USA Network is deploying two of its top series as launch pads for rookie dramas this summer.
Just as Burn Notice served as a launch lead-in for Hamptons concierge doctor series Royal Pains in June 2009, the spy series will look to set the table for Suits, starting on June 23. The fifth season of the Jeffrey Donovan-starrer Burn Notice bows that Thursday at 9 p.m., followed by Suits, formerly known as A Legal Mind at 10 p.m. The newcomer freshman stars Gabriel Macht (Love and Other Drugs, Whiteout), as one of Manhattan's top corporate lawyers, who sets out to recruit a new hotshot associate and hires the only guy that impresses him - Patrick J. Adams (Lost, Friday Night Lights), as Mike Ross, a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout. Though he isn't actually a lawyer, this legal prodigy has the book smarts of a Harvard law grad and the street smarts of a hustler.
For its part, the third-season debut of Royal Pains, starring Mark Feuerstein as Hank Lawson, the go to "doctor for hire" in The Hamptons, is scheduled for Wednesday June 29 at 9 p.m. It will function as a lead-in to Necessary Roughness, the rookie series, showcasing Callie Thorne (Rescue Me, Californication), as a tough, sexy Long Island divorcee, who gets a job as therapist for a professional football team in order to make ends meet for her two daughters.
The characters network also has Tuesday nights covered in originals, with the third-season run of White Collar, which centers on the unlikely partnership between a con artist (Matt Bomer) and an FBI agent (Tim DeKay) and the sophomore campaign of Covert Affairs, starring Golden Globe-nominated Piper Perabo as Annie Walker, a young CIA operative whose exceptional linguistic skills make her invaluable to the agency in missions that span the globe.
Also continuing this summer on USA: WWE Tough Enough at 8 p.m. followed by the two-hour grappling franchise WWE Monday Night Raw, while Sundays sport back-to-back episodes Law & Order: Criminal Intent in its final run and In Plain Sight at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.,respectively.