Created by Cormac and Marianne Wibberly, Common Law followed two detectives in the LAPD who, despite their ability to close cases, cannot stand each other. To help keep the two together, their commanding officer orders the two detectives to see a couples therapist. The series starred Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell) as Detective Travis Marks, Warren Kole as Detective Wes Mitchell, Jack McGee (Rescue Me) as Captain Phil Sutton and Sonya Walger as Dr Ryan.
The fate of the series had been in doubt for some time. The show’s first season averaged 2.1 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo in live+same day. While the ratings for the series were not ground-breaking, Common Law was one of only three original series to have aired on Friday nights on USA Network in the past few years. The other two series were In Plain Sight and Fairly Legal, with In Plain Sight having already been cancelled, while a decision on the future of Fairly Legal has yet to be reached.
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