USA, one of the networks as the forefront of scripted summer drama over the years, will premiere two series and bring back four other dramas during the warm-weather months this year, it announced today.
In a bit of a surprise, the two newbies, renegade-doctor drama "Rush" and marriage drama "Satisfaction," will premiere back-to-back from 9 to 11 p.m., without support from an existing series, on Thursday July 17.
It hails from Fox21 and writer/director Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies"), along with Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo ("Missing," "13 Going on 30") and executive producer Adam Fierro ("The Shield"). "Rush" films in Vancouver.
"Satisfaction," which will film in Atlanta, explores modern marriage at its midpoint. It stars Matt Passmore, Stephanie Szostak, Michelle DeShon, Katherine LaNasa and Blair Redford ("Switched at Birth"). It comes from Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and executive producer/creator Sean Jablonski. Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster also serves as executive producer.
As for the returning shows, "Royal Pains" and "Covert Affairs" will be paired on Tuesdays, with the former bowing June 10 and the latter coming aboard two weeks later. Last summer, "Royal Pains" aired on Wednesday.
"Suits" and "Graceland" both premiere on Wednesday, June 11. Last summer, "Suits" aired on Tuesdays, and "Graceland" played on Thursday, behind "Burn Notice" in its final year.
Mondays, of course, remain the domain of wrestling series "WWE Raw," which runs year-round.