A cop, a con man and a fake lawyer walk into a bar…and, no joke, every head turns. Still, it’s nothing new to see the trio in question — Michael Ealy, Matt Bomer and Patrick J. Adams — with other, equally good-looking buddies. On the cops-in-therapy freshman series Common Law, Ealy’s been sparking with costar Warren Kole as mismatched LAPD partners Travis Marks and Wes Mitchell. Bomer’s White Collar schemer Neal Caffrey has spent the past three seasons bantering and buddying up to Tim DeKay's straitlaced Fed Peter Burke. And the SAG-nominated Adams is about to kick off his second season as legal-eagle poser Mike Ross opposite Gabriel Macht's slickster attorney Harvey Specter on Suits. Together, this holy trinity of cheekbones and charm exemplify the easy-to-look-at and easier-to-love attitude of USA’s sunniest, funniest dramedies. Over drinks at a Manhattan hot spot the day before their high-seas cover shoot, the fellas shot the breeze with us about the network’s “blue skies” aesthetic, their on-screen sidekicks and the pitch-perfect cross-over episode.
TV Guide Magazine: Michael, as the newbie here, did you watch other USA shows before joining Common Law?
Ealy: Oh, yeah. I watched all of them to get a feel for their shows.
TV Guide Magazine: That comedy-drama vibe?
Adams: USA is really good at that. I don’t know what it’s like on your sets, but it’s a natural comedy, not like “be funny, be funny, be funny.”
Ealy: We’ve had such a hard time figuring out the balance because we’re LAPD detectives and a lot of real [stuff] happens on that job.
Bomer: Everybody talks about the “blue skies” thing, but I find our shows to be like life. I don’t think anybody walks through life serious and stone-faced the entire time. People want to laugh.
Adams: And that’s what works so well in USA’s shows. A lot of television is so serious.
TV Guide Magazine: Chemistry helps, too.
Adams: Did you guys test [with your costars] together?
Ealy: Warren tested with me when I first got the job, but they kept looking and looking, then they came back to him. It was like four months later.
Bomer: I tested with Tim [DeKay], yeah. We hit it off right away.
Adams: Gabriel [Macht] and I didn’t test together, so I don’t know how that happened.
Ealy: That’s some good casting, if they could see how well you guys would work together.
TV Guide Magazine: You could actually be siblings.
Adams: A lot of people thought the show was about [brothers]…
Bomer: There goes the Season 2 mythology!