USA picks up 'Common Law'; '90210' casts a 'cowboy'

michael-ealy-gi-320.jpgToday's TV snacks include a new series getting greenlit, an existing show coming back for a second season and a couple pieces of casting news.

USA has given the green light to a buddy-cop series called "Common Law." It stars Michael Ealy ("The Good Wife") and Warren Kole ("The Chicago Code") as LAPD detectives who hate each other so much that their captain ( Jack McGee, "Rescue Me") sends them to couples counseling. Wacky! [ USA]

The CW has added two new characters to "90210" for its fourth season. Justin Deeley ("Couples Retreat") will play a "cowboy type" -- actually the son of a country-music star -- who's a potential love interest for Naomi ( AnnaLynne McCord), while Megalyn Echikunwoke ("CSI: Miami") will play a rival of Naomi's at college. [ TVLine]

Meet the new governor on "Hawaii Five-0": Richard T. Jones ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") will have a recurring part on the CBS series this season. His character will keep a tighter rein on the Five-0 team than the previous, pushing-her-own-agenda governor ( Jean Smart) did. [ TV Guide]

A&E has picked up its drama "Breakout Kings" for a second season. The show, which began life as a FOX pilot before migrating to cable, will go back into production later this year and likely return in early 2012. [ A&E]

HBO has begun development on a series based on Carl Hiaasen's novel "Skinny Dip," about a low-life scientist, the wife he tries to murder and an ex-cop who helps her. Michael Oates Palmer ("Rubicon") is writing the script and exec producing with actor Michael Keaton, who has a development deal at HBO. [ Variety]
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