USA is getting in the comedy game with "Playing House" from Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, and "Sirens" from Denis Leary and Bob Fisher.
The two half-hour comedies are the first for USA. "Sirens" and "Playing House" will debut in the first quarter of 2014. USA will begin airing "Modern Family" reruns on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
"This is the right time to be introducing half hour original comedies to the USA audience. With 'Modern Family' joining our line-up in the fall, we can leverage television’s most popular comedy to serve as a powerful launch pad for new originals in this genre," Chris McCumber, co-president of USA Network, said in a statement.
“Our new series come from some of the best comedic talent in the business, and reflect USA's style -- with great characters, strong execution and compelling storytelling," Jeff Wachtel, co-president of USA Network, said in a statement.
St. Clair and Parham previously had "Best Friends Forever" on NBC. The two star in their new comedy, "Playing House," about two best friends who come back together when they need each other the most. Parham plays Maggie, an expectant mother who asks her single and career-driven friend Emma (St. Clair) to return home from overseas to attend her baby shower. The two co-wrote the series and will serve as executive producers.
"Sirens" follows three Chicago EMTs whose "sometimes silly, self-righteous and even self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships and most occupation." The show is based on a UK series and stars Michael Mosley ("Pan Am"), Kevin Daniels ("Modern Family"), Jessica McNamee ("The Vow") and Kevin Bigley ("Game Change"). Leary and Fisher co-wrote the pilot and both executive produce the series.