series was Warren Kole as Wes Mitchell, Travis Marks' partner, "a maverick ladies' man who served time in juvie."[6] Amy Acker was next to be cast as Dr. Elyse Ryan, the couples therapist treating Marks and Mitchell.[7][8] Jack McGee, was the last actor to join the main cast, playing Captain Phil Sutton, Marks and Mitchell's commanding officer in the LAPD.[9] Alicia Coppola was later cast in a recurring role as "a pathologist who has a history with Travis Marks."[2][3]

In June 2011, it was reported that USA Network was close to picking up Common Law to series. The proposed pick up was to come with a number of creative changes to the show, which included adding more action and re-casting the role of Dr. Elyse Ryan, which had been played by Acker in the pilot.[10]

On July 6, 2011, USA Network green-lighted the series with an order of 11 episodes to air in the summer of 2012.[1] Filming of the series was expected to begin in August 2011.[1] The series is produced by CBS Television Studios and Junction Entertainment. Along with the series pickup, the network also announced that Craig Sweeny had been picked to join the series as an executive producer.[1]

On October 14, 2011 the show began filming in New Orleans, Louisiana.


  1. ^ a b c d e Seidman, Robert (July 6, 2011). "USA Network Builds on Scripted Originals Momentum with Series Pickup of "Common Law"". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Masters, Megan (February 3, 2011). "Detroit 1-8-7 Exclusive: Jericho Alum Cast as Fitch's Ex-Wife". TVLine. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Masters, Megan (July 27, 2011). "Suits Scoop: Alicia Coppola Stirs Things Up". TVLine. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 9, 2010). "USA Network Picks Up 'Common Law' Pilot". Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 16, 2010). "Michael Ealy Set As Lead In USA Network's Pilot 'Common Law'". Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 8, 2010). "'24' Alum Warren Kole To Star In USA Pilot 'Common Law'". Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 6, 2011). "Johnston & Donald Faison Board TV Land Comedies, Amy Acker Joins USA Dramedy". Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Shows A-Z - Common Law on USA". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 27, 2011). "PILOT CASTINGS: Jack McGee Joins USA's 'Common Law', Tony Hale To HBO's 'Veep'". Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 14, 2011). "Buddy Cop Pilot 'Common Law' Nears Series Order At USA, Will Undergo Some Tweaking". Retrieved August 18, 2011. 

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