USA Network Announces Fall Programming Premiere Dates Including 'Modern Family', 'White Collar' & 'Psych'

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August 15th, 2013


via press release:


Top Rated Acquisitions MODERN FAMILY & NCIS: LOS ANGELES Kick Off The Week Of September 23

WHITE COLLAR And COVERT AFFAIRS Return Thursday, October 17

IT TAKES A CHOIR, A Holiday Season Reality Series Event, Begins Sunday, November 3

NEW YORK – August 15, 2013 – USA Network announced today a powerful fall programming lineup, including new series acquisition MODERN FAMILY, one of the top comedies in all of television, debuting on Tuesday, September 24 at 8pm.  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 (Tuesday-Friday 8-9pm, Tuesdays 9-11pm, Fridays 9-10pm, Sundays 9-11pm). 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, September 23 and airs four nights a week (Mondays,Wednesdays, Fridays at 7pm, Wednesdays from 9-11pm, Thursdays at 7pm & 11pm). 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 that pose a threat to the nation's security.

Two of the network’s hit original dramas return on Thursday, October 17, beginning with the fifth season premiere of sexy, sophisticated series WHITE COLLAR at 9pm 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 (fka “The Choir”), on Sundays at 8pm, beginning November 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, December 15 from 9-11pm. Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule 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 theatre 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 be making 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, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez. Her segments, airing between 11am-3pm on weekdays, will feature one-on-one interviews with actors, personalities and tastemakers from her iconic stoop.

*All times are ET/PT

The #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes.  USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events.  A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV.  USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at Characters Welcome.

  • Louis

    This premiere dates should have included the fourth season of HAPPY ENDINGS!!! -_-
    so mad at USA now…..

  • little_big_man

    So they are sending 18 episodes of Modern Family per week? Or basically burning through all episodes in just 5 weeks?

  • Outcontryguest

    What a horrible schedule. This seems like they want to cancel White Collar. First the put it on a long hiatus then they cut the season from 16 episodes to 13 and now they gave the show the weakest lead in. NCIS Los angeles was getting .5 or .4 at 11 pm after WWE RAW.

    To me is like USA network is rebranding and they already decide which shows are gonna takr the cut.

    A shame, I really like almost all of their shows.

  • little_big_man

    Modern Family is the lead in of White Collar:
    7-8: NCIS:LA
    8-9: Modern Family
    9-10: White Collar
    10-11: Covert Affair
    11-12: NCIS:LA

  • Terry

    Modern Family is going to be such a failure on USA. I hope for USA’s sake that if MF does indeed fail that they don’t give up on the comedy genre I think the network can do well in the comedy genre they just got to find the right repeaters and original comedies.

    As for NCIS: LA this show is already doing solid for them in repeats getting around 2 million viewers during most showings. Hopefully they pickup Blue Bloods for next season unless I’m not aware that another network has picked up its rights already.

  • Outcontryguest


    You are right. My mistake.

    Forget my previos commen even though USA is heading into a diferrent network.

  • rob60990

    Modern Family will also be airing on FOX affiliates this fall. Here in NY it is airing at 7 & 730pm daily starting Sept 23.

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    I believe I got this right:

    7 ?????
    8 ????? Until Nov 3rd
    8 It Takes A Choir (Reality Holiday Series Programming) Nov 3rd
    9-11pm Modern Family (4 episodes)
    Dec 15th PSYCH: The Musical takes the Modern Family Sun Slot

    7 NCIS:LA (Sep 23rd is the USA Network Premiere for Repeats)
    8-11+ WWE RAW (airs all 52 weeks of the year)

    7 ?????
    8-11 Modern Family (6 eps)(Sep 24th is the USA Network Premiere for Repeats)

    7 NCIS:LA
    8 Modern Family (2 eps)
    9 NCIS:LA
    10 NCIS:LA

    7 NCIS:LA
    8 Modern Family (2 eps)
    9 White Collar (s5 premiers Oct 17th – 16eps ordered – no idea on the split)
    10 Covert Affairs (s4 second half airs episodes Oct 17th-Nov 21st, I think)
    11 NCIS:LA

    7 NCIS:LA
    8-10 Modern Family (4 eps)

    How fast will the repeats go through a full cycle?
    They each have just under 100eps, as they both have 4 full seasons.
    Modern Family 16 eps a week. Weeks = ~7.
    NCIS: LA 7 eps a week. Weeks = ~14.

    Hours that I don’t see listed, for btwn 7-10 Sun-Fri:
    8pm until Nov 3

    NCIS:LA & Modern Family both Premiere 1 day b4 their respective show’s Network Premiere, during Broadcast Premiere Week.

    Main Network Competition crime drama vs crime drama, comedy vs comedy?
    NCIS:LA will be competing with Criminal Minds & CSI & other Wed dramas.
    Modern Family will be competing with The Middle & Thursday 8-9 comedies,

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    *Correction, I hadn’t heard about the reduction from 16-13 episodes for White Collar. So, change that from 16 to 13.

    Also, I counted wrong, Modern Family, does indeed have 18 eps, not 16. So, make that just over 5 weeks, instead of 7, per cycle.

  • Ram510

    @Anna Bones

    The press release says Modern Family is on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. No Wednesdays and Thursdays

  • M!chaelCh!ckless

    I’m totally Psyched for The Musical.

  • catsrule

    rob60990: Modern Family will also be airing on FOX affiliates this fall. Here in NY it is airing at 7 & 730pm daily starting Sept 23.
    No, Modern Family will be airing on your FOX affiliate. It will be on my NBC affiliate, different networks across the nation depending on which station got the rights. It’s not exclusive to FOX.

  • Kyle B

    Ugh…not too crazy about their lineup. I’m not a fan of networks running shows into the ground this way-even if they’ve got 100+ episodes. It’s just too much and you risk burning audiences out, even if they’re fans of the show.

  • Wilfred

    What the hell is going to happen to my SVU marathons? DAMN IT!!!

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood


    “(Tuesday-Friday 8-9pm, Tuesdays 9-11pm, Fridays 9-10pm, Sundays 9-11pm).”

    Hence, the first part “Tuesday-Friday 8-9pm” covers Tues/Wed/Thur/Fri 8-9pm, the other 4 mentions are additional episodes on Tues/Fri & a new day of Sunday.

    So, unless my reading comprehension is mistaken, Modern Family does indeed air on Wed & Thur.

  • catsrule

    outcontryguest: What a horrible schedule. This seems like they want to cancel White Collar.
    Thursdays at 9:00 is where Burn Notice thrived. Maybe USA wants to make White Collar its new flagship show.

  • Trent

    Bomer needs to move on to film where he belongs! Too good for USA and TV in general. Love WC but set him free, it’s inhibiting his career. They cut WC and give us the dismal Graveland – huge mistake.

  • jimmers

    F.U. USA for not picking up “Happy Endings”!

  • merrranga

    umm… covert affairs is only gonna be off the air for 4 weeks… how is that a ‘return’?

  • Cyrax86

    @merrranga, the article says 6 episodes for Covert Affairs. Interesting that this drama pairing goes for Thursdays now, I think last season (or the one before) they were paired like that on Tuesdays in the Summer. With Burn Notice ending and Royal Pains faltering, White Collar fans have nothing to worry about.

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