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'Sirens': Another Chicago TV pilot picked up

Nina Metz

Chicago Closeup

5:41 PM EDT, May 16, 2013

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Yet another scripted series will be shooting in Chicago. On Thursday USA Network announced it has picked up the Denis Leary-produced half-hour comedy “Sirens,” about Chicago EMTs who have their act together at work but are a mess in their personal lives.

That brings to a total of six the number of series that will be shooting in Chicago for next season, along with "Chicago Fire," "Chicago PD" and "Crisis" for NBC, and "Betrayal" and "Mind Games" for ABC.

"Sirens" is set to premiere in early 2014 as a companion to syndicated episodes of “Modern Family,” which USA recently acquired.  

The network also picked up another comedy called “Playing House” from Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham (of the short-lived 2012 NBC sitcom “Best Friends Forever”) playing yet again -- you guessed it -- best friends.  

The pilot co-stars former Second City alumni Keegan-Michael Key (of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele”) and Brad Morris (who currently writes for TNT’s “Cougar Town”), though it is unclear whether either will be able to stay with the show because of their schedules. iO Theater veteran Scot Armstrong is also executive producing.

Additionally, USA is reportedly in talks to pick up “Happy Endings” (from North Shore native David Capse) in the wake of the show’s cancellation on ABC earlier this month.