It's Official: Common Law Cancelled By USA

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Common Law CancelledUSA Network is dumping Common Law.

The cable net officially confirms what TVLine strongly hinted at on Monday — the struggling freshman drama will not be returning for a second season.

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The series starred Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as detectives forced into couples’ therapy to save their partnership.

As TVLine exclusively reported earlier this week, Kole has rebounded with a recurring role on Fox’s upcoming psychological thriller The Following as a devotee of serial killer Joe Carroll (played by James Purefoy).



Comments (153)

  • DAMN IT!

    Comment by Linda – October 31, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Double damn!

      Comment by USA Sucks, Man – October 31, 2012 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • What the heck… how did this get cancelled and The Neighbors will be sticking around. Ugh.

        Comment by Brendan – October 31, 2012 09:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I completely agree, The Neighbors is beyond dumb but the interaction between the characters in Common Law was great. Very disappointed it will not be returning. Not a good choice for USA.

          Comment by Dee – November 25, 2012 10:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • common law, are these guys total on something illegal… first last resort, now common law??? haa, i am soo pissed

            Comment by Mayowa Abidakun – March 21, 2013 05:49 AM PDT  
          • I can not believe Common Law is not returning but the dumb a*& Pysch is back on. I guess I just don’t understand the whole ratings thing. I’ve been waiting and watching for this to come back. Usually USA you make good decisions but this time I think you blew it.

            Comment by Daneen Jefferson – April 5, 2013 01:44 PM PDT  
      • Common Law was a bright spot of our summer TV viewing. Bad decision USA!

        Comment by Steve johnson – June 3, 2013 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree. I have been waiting for this series to return. Very disappointed !!!

          Comment by Michelle – July 4, 2013 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I liked this show. I’ve been looking for when it was coming back on. Damn.

            Comment by Barb – July 16, 2013 06:59 PM PDT  
        • WTH USA???!! I agree Steve. I’m pissed as well. Is anyone on board with starting a petition????

          Comment by Linda Matshall – August 4, 2013 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • DAMN……… I myself have been waiting for this show to return. I say start the petition. I will be the first to sign it

            Comment by Crystal Mack – August 10, 2013 04:09 PM PDT  
      • I can’t believe they cancelled Common Law best show ever USA is not on point no more!!!!

        Comment by Christine – June 27, 2013 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • darn… I really liked this show and thought it stood a chance. Especially on USA…they have the best programming and give their shows a chance. DARN!!

      Comment by stef – November 1, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed!!

      Comment by Kristi – November 2, 2012 09:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That is disappointing. Really liked the show.

    Comment by Beth – October 31, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same from Germany (German version broadcasted by SAT1). Just loving it.

      Comment by Fan from Germany – November 25, 2012 09:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad, loved the chemistry and story lines.

    Comment by Pam – October 31, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • :( I really liked that show. Surprised they didn’t give it a second chance like they did when Fairly Legal almost tanked last year (and it will probably get the last nail this year)
    At least there wasn’t a cliffhanger ending? It wrapped Season 1 nicely.

    Comment by Jenna Vento (@jvento) – October 31, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nooooooooooooooooooo. Loved this show :(

    Comment by Olivia – October 31, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This makes me sad. They actually had good chemistry and the show had potential. Usually USA gives shows more time to evolve.

    Comment by Kate – October 31, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good this show absolutely sucked and the ratings prove it. I think the only fans of this show must also be people that comment here lol.

    Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 31, 2012 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why do feel the need to post when you don’t seem to give a SH1T about these shows you’re commenting on? I’m sick of seeing your name p1ss1ing all over this place.

      Comment by Linda – October 31, 2012 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He’s trolling to get reactions, and he gets them every time. Just ignore him.

        Comment by Josh – October 31, 2012 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You’re right. He is super troll, super trolling. I wish we could spread the word that his posts don’t ever deserve a response.

          Comment by Daisy – November 1, 2012 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well Linda, I’m equally sick of people posting that they love mediocre shows that get dreadful ratings and acting like someone ran over their favorite puppy when they get cancelled. The show was awful and the ratings factually back up my statement that almost no one watched this show. If you feel the need though, go have a good cry over it. No amount of time allowing the show to “evolve” (lol) as one person put it would have increased the ratings.

        Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 31, 2012 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s obviously a novel idea to you, Chuck, but taste is subjective. Let me explain. No, wait, since the concept seems difficult for you to grasp, let me sum up: Your opinion is not everyone’s opinion. Shocking, I know! Some people actually LOVED the show! Some people will be sad to see it go! They are welcome to have their opinions whether you like it or not. Whether you approve or not. :) I’m sorry you need to self-validate with ham-fisted self-righteousness over a cancelled tv show, and under a pseud as well. Poor thing. {hugs}

          Comment by DS – November 1, 2012 01:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • This show was awesome I work in law enforcement and most shows on this subject are so serious two shows that give a look at the less serious side is Castle in some respect’s and this show. The side bets the arguing with partners the competition between departments. All that stuff does happen but most shows don’t want to show it I found it refreshing to see a show on the less serious side of this profession, I to much serious at work but love good cop shows after work. I also know almost everyone at my office liked this show. So if 80% of my office did then imagine all the agencies in the nation that’s a lot of viewers…viewer’s that don’t get conventional hours or days off to watch the show that’s why the rating’s aren’t so good the main audience was never home to watch it, and USA should keep this in mind who their demographic is based on the content.

          Comment by Robert – March 13, 2013 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Look I tried and couldn’t get through the first episode. It was that painful. The premise was stupid from the start. I can’t stand people that feel that the only people who are allowed to write comments are fangirls and boys. Someone actually writing a critique is hailed as a troll and a hater. And I think it’s also fine that people be allowed to voice their love or hatred (or in between) for a show.

      Comment by just saying – November 1, 2012 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You are absolutely right. Except this particular commenter is a purveyor of negativity throughout this site. It’s annoying.

        Comment by Daisy – November 1, 2012 09:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • i’ve never seen AJ post a comment that wasn’t negative. he is definitely a troll.

        Comment by Elyse – November 2, 2012 02:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wish Bruce Campbell would come to your house and kick your a$$. How dare you use his “name”

      Comment by stef – November 1, 2012 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • U suck

      Comment by tasha – December 30, 2012 06:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so upset! I’m gonna miss the banter.

    Comment by Mia – October 31, 2012 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “You were hiding behind the twinkies!” Still awesome.

      Comment by Meg – November 1, 2012 04:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really liked this show. Sad to hear it is cancelled.

    Comment by MJ – October 31, 2012 04:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sucks.

    Comment by tp – October 31, 2012 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The title sucked. They should’ve put something appealing like “Couple Therapy”. Common Law doesn’t even represent the dynamics of the show.

    Comment by Phil – October 31, 2012 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed!

      Comment by TB – October 31, 2012 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There is already a show called Couples Therapy… and Common Law was a nod to Common Law marriage since they were in couple’s counseling. ;)

        Comment by Brendan – October 31, 2012 09:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bummer. I need Michael Ealy on my TV.

    Comment by TB – October 31, 2012 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not surprised, but too bad. :( I enjoyed it.

    Comment by JC – October 31, 2012 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But they are both so good looking….how could this happen

    Comment by Mel – October 31, 2012 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t even know it was on yet…. and I’m guessing many others didn’t as well.

    Comment by Danielle H. – October 31, 2012 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • UGH!!! i loved that show :( USA screwed up a great show by pushing back the premiere and then putting it on Fridays!

    Comment by Elyse – October 31, 2012 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t think it’s USA’s fault. For many seasons of Monk, it was aired on Fridays. It lasted 8 seasons. Psych’s first four seasons were aired on Friday. It’s going to be on it’s 7th.

      Comment by Blake – November 1, 2012 11:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • thats nice that you think that. i’m still blaming USA! :p

        Comment by Elyse – November 2, 2012 02:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This blows! I really liked this show.

    Comment by Lorie – October 31, 2012 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought the show was good, it was different and the leads were great in it

    Comment by Tiera – October 31, 2012 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NOOOOOOOOOOO

    Comment by K. – October 31, 2012 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so bummed about this!!! :( It was an awesome show. I wish all the cast and crew the best, but I will sulk for a while. ;(

    Comment by RRK – October 31, 2012 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too bad. It was a great show.

    Comment by Joanna – October 31, 2012 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NNNNOOOOO!!!!! I loved this show. :(

    Michael Ealy will of course go back to doing movies. I hope Warren Kole gets some work he’s a good actor and has potential. I was hoping USA would give this show another chance to improve and let it grow like it’s other shows.

    Comment by Stu-Brew – October 31, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved this show. Granted after season 1 it didnt have a series arc anymore (not that thats a bad thing persay).

    Comment by M3rc Nate – October 31, 2012 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s per se.

      Comment by Spelling cop – October 31, 2012 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ughhhhhh loveeeeeed this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Disappointed – October 31, 2012 05:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Got through two episodes and completely lost interest. This news bodes well for Burn Notice though. With NR and FL also on a very fragile bubble, Burn Notice is likely to be given a final run of episodes.

    Comment by Emgee – October 31, 2012 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boo USA Network. One of the best shows on TV. This is why I hate starting to watch new shows!

    Comment by Jodee – October 31, 2012 05:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show was so entertaining. The chemistry was so great between the characters, the writing was quick and witty and I enjoyed the crime fighting as well. Really too bad.

    Comment by Kim R – October 31, 2012 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • well it had to happen eventually, USA actually canceled a good show prematurely :(

    Comment by graywolf323 – October 31, 2012 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They plan to do reality shows, but they drop this fun show?! Stupid USA Network!

    Comment by Lorie – October 31, 2012 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wanted to like it, but I couldn’t.
    I do hope Michael Ealy finds work soon…I LOVE him.
    .
    And here’s hoping this bodes well for a Political Animals renewal

    Comment by mia – October 31, 2012 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad ~ I LOVED this show!

    Comment by Carol C – October 31, 2012 06:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That sucks its a good show
    cancel psych that show blows

    Comment by oshi – October 31, 2012 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Psych is the best show on USA. I have given out so many first season dvd sets to friends/family as gifts and I’ve never had anyone not fall completely in love with it.

      Comment by mia – November 1, 2012 09:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is only ok if Warren Kole goes on to star in Whedon’s SHIELD series. I loved their chemistry!

    Comment by Rachel – October 31, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh man..gosh darn! Ah well seemed inevitable since USA didn’t officially cancel it until after Warren’s casting news on The Following and Sonya tweeted the show got canceled.

    Comment by Lauren – October 31, 2012 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sometimes USA sucks!

    Comment by catbean – October 31, 2012 09:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If you drop Common Law I will for certain give up TV. You guys did not give this show a chance. When the characters have chemistry that make a great show. Please give it a chance put the box or monitor my TV and you will see that this show is supported by in my household as well as my friends. Please, please, please keep it on the air.

    Comment by Amanda Davis – October 31, 2012 10:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel bad for the fans, although I personally couldn’t get into this show. I do love Fairly Legal though and would like some good news on that one!! Pretty please!!??

    Comment by Jenna – October 31, 2012 11:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not surprised. I liked the two leads, and the cases they worked on were interesting. I also love Sonya. But the show took a sudden nose-dive every time they had one of the stupid “group therapy” scenes, and the lieutenant’s character was asinine. I watched the entire season, but I thought the chances of a second season were pretty slim.

    Comment by kmg – November 1, 2012 02:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is cancelled and Necessary Roughness is renewed?But, the show had low ratings so I was not surprised. It was a fun show but my dvr hated it. Would stop recording about 3′/4 of the way through. Only did it for this show so perhaps it was telling me something…..like not to get too involved in the characters as they won’t be around much longer. Oh well, on to another new show or two

    Comment by Ethel – November 1, 2012 03:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually, NR isn’t necessarily renewed, if I understand right. Their plan was always to do a split season, the way many USA shows are now. USA has released a return date for the last five eps of this season, but I’ve heard nothing so far about whether it will be back for Season 3.

      Comment by kmg – November 1, 2012 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am not too happy. This was a fun show with two great guys in the lead. Damn you USA Network!

    Comment by TrulyROxie – November 1, 2012 05:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Face it…this show really had nothing unique enough about it to garner ratings. It was just another procedural with partners who didn’t get along.
    .
    So, throw them into couples therapy? It was an interesting premise, but was very poorly executed because there was only so far that they could take it. The other way that this show failed was that they never developed an arc that would make people want to keep people coming back. The only question that they really made you wait for was “why did the one guy pull his gun on the other?” (see, I can’t even remember the characters’ names, and I watched most of the first season).
    .
    Look at the other great shows on USA Network (or most channels now for that matter-I picked USA because it has at least three great shows that I regularly watch) and right out of the gate, they started out with story arcs that could lead somewhere and make for great serial viewing.
    .
    CL had a few good episodes, but in the end, the show just flat out wasn’t good.

    Comment by Viktor – November 1, 2012 05:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Count my husband and I as two more people who watched and really enjoyed Common Law. For a summer time show it was entertaining. Granted, it’s no Homeland, but not everything has to be. I thought the story lines were good and the two lead actors were the great. Sorry to see it go :(

    Comment by Fen – November 1, 2012 06:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • While I’m not surprised by this considering the casting news elsewhere, I am disappointed. Common Law especially found its footing as the season went on and I would have liked to see what they could have done in a second season.
    -
    Where can I campaign to have Warren Kole and Michael Ealy be cast as partners on the new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show?

    Comment by Ashley – November 1, 2012 07:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, Josh Wheldon, please put Warren and Michael on the new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, especially Warren, since he was in The Avengers as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent.

      Comment by Kathy – November 1, 2012 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • bummed…really liked this show

    Comment by Jeff – November 1, 2012 07:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Enjoyed the show but unfortunately it took way too many episodes to get really interesting. The last episode was hands-down the best of the season. Which is really the opposite of what you need to sustain a show in a competitive market.

    Comment by Daisy – November 1, 2012 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is really sad consindering there are so many drama cop shows on and this one was refreshingly funny and light. Both my husband and I were really looking forward to another season. We loved the idea of having a cop show that’s not serious and goofy.

    Comment by Pam – November 1, 2012 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too bad. It probably would have done better on a different night.

    Comment by cosmoman11 – November 1, 2012 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is really disappointing…..first Fairly Legal and now THIS!!!!

    Comment by BonnieW – November 1, 2012 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously????? This makes me as angry as when USA cancelled In Plain Sight. Boo!

    Comment by Melissa – November 1, 2012 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This was such a fun show, I don’t get why they are dropping it. They renew ‘reality’ crap but not good scripted shows. USA how could you?

    Comment by Adora – November 1, 2012 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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