USA Network's fall line up features a powerful slate of drama, comedy, reality, and a highly anticipated musical eventby jmaloni
Top-rated acquisitions "Modern Family" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" kick off the week of Sept. 23; "White Collar" and "Covert Affairs" return Thursday, Oct. 17; "It Takes A Choir," a holiday reality series event, begins Sunday, Nov. 3
USA Network has announced a powerful fall programming lineup, including new series acquisition "Modern Family," one of the top comedies in all of television, debuting on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. The first four seasons of this multi-Emmy Award-winning series, which takes a modern and hilarious look at the complications that come with being a family today, will air five nights a week. The series stars Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez.
Ratings juggernaut drama "NCIS: Los Angeles" begins Monday, Sept. 23, and airs four nights a week. The high-stakes drama, starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J, centers on the pressured world of a NCIS division charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals who pose a threat to the nation's security.
Two of the network's hit original dramas return on Thursday, Oct. 17, beginning with the fifth season premiere of sexy, sophisticated series "White Collar" at 9 p.m. and the nail-biting final six episodes of "Covert Affairs" season four at 10pm.
"White Collar" picks up after the shocking arrest of FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) on murder charges. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) must make a deal with the devil to help clear his name. The series also stars Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen, Marsha Thomason and Sharif Atkins. Garson makes his television directorial debut this season and DeKay returns to direct another episode.
In season 4.5 of "Covert Affairs" the hunt is on. As the people closest to Annie (Golden Globe-nominee Piper Perabo) suffer in the aftermath of Henry Wilcox's (guest star Gregory Itzin) bitter revenge plot, Annie makes her biggest sacrifice, pushing herself farther than ever in order to face off against a devious puppet master. The series also stars Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher and Hill Harper.
In full festive spirit, USA will air a special holiday season reality series event, "It Takes A Choir" (formerly known as "The Choir"), on Sundays at 8 p.m., beginning Nov. 3. Based on the hit UK series, this show follows the distinct and charming choirmaster Gareth Malone, who unites an unexpected mix of characters through the spellbinding power of music. A true fish out of water, in both his environment and teaching style, Malone finds himself in the craziest situations with some of the biggest characters. Each episode culminates in a unified and powerful public performance from the choir in front of their family, friends and community.
Rounding out the holiday programming slate is "Psych: The Musical," an unprecedented two-hour special event on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9 p.m. Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) dive into a world that's equal parts mystery and melody to track down an escaped playwright mad man, Z (Anthony Rapp, "Rent"), who, six years earlier, was deemed criminally insane after locking a critic in a back room of the theater that he burnt to the ground. The holiday event also stars Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Timothy Omundson and Corbin Bernsen.
Emmy Award-winning journalist Cat Greenleaf, USA's new host of daytime TV, will make her debut on the network in tandem with the "Modern Family" launch, kicking off with behind-the-scenes interviews with "Modern Family's" Steve Levitan, Hyland, Winter, Gould and Rodriguez. Her segments, airing between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, will feature one-on-one interviews with actors, personalities and tastemakers from her iconic stoop.