USA’s ‘Fairly Legal’ Cancelled, ‘Burn Notice’ Nears 13-Episode Seventh-Season Renewal

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 4:57pm PDT
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Fairly Legal Cancelled USA NetworkEXCLUSIVE: USA Network‘s Fairly Legal won’t return for a third season as the network has opted not to continue with the series starring Sarah Shahi. Meanwhile, I hear USA is finalizing a deal for … Read More »

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USA Network Schedules ‘Fairly Legal’ And ‘In Plain Sight’ On Friday

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 7:40am PST
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After two and a half years, USA Networks’ originals are back on Friday night. The second season of network’s Fairly Legal and the fifth and final cycle of In Plain Sight will air on the night starting March 16. For … Read More »

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Ryan Johnson Joins USA Drama ‘Fairly Legal’ As New Regular

By | Friday October 28, 2011 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Johnson (Ghost Rider) has joined USA Network’s drama Fairly Legal as a new regular for Season 2. On the series starring Sarah Shahi as lawyer-turned-mediator Kate Reed, Johnson will play Ben Grogan, a sharp, up-and-coming trial attorney with … Read More »

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USA Network’s Alex Sepiol Promoted To SVP Original Scripted Series Programming

By | Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 10:59am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: USA Network has promoted Alex Sepiol to SVP Original Scripted Series Programming. He will continue to report to Bill McGoldrick, also SVP, Original Scripted Programming. In 2005, Sepiol brought Burn Notice to the network as a pitch Read More »

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‘Fairly Legal’ Creator Michael Sardo Steps Down, Peter Ocko Tapped As Showrunner

By | Friday May 20, 2011 @ 1:37pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Fairly Legal creator Michael Sardo has stepped down as executive producer and showrunner of the USA Network dramedy. Former Pushing Daisies executive producer Peter Ocko has been tapped as the new exec producer/showrunner on the series for its upcoming second season.

The changeover is part of USA’s plan for creative changes on Fairly Legal going into Season 2. When USA recently renewed the freshman series, the network’s co-president Jeff Wachtel indicated that the decision was based on the show’s appealing star, Sarah Shahi, and its potential but noted that there is room for improvement. “We think there is a creative and audience upside to the show,” Wachtel said back then. “Not every first season is the best, and we think it is a show that can do better.” While a solid performer — Fairly Legal launched as the top new cable drama of the year in adults 18-49 and has averaged a 4.6 million total viewers in Live+7 — the legal dramedy was not a breakout hit like most of USA’s recent series. Fairly Legal producer Universal Cable Prods is currently negotiating with Sardo about a potential future role on the show. Sardo is behind another high-profile UCP project — he is the creator/executive producer of the studio’s pilot Normal (formerly untitled Michael Sardo) for Lifetime. The drama pilot starring Carrie-Anne Moss is in contention for a series pickup at the cable network, with Sardo set to executive produce. (Additionally, Sardo serves as an exec producer on America’s Smartest Kids, a realty show in development at USA/UCP sibling Syfy). Read More »

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USA’s ‘Fairly Legal’ Renewed For Season 2, Will Undergo Creative Changes

By | Monday May 2, 2011 @ 12:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

USA is keeping its streak of renewing every new series alive with a second-season pickup for Fairly Legal. The top cable network will make the announcement at its upfront presentation in New York later today. Production on 13 new episodes … Read More »

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‘Breakout Kings’ Has A Big Debut On A&E, ‘Army Wives’ Up In Return On Lifetime

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CABLE RATINGS: ‘Jersey Shore’ Hits A New Record, USA’s ‘Fairly Legal’ Debuts OK

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Another week, another ratings record for Jersey Shore. The red-hot MTV reality phenomenon drew 8.9 million viewers last night, beating last week’s record of 8.6 million. In adults 18-49, it averaged a 4.7 rating, also a new record, making it the second highest-rated program on TV last night behind Fox’s Read More »

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Producer Steve Stark Signs Overall Deal With Universal Media Studios

By | Tuesday January 18, 2011 @ 10:14am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After a two-year run as an independent producer, Steve Stark has signed an overall deal with Universal Media Studios. He  is already in business with the studio on the freshman UMS drama series for NBC The Event, which he brought to the network and is now executive producing.  He also has a long-standing relation with NBC through the Grammnet/CBS Studios-produced Medium, on which he serves as an executive producer. The supernatural crime drama started off on NBC where it aired for 5 seasons before moving to CBS. Additionally, Stark is executive producing the upcoming USA light legal drama Fairly Legal. Read More »

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USA Sets Its Premiere Dates For Winter

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USA’s newest series Fairly Legal (formerly Facing Kate) will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 10 PM. It will follow the winter cycle debut of Royal Pains, which will serve as its lead-in. Original episodes of White Collar will … Read More »

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