USA Network: Soon To Air 10 Original Series


USA has ordered two more original scripted series, A Legal Mind and Necessary Roughness, boosting its original show roster to 10.

Each of the series will have a 90-minute premiere followed by 11 one-hour installments.

The shows, slated to air sometime later this year, join Burn Notice, Royal Pains, White Collar, Psych, In Plain Sight, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Covert Affairs, and rookie Fairly Legal, on top-rated USA's original tree, which has helped the "characters welcome" service secure its perch atop ad-supported cable primetime for the past five years.

From Universal Cable Production,  A Legal Mind orbits a Manhattan corporate lawyer (Gabriel Macht) and his new recruit -- a book-smart but unmotivated college dropout (Patrick J. Adams). The series is executive produced by Doug Liman and David Bartis. Creator Aaron Korsh serves as co-executive producer and Gene Klein as producer.

Necessary Roughness, inspired by a true story, focuses on Long Island divorcee and single mom (Callie Thorne), who gets a job as a therapist for a pro football team and sees high-profile clients visit her start-up practice, where she doles out doses of tough-love therapy. A co-production of Sony Pictures Television ad Universal Cable Productions, the series is the brainchild of  creators Liz Krueger and Craig Shapiro, who serve as co-executive producers. They will be assisted by supervising producers Donna Dannenfelser and Joe Sabatino and executive producer Kevin Dowling.

."At USA, we like to say that the quality of the material advances the projects - and these are two great pilots!" said Jeff Wachtel, USA's president, original programming, and co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions, in announcing the pick-ups. "A Legal Mind and Necessary Roughness take our original series to a new level, while honoring the character brand filter that has been so crucial to our success."

With a new episode of Royal Pains serving as a lead-in at 9 p.m, Fairly Legal makes its premieres on Jan. 20 at 10 p.m.