In an attempt to expand their female-centered dramas, USA has committed to a full season order of the new legal drama, Facing Kate. Created by Caroline in the City mastermind Michael Sardo and starring former Life actress Sarah Shahi, Facing Kate will follow frustrated litigator, Kate Reed, who decides to quit her current profession to become a mediator – the anti-lawyer.

As with all USA series, Facing Kate will kick things off with a 90-minute premiere followed by eleven hour-long episodes.

For the past couple of years, USA has become known for steering away from your typical cookie-cutter series and Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming, believes that this trend will continue with Facing Kate as the show has something more to offer viewers than the typical legal drama.

“This is someone who lives in a world of a constant conflict. With traditional lawyers, it’s always one wins, one loses; in mediation, the goal is to have win-win.”

While I’ll be the first to admit that the notion of “win-win” doesn’t exactly sound like an enthralling series, one can’t deny that for the past couple of years USA’s track record with original programming has been relatively flawless, with Psych, Burn Notice, Royal Pains and newcomer White Collar all proving to be hits for the network.

Even with all those successful series, I can’t wrap my head around the notion of a mediator-based drama actually being good. That being said, there’s no doubt I’ll be tuning in for Facing Kate‘s premiere. Whether I continue to tune in after the premiere is a completely different story.

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With USA’s track record for original programming will you be tuning in? Is there any way a show centered around a mediator can be good? Are you still angry that NBC canceled Life?

Expect to see the 90-minute series premiere of Facing Kate in the fourth quarter of 2010 on USA.

Source: Hollywood Reporter