USA Network Announces Spring/Summer Lineup: Burn Notice, Royal Pains, Psych, In Plain Sight & more

USA Network, the #1 network in all of cable for four years running, will serve up its hottest summer ever! USA is once again your summer destination with all new episodes of seven original series: Burn Notice , Royal Pains , White Collar , Psych , In Plain Sight , Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the launch of its newest character-driven series, Covert Affairs . Fortifying its seasonal programming block, the fourth season of smash hit Burn Notice paired with the sophomore season of last summer's #1 show Royal Pains will return this June, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and In Plain Sight are poised to continue their strong performance slots on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10pm, and this July will mark the highly anticipated debut of freshman series Covert Affairs as well as the return of USA's critically acclaimed favorites White Collar and Psych. USA Network's original series roll out schedule includes: MARCH LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (RETURNING SERIES) Season nine of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT gets underway March 30th as we say goodbye to old friends and welcome new faces to the Major Case Squad. LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT stars Emmy nominee Jeff Goldblum as Detective Zach Nichols and SAG nominee Saffron Burrows (Boston Legal) as Detective Serena Stevens. Burrows plays a highly educated, worldly single parent with a broad range of life experiences to draw upon in solving even the toughest of cases. Teamed with Detective Zach Nichols, they create a partnership of challenging intellect and street-smart savvy. Dick Wolf's third installment in the "Law & Order" franchise follows the Major Case Squad as it investigates high profile crimes. The cases often revolve around homicides, serial killers, VIPs, government officials and figureheads from the business and creative worlds. Unlike other procedural dramas, CRIMINAL INTENT focuses on the criminal psyche. Academy Award nominee Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Without a Trace) steps into the role of Captain Zoe Callas after an action-packed two-part series premiere. The exciting guest line-up for season nine includes Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Dan Butler (Frasiers) Tracy Pollan (Law & Order: SVU) and William Mapother (Lost). LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Walon Green who also serves as showrunner. The show comes from Wolf Films and Universal Cable Productions. Premieres Tuesday, March 30 at 10/9c IN PLAIN SIGHT (RETURNING SERIES) The most-watched series on basic cable Sundays in 2009 returns on March 31. IN PLAIN SIGHT stars Mary McCormack as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the highly secretive witness protection program (WITSEC). Her job is to relocate Federal Witnesses, some of whom are career criminals, and some of whom are innocents who had the misfortune of witnessing a crime. But they all have one thing in common -- someone wants them dead. Mary's job is to make sure this doesn't happen, while at the same time dealing with her own dysfunctional family. IN PLAIN SIGHT also stars Frederick Weller, Nichole Hiltz and Paul Ben-Victor, along with returning guest-stars Lesley Ann Warren, Cristian de la Fuente, and Joshua Malina. Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner Rita Moreno (The Guardian), four-time Emmy winner Allison Janney (The West Wing), Steven Weber (Wings), Tess Harper (Breaking Bad), Josh Cooke (Committed) and Donnie Wahlberg (The Sixth Sense) have also been cast to guest star in season three in the USA Network hit original series. Showrunner John McNamara (The Fugitive) joins the show this year as writer/executive producer, further elevating the show's narrative drive, production value and design. IN PLAIN SIGHT comes from Universal Cable Productions. Premieres Wednesday, March 31 at 10/9c JUNE BURN NOTICE (RETURNING SERIES) This sexy smash hit starring Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a blacklisted spy who finds himself stranded in sun-soaked Miami, returns in June with all-new episodes. The action-packed season four of BURN NOTICE commences with a new counterintelligence expert Jesse Garcia, played by Coby Bell (Third Watch), who loves to fight bad guys just as much as Michael does. Heating up the night with our hot undercover agent are Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), a beautiful ex-IRA operative who also happens to be Michael's ex-girlfriend; Sam (Bruce Campbell), a washed-up military intelligence contact who keeps an eye on Michael for the Feds; and his mother (Emmy Award-winner Sharon Gless). BURN NOTICE remains one of the hottest dramas on television and the #1 scripted cable series in P18-49 and P25-54. BURN NOTICE was created, written and executive produced by Matt Nix. Mikkel Bondesen and Jeff Freilich also serve as executive producers. The series comes from Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment. ROYAL PAINS (RETURNING SERIES) USA's hit series, ROYAL PAINS, was the top-ranked new series in cable history, delivering more key demos than the freshman year of any other scripted series in history. The show stars Mark Feuerstein as Hank Lawson who after becoming blacklisted from the medical community revived his career as a "doctor for hire" to the rich, famous and infamous in the Hamptons. In addition to his wealthy patients, Hank treats the town's less fortunate, and finds himself walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others. The show also stars Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty and Jill Flint. Henry Winkler (Arrested Development) joins the cast this season as Eddie R. Lawson, Hank and Evan's father. ROYAL PAINS is executive produced by Rich Frank, Paul Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz from the newly formed Prospect Park and written and co-executive produced by Andrew Lenchewski. John Rogers and Jace Alexander serve as co-executive producers. ROYAL PAINS is produced by Universal Cable Productions. JULY COVERT AFFAIRS (NEW SERIES) USA's newest series COVERT AFFAIRS stars Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly), Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), , Kari Matchett (Invasion) and Anne Dudek (Mad Men), with recurring guest star Peter Gallagher (American Beauty). COVERT AFFAIRS will premiere with a 90-minute episode followed by 11 one-hour episodes. In COVERT AFFAIRS, we meet Annie Walker (Perabo), a young CIA trainee who is thrust into the inner sanctum of the agency when she is unexpectedly promoted to field operative. While it appears that she has been plucked from obscurity for her exceptional linguistic skills, there may be something or someone from her past that her CIA bosses are really after. Gorham plays Auggie Anderson, a CIA military intelligence agent, blinded while on assignment, and Annie's guide in this world of bureaucracy, excitement and intrigue. Dudek plays Annie's older sister, a married mother of two. Matchett plays Joan, head of the CIA's Domestic Protection Division and wife of Gallagher's Arthur, Director of Clandestine Services for the CIA. From Universal Cable Productions, COVERT AFFAIRS is executive produced by Doug Liman (the Bourne trilogy) and Dave Bartis (The O.C.) through Dutch Oven and written and co-executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord (Deck The Halls). Tim Matheson (USA's BURN NOTICE, PSYCH, Criminal Minds) directed the pilot. WHITE COLLAR (RETURNING SERIES) WHITE COLLAR stars Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson and Sharif Atkins in one of this fall season's most critically acclaimed dramas about the most unlikely of partnerships between a con artist and an FBI agent. WHITE COLLAR also features James Rebhorn and Diahann Carroll, and Marsha Thomason (Lost) re-joins the cast for season two. This exciting crime-caper-drama, which was one of the #1 shows in cable of 2009, will kick off its second season this July with all new cases, more intrigue, more "bromance"...and more Matt Bomer, People Magazine's "Sexiest Rising Star" of 2009. WHITE COLLAR was created and is executive produced by Jeff Eastin and comes from Fox Television Studios. PSYCH (RETURNING SERIES) PSYCH, one of the seven original series that made USA #1 in basic cable for four years in a row and broke all records as the #1 original series premiere in 2006 returns this July. The cult favorite starring James Roday as police consultant Shawn Spencer who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute the precinct detectives think he's psychic. With the help from his best friend and reluctant sidekick, Gus and his father, Henry (Corbin Bernsen), the guys continue to solve the mysterious and often bizarre crimes of the Santa Barbara Police Department. Also starring Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson and Kirsten Nelson. PSYCH is executive produced by Steve Franks, Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze, with Universal Cable Productions in association with Tagline Pictures. Mel Damski serves as executive producer and director. Saladin K. Patterson and Bill Callahan are co-executive producers/writers.

USA Network Online Games/Features

There's a bunch of pretty cool games I found on the USA network site for Criminal Intent. I was looking to find a preview of the new season, but got ridiculously hooked on the homicide map. It's actually called Homicide HotSpots but it's great for Law & Order junkies (which I will proudly call myself.) It has a list of places where homicides took place on the show, trivia about the location, and in which episode it occurred. Pretty neat. Homicide HotSpots

NBC Reveals Summer Premiere Dates For America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing & More - Featured

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - March 5, 2010 - NBC announced today the summer premiere dates for new and returning series and specials. And for the first time in over 30 years, the network announced it will telecast the "62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" live coast-to-coast on Sunday, August 29 (5-8 p.m. PT, 8-11 p.m. ET). Summer's top-rated series " America's Got Talent " will return with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, June 1 (8-10 p.m. ET) with the Wednesday edition debuting June 2 (9-10 p.m. ET). " Last Comic Standing " will return with a two-hour premiere on Monday, June 7 (8-10 p.m. ET) before moving to its regular time period the following week, Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET). Joining NBC's returning shows is the new comedy series " 100 Questions " (Thursday, May 27, 8:30-9 p.m. ET) and the drama mystery series "Persons Unknown" (Monday, June 7, 10-11 p.m. ET). In addition, episodes from the ninth season of " Law & Order: Criminal Intent " (which premieres on USA Network in March) will encore on NBC beginning Sunday, June 20 (10-11 p.m. ET) with repeats of those episodes airing Saturdays beginning June 26 (8-9 p.m. ET). NBC will also broadcast special programming this summer including the two-hour original movie "The Jensen Project" on Friday, July 16 (8-10 p.m. ET) as well as "The Making of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" on Sunday, June 6 (7-7:30 p.m. ET) and "The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" (Sunday, July 4, 9-10 p.m. ET). As previously announced, new broadcast television episodes of the critically acclaimed " Friday Night Lights " premiere on Friday, April 30 (8-9 p.m. ET) and will continue through the summer. "America's Got Talent" returns as the perennial top-rated summer hit as Howie Mandel ("Deal or No Deal") joins the series as a new judge along with returning judges Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan. Nick Cannon also returns to host. The Emmy-nominated "Last Comic Standing" competition series returns to NBC for its seventh season in search of the funniest comedian in America with new host Craig Robinson (NBC's "The Office"). The show scans the country looking for the best stand-up comedian with the winner receiving an exclusive talent deal with NBC and $250,000. "100 Questions" is a new comedy series written and executive-produced by Christopher Moynihan ("For Your Consideration"). Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman, "Peep Show") is looking for love but she has yet to meet Mr. Right. When she joins an online dating site, Charlotte takes a 100-question compatibility test -- and each one requires her to recount a humorous time in her life. Also starring are Michael Benjamin Washington ("Mamma Mia"), Smith Cho ("Fired Up!"), Collette Wolfe ("17 Again"), Christopher Moynihan and David Walton ("Quarterlife"). "Persons Unknown" is a one-hour mystery drama in which a group of strangers must come together to solve the puzzle of their lives. The series is from Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") who executive-produces with Heather McQuarrie and Remi Aubuchon. The series stars Alan Ruck ("Spin City") and Jason Wiles ("Third Watch"). The roller-coaster adventure movie "The Jensen Project" explores the secret community of world-class geniuses who do cutting-edge research that they share anonymously to help the world. Starring are Patricia Richardson ("Home Improvement"), LeVar Burton (" Star Trek: The Next Generation "), Kellie Martin (" ER ") and Brady Smith (" CSI "). "The Jensen Project" is produced by Muse Entertainment and Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc. In "The Making of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," viewers will receive an inside peek at this spectacular new theme park environment based on the bestselling books and mega-hit feature film series at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

USA network shakes up schedule under new strategy

Cable television's top-rated network, USA, is shaking things up a bit. Starting this week, USA will no longer air any of its original dramas on Friday nights but will start putting new shows at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday and Wednesday, nights that had previously been reserved for reruns of network shows like "NCIS." The season premiere of "White Collar" on Tuesday starts the new schedule. "Psych" will start on Wednesdays on Jan. 27. USA will be trading away a signature Friday night where shows like "Monk" thrived for several years, in favor of two nights when more people generally are watching television. "We decided it was time to take some risks," said Bonnie Hammer, the network's chief executive. "Being complacent was never going to teach us anything." Hammer said she has a 16-year-old son who has asked her mom why "White Collar" was on Friday nights, saying his friends would otherwise watch the show. Instead, they're out. Or, like many adults, they're catching up on what was recorded that week on DVR. USA also programs original shows on Sundays, where "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "In Plain Sight" are most likely to land. The popular WWE professional wrestling airs on Mondays, and the original show "Burn Notice" will stay on Thursdays, with new episodes beginning this week.

'Law and Order: Los Angeles' Could Bow in Fall

"Law & Order" is not stopping at having two spin-offs. The original criminal drama has just been picked up for four additional episodes that would bring the 20th season to a total of 20 episodes and along with the announcement, NBC's Primetime Entertainment President Angela Bromstad revealed there would be a Los Angeles edition. During Winter TCA Press Tour, Bromstad emphasized "Law & Order: Los Angeles" is still in very early stages. "We're talking about writers," she said about the franchise. "We officially call that LOLA," Jeff Gaspin, NBC Television Entertainment Chairman chimed in. Having "LOLA" is a thought that was born when knowing that the 21st season of "Law & Order" is not yet confirmed. "...if, for instance, 'Law & Order' the mothership didn't go beyond a couple more years then that [way] of telling stories is so unique that I actually think it could work in Los Angeles with a new look and a new set of cast [members]," Bromstad said. "And also there's not really, other than 'Southland,' a great LA-based cop show." NBC has approached creator Dick Wolf to consider doing the L.A. version and the talk of developing it occurred. Should everything go smoothly, then it could premiere as early as Fall. Source Here

Mastrantonio the new top cop on "Criminal Intent"

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has joined USA Network's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," completing the casting transformation on the police drama for its upcoming ninth season. She will play the new captain taking over the Major Case Squad on the series. Her character, who comes from a working-class background, succeeds Capt. Danny Ross (Eric Bogosian), who headed the division for the past three years, following the departure of Capt. James Deakins (original cast member Jamey Sheridan).


Trio departing 'Criminal Intent'? Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian are to make their exits from Law & Order: Criminal Intent, say reports. The actors will be "phased out" during the show's forthcoming ninth season, a source told The Hollywood Reporter. Their departures follow castmate Julianne Nicholson's exit, after she left the USA Network series earlier this year. Jeff Golblum, who joined the cast of the crime drama in 2008, is said to become the main detective on the show alongside actress Saffron Burrows. USA Network and series producer Wolf Films declined to comment.

D'Onofrio, Erbe and Bogosian Leaving Criminal Intent

Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian will leave Law & Order: Criminal Intent during the upcoming ninth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Their exits follow that of castmate Julianne Nicholson, who will be replaced by Saffron Burrows. Burrows and Jeff Goldblum, who joined the show last season, will now headline the procedural. Report: Saffron Burrows will replace Julianne Nicholson on Law & Order: Criminal Intent Details about the actors' departures are not clear as the deals are still being ironed out. Criminal Intent has seen a plethora of casting changes since its 2001 debut. D'Onofrio and Erbe are original cast members, while Bogosian joined in 2006, replacing Jamey Sheridan as Captain of the Major Case Squad. In the fifth season, the show introduced a second set of detectives, led by Chris Noth, to appear in alternating episodes. Noth left last year and was replaced by Goldblum. Calls to USA were not immediately returned. Season 9 of Criminal Intent will premiere in the spring on USA. Source Here

Saffron Burrows Will Replace Julianne Nicholson on Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Will Saffron Burrows replace Julianne Nicholson on Law & Order: Criminal Intent next season? USA is in final talks to green-light the show for a ninth season, but Nicholson, who has played Det. Megan Wheeler for three seasons, won't be back, according to EW. Burrows, who co-starred on the ill-fated My Own Worst Enemy , is the front-runner for Nicholson's job, the report says. Burrows would play the partner of Jeff Goldblum's Det. Zach Nichols. USA is 5-for-6 with renewals this season. Is Criminal Intent next? A rep for the show's producer, however, would not confirm the report, telling that no deals have been finalized for Season 9. Source Here

Brooke Shields at the Michael Jackson Memorial

Brook Shields gave an emotion filled speech in which she talked about her friendship with the late, great, Micheal Jackson. She told that the pair met as teenagers and spent much time together, playing and laughing. More pictures, video & news @ PUTU.US