I don’t think it’s much of a secret that TV is a tough business. For every one hit series there’s whole bunch of them that get killed after only a few episodes. Heck, there’s even some that are cancelled before they get on the air at all.
But no matter what, it all costs money. A lot of it.
Taking that into consideration, you can understand why networks seem to be doing more, cheaper, unscripted reality shows and fewer, more expensive, one hour scripted dramatic shows. It’s simple math.
However, one network at least (besides AMC) is bucking the trend and going for a lot more dramatic, scripted series. That network is USA, which has a Summer schedule filled with 8 hour dramas and comedies and only one reality series.
New series include Suits and Necessary Roughness and returning shows White Collar, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight and the the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
The network will use its biggest shows, Burn Notice and Royal Pains, to launch its new series, Suits and Necessary Roughness. Additionally, the network’s first reality series in 5 years, WWE Tough Enough, will continue to air on Monday, bringing the total of USA’s original summer series to 9.
Click through for USA’s Summer schedule with premiere dates (courtesy of the fine folks at Deadline):
8 PM WWE Tough Enough
9 PM WWE Monday Night Raw
TUESDAY (premieres June 7)
9 PM White Collar
10 PM Covert Affairs
WEDNESDAY (premieres June 29)
9 PM Royal Pains
10 Necessary Roughness
THURSDAY (premieres June 23)
9 PM Burn Notice
10 PM Suits
SUNDAY (Premieres May 1)
9 PM Law & Order: Criminal Intent
10 PM In Plain Sight