Giveaway: ‘Common Law’ Communication Survival Kit

Catch USA Network’s new hit show Common Law on Friday and get in on this prize pack giveaway while you’re at it!

ENTER TO WIN a USA Network Summer Prize Package!

One Winner will receive:

* Custom Carryall: Make the most of your partnership with these communication-enhancing items conveniently packed in this sturdy canvas tote.
* Tiebreakers: Flip these chips to settle a disagreement.
* Do-It-Yourself Therapy Table Topics: Play your cards right to keep the conversation flowing.
* POP Phone: To help you keep in touch when you’re apart.
* Everlast Boxing Gloves: Duke it out when words just don’t cut it.

You can enter two times daily by:

1) Leaving a comment below telling us what is your favorite USA network show and why
2) Following us on Twitter and Tweeting to @buzzfocus and #CommonLawUSA your contest entry.

Contest Rules:
Contest open to US residents only.

By entering, you certify that you are 18 years of age and that you reside in the United States. The winner will be contacted via email or Twitter direct message and will have 48 hours from the point of contact to claim their prize. The contest ends on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 11:59PM PST. No Purchase necessary. The number of entries will determine the odds of winning.

Look Back at May 2012: USA Network Stars Shine in New York City (Photos)

Here’s a look back at the USA Network celebs who gathered in New York City this May.

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Stars in attendance included:
Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), Michael Ealy (Common Law), Warren Cole (Common Law), Sonya Walger (Common Law), Jack McGee (Common Law), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Kan Matchett (Covert Affairs), Peter Gallagher (Covert Affairs), Michael Trucco (Fairly Legal), Baron Vaughn (Fairly Legal). Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal), Ryan Johnson (Fairly Legal), Callie Thorne (Necessary Roughness), Marc Blucas (Necessary Roughness), Mechad Brooks (Necessary Roughness), Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals), James Wolk (Political Animals), Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals), Carla Gugino (Political Animals), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Campbell Scott (Royal Pains), James Roday (Psych), Dulé Hill (Psych) Timothy Omundson (Psych), Ryan Johnson (Fairly Legal), Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Tim DeKay (White Collar), Gabriel Macht (Suits), Gina Torres (Suits), Sarah Rafferty (Suits), Patrick J. Adams (Suits), Meghan Markle (Suits), Kirsten Nelson (Psych), and Brooke D’Orsay (Royal Pains).

Summer TV 2012: 20 New and Returning Must-See Shows

The month of June is upon us and now that Memorial Weekend is past we can dig our heels in for summer television. Plenty of shows are returning with new seasons in the coming weeks and we’ve gathered the ones you should be tuning into and even discuss the marketing behind their new seasons. As usual, beware of spoilers!

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20. America’s Got Talent (Season 7)
NBC, Mondays at 8/7c

Summer started early for NBC and America’s Got Talent as we’re already three weeks into the auditions. While there’s a healthy amount of dance groups, comedians, magicians, singers, musicians, stuntmen and bizarre acts all vying to be Las Vegas’ next million dollar attraction, the main reason to watch this show is Howard Stern. Whatever impulsive reaction middle America had towards the Sirius XM Radio personality at the first announcement of him becoming a judge, they should know by now that the King of All Media is a pretty darn good judge who explains himself, gives constructive criticism, has complete charm and control of the room, has a much warmer heart than what he’s given credit for and he does have an eye for talent.

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19. Necessary Roughness (Season 2)
USA, Wednesday, June 6 at 10/9c

Personally, what this show has going for it is that it’s completely different from the fleet of procedurals, courtroom dramas, and reality series.  When Callie Thorne got a Golden Globe nomination as a therapist with all of the answers at work but was a mess at home it raised eyebrows. Additional allure comes when we’d like to guess which current NFL diva wide receiver inspired Terrence King (Mehcad Brooks), but because the show is based on the life of Dr. Donna Dennenfelser and her no-nonsense advice to high profile clientele, we can’t help but wonder if Dani’s other cases resemble anyone from the real world. This season we’ll find out how T.K. survives that season one finale (you know he will), and Dani will begin treating another football player.

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18. Suits (Season 2)
USA, Thursday, June 14 at 10/9c

Fans of Suits will be tuning in on the premiere to see if Trevor (Tom Lipinski) let Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) big secret out and if he does, what are the consequences he’ll be facing? Look for Margo Martindale to square off against Harvey (Gabriel Macht) in the courtroom and we finally get to see what the hotshot lawyer does in his off time.

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17. Weeds (Season 8 )
Showtime, Sunday, July 1 at 10/9c

Season 7 ended with a gunshot and come the first of July, we’ll find out who was at the receiving end of that sniper bullet. Now the show would like you to believe it was Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise-Parker) but that wouldn’t be fun, would it? Botwin is just one of the possible victims along with Andy (Justin Kirk), Doug (Kevin Nealon), Shane (Alexander Gould), and Silas (Hunter Parrish). And like any good cliffhanger involving a shooting, we must find out who pulled the trigger. Hence, the tongue and cheek poster above. One of the other things on the minds of Weeds watchers, is will this be the final season?

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16. Common Law (Season 1)
USA, Fridays at 10/9c

Already two weeks into its first season, this new buddy detective drama from USA already has the network shine on it. The idea of L.A. detectives going to couples therapy to work out their issues puts a new spin on the procedural. Snappy dialogue, funny situations, and two crazy lead characters played by Michael Ealy (Travis) and Warren Kole (Wes)–this show is already a hit in my book. Jack McGee is terrific delivering those cringe-worthy lines as the father-like Captain Sutton and who else wants to see Sonya Walger to find a long-term permanent TV home?


Premiere Dates Set for ‘White Collar,’ ‘Burn Notice,’ ‘Suits,’ ‘Necessary Roughness,’ ‘Covert Affairs,’ & ‘Royal Pains.’

While the networks are playing the shell game with what pilots they’re going to go forward with, USA is locking up the premiere dates of its entire summer lineup which includes heavy hitters like White Collar, Covert Affaris, and Burn Notice while series on the rise, Suits, Royal Pains, and Necessary Roughness also get time slots. Take note of new lead-in partners Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness on Wednesday nights to give viewers a lot of therapy and medicated troubles.

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Series Starting in May:
• Common Law finally debuts on May 11 and run on Friday nights at 10PM.

Series starting in June:
Royal Pains Season 4 kicks off on June 6, Wednesdays at 9PM.
• Necessary Roughness Season 2 will begin on June 6, Wednesdays at 10PM.

• Burn Notice Season 6 will see the first episode with Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) behind bars on June 14, Thursdays at 9PM.
• Suits Season 2 will begin the following week on June 14, Thursdays at 10PM.

Series launching in July:
Covert Affairs Season 3 in a time change will lead-in White Collar, Tuesdays at 9PM.
White Collar Season 4 will anchor USA’s summer lineup on Tuesdays, at 10PM.

Political Animals will air on Sundays in July but it has yet to be announced when the premiere date will be. This will be a six-part miniseries, from Greg Berlanti (Everwood) that stars Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, patterned off of Hilary Clinton. Elaine keeps her plates spinning at work and at home while an ambitious D.C. journalist, played by Carla Gugino aims to ruin Elaine’s career.

USA Sets Date for ‘Common Law’ Premiere, ‘White Collar’, ‘Royal Pains’ Returns

Now that Burn Notice and Covert Affairs are close to wrapping for 2011, what should we expect next from USA’s impressive roster of original series? Well, the action kicks back into gear in January as the network debuts new comedy-drama Common Law and brings back staples White Collar and Royal Pains.

Common Law, set in Los Angeles, but filming in New Orleans, stars Michael Ealy (Takers, Barbershop) and Warren Kole as two homicide detectives that are ordered to go to couple’s theraphy because they can’t stand each other. Ealy’s character Travis Marks is described as a “maverick ladies’ man” while Kole is a “methodical former lawyer.” This buddy-cop bromance is right up USA’s alley as a majority of their shows follow the same two-star setup. Common Law will premiere on January 26, 2012.

I’m personally waiting for the return on White Collar, which will next hit the cable wires on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. When we last left this cops and robbers caper, Peter Burke’s wife Elizabeth had been kidnapped by the nefarious villain Matthew Keller. Of course, this would’ve never happend if Neal Caffrey hadn’t stolen a priceless treasure that Keller wants. We can only imagine how the dynamic between Neal and Peter will change as a result of the kidnapping.

As for Royal Pains, you can expect that back the next day on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.