USA Greenlights Comedies ‘Sirens’ From Denis Leary and ‘Playing House’

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USA has long specialized in blue skies dramas, but the cable channel announced at their annual upfront presentation that they are moving into the comedy game with their first two half-hour series. Comedies Sirens from Denis Leary (Rescue Me) and Playing House from Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham will join reruns of Modern Family on the network beginning in 2014. The thinking is that established series Modern Family (which will debut first on September 24th at 8/7c) will provide USA with a launching pad for their new series.

From Leary and Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Sirens is based on a British comedy and will follow three brilliant Chicago EMTs, whose job skills haven’t translated into life skills. Their “silly, self-righteous and even self-destructive personalities” make it hard for them to be good at anything other than their jobs. The series stars Michael Mosley (Pan Am), Kevin Daniels (Modern Family), Jessica McNamee (The Vow) and Kevin Bigley (Game Change).

While Sirens fits right into USA’s lineup of shows about quirky people in high stakes professions, Playing House seems specifically designed to accompany Modern Family. The series from the creators of NBC’s short-lived Best Friends Forever focuses on two friends, Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair), and what happens when Maggie asks Emma to return home from her overseas job to attend her baby shower.

In addition to Sirens and Playing House, USA also greenlit the comedy pilot Love is Dead from Zev Borow (Chuck). The series is set at a “unique company that specializes in breaking-up romantic relationships breaking-up romantic relationships — rationally, compassionately, thoroughly — on behalf of those who are willing to pay to not be around when it happens.”

Sirens and Playing House are set to premiere in early 2014.