By Jamie Ruby
I have to be honest, when I first saw the promo for Common Law
, I wasn't sure that it would be something I would watch. Don't get me wrong, it looked good and of course funny, but the promo didn't hook me. Then I watched the pilot and my whole outlook changed. Common Law
is not just another detective drama, it offers a fresh new take on the partner dynamic.
The series, which premieres May 5th, stars Michael Ealy (The Good Wife
, Think Like a Man
) as Travis Marks and Warren Kole (24
, The Avengers
) as Wes Mitchell, detectives who fight about just about everything, and they bicker like an old married couple. Yet somehow their partnership still works, as they close the most cases of anyone in the Robbery-Homicide Division.
When the fighting becomes too much for their captain (Jack McGee), he forces them to attend couples' counseling, much to their annoyance. Travis, who's a big ladies' man, is quickly on board when he sees the charming Dr. Ryan (Sony Walger). Wes is not so easily swayed.
The show may be rooted in comedy, but it also has a good story structure, and the case in the pilot is interesting. They didn't skimp on the actual evidence tracking for the sake of laughs, yet it doesn't bog down the show either - it all balances out really well. The characters also have interesting personalities and backstories and I'm eager to learn more about why the detectives are the way they are.
USA Network is known for their characters, and Common Law
doesn't disappoint. The dramedy will fit well into their schedule of programming, and I believe USA has another hit on their hands; I will certainly be watching.