playing-house-usa.JPGUSA has picked up a pair original half-hour comedies to air alongside its big acquired series “Modern Family.” It has not, however, made a move to revive “Happy Endings” following that show’s cancellation by ABC.

Speculation has been running high for several weeks that USA would add “Happy Endings” to its roster if ABC dropped the show, but it didn’t happen as part of USA’s upfront announcements on Thursday (May 16). A report on Deadline says a pickup for “Happy Endings” is now “unlikely.”

The two comedies USA did pick up are “Sirens,” a show about an oddball group of EMTs in Chicago; and “Playing House,” a female buddy comedy from Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham (“Best Friends Forever”).

“Sirens” stars Michael Mosley (“Pan Am”), Kevin Daniels (“Modern Family”), Jessica McNamee (“The Vow”) and Kevin Bigley (“Game Change”). “Rescue Me” creator-star Denis Leary and “Wedding Crashers” and “Traffic Light” writer Bob Fisher co-created the show and will executive produce.

Parham and St. Clair created and co-star in “Playing House,” which like “BFF” explores the unusually tight bond between two best friends. In this show, mom-to-be Maggie (Parham) invites her friend Emma (St. Clair) home from an overseas job to attend Maggie’s baby shower and gets a lot more than she expected.

Both shows are expected to premiere in early 2014 and join reruns of “Modern Family,” which makes its USA debut in September. The channel has also ordered a pilot called “Love Is Dead,” about a company that specializes in breaking up relationships for those with the money but not the spine to do it themselves. It’s based on a short film from France and was written by “Chuck” veteran Zev Borow.

Posted by:Rick Porter