USA yesterday announced new seasons for White Collar, Royal Pains and Psych - making their 2011 original programming slate identical to this year's.
The cable channel had already renewed Law & Order: Criminal Intent for one final year, as well as Burn Notice, In Plain Sight and new spy drama Covert Affairs before announcing these latest renewals. USA's president of programming, Jeff Wachtel, explained the decision by saying, "It's a wonderful validation that the shows are working."
He added, "Though its lovely to celebrate success, it also allows us to push out -- you don't want to alienate your base, but you don't want to sit still." This is presumably a reference to plans to bolster these seven series with new shows, although nothing has been announced yet. Wachtel again: "[New original programming is] not an imperitive to fill time slots. We're still able to be more hand-crafted. We're not going to get to the point of, 'oh my god, we need a comedy block on Monday nights.' It's still going to remain 'no show before its time.'"
Well, if nothing else, something will be needed to fill L&O: CI's place in 2012. Anyone working on a police procedural over there...?