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News Briefs: Common Law Is Looking Like a One-and-Done

BUSINESS TIME

... According to Deadline, USA will likely pass on renewing its dramedy Common Law for a second season. The show about two cops who undergo couples counseling never really pulled in the right ratings, and became the network's lowest-rated series. Fellow USA shows Fairly Legal and Necessary Roughness are also in trouble. [Deadline Hollywood]

... (American) Football rules all! CBS is adjusting the start times of its primetime programs on Sundays when it airs a pigskin double header after multiple instances of football overrun wreaking havoc on its schedule. Late games on Sundays have been moved back to a 4:25pm start time (probably due to early game overrun), making it even more necessary to push primetime shows back half an hour this season. That means 60 Minutes will start at 7:30pm instead of 7pm, and the rest of CBS's Sunday shows will shift accordingly. [Hitfix]

... Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia has two more shows in the works, this time at CBS. One is said to be a single-camera comedy in the vein of his other shows (quirky family!), and the other is about a mid-20s woman who documents her family on video to prove that they are crazy, which also sounds like a single-camera project. Meaning neither will be picked up by CBS. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Cartoon Network has greenlighted two new series. Steven Universe comes from Adventure Time's Rebecca Sugar and follows a boy who is a member of the Guardians of the Universe, and Uncle Grandpa is about a "magical" uncle! And grandpa! I'm much more excited about these than I am about those Greg Garcia projects. [Deadline Hollywood]

... A & E has ordered a pilot for Occult, a supernatural drama from producer Michael Bay. The plot might sound awfully familiar: two FBI agents, a man and a woman, investigate cases involving the occult. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Rumor has it that Simon Cowell wants Khloe Kardashian to host his talent show The X Factor in an effort to draw in a younger (and stupider) audience. "It's about time Khloe Kardashian caught a break," said a sarcastic cow. [TMZ]

... The Emmys this year will at least try to be funny. Among the presenters who will read bad teleprompter jokes in a few weeks will be Jim Parsons, Mindy Kaling, Louis C.K., Amy Poehler, Ricky Gervais, and Ginnifer Goodwin. Jimmy Kimmel will host the event, which takes place September 23. [The Wrap]

... Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) will guest-star on Men At Work in the second season, playing an annoying co-worker of the guys. [TV Guide]

... Parks and Recreation will welcome back funny guy Ben Schwartz (House of Lies) next season. Schwartz will reprise his role as Jean-Ralphio, the man who helped Tom start up the horrible business Entertainment 720. [TV Guide]


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This is an amazing programme, and not every programme needs blood, guts and gore. So please keep this perfect mix of crime and law going. THIS IS AMAZING and if you give it a few more seasons more people will want to watch it. So please, don't stop it ='(
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This program rocks!!! One the whole family can watch. Its not full of sex, gore or swearing, probably why no one likes it. Well I will be one to stand up and say KEEP THIS SHOW GOING PLEASE!!!! For us little people that dont like all the crap shows out there today.

Michael Ealy and Warren Kole, you guys rock this show and give me hope there will be more shows like this one.
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Damn it! The interaction between the two characters at Common Law was great... networks think their shows will build an audience by themselves just because? This show was in the wrong day and above all in the wrong network... should have been on one of the big 5.
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If Burn Notice doesn't get renewed I will be so sad. Suits will definitely get renewed.
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Who's talking about Burn Notice? Anyways, good show, but it's been around for six seasons... so there's nothing to complain about.
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Common Law's premise was somewhat believable, but the show was just a filler watch for me. I found Fairly Legal's premise less believable - also a filler watch. .
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If you're looking for something believable, watch History Channel or anything like that - don't watch series, as they're all FICTION in case you didn't notice. Yeah, even the most "believable" ones. I cannot understand why you say this as you've got the Supernatural guys as your profile picture - a fantasy show where EVERYTHING is as far away as possible from "believable". Did you even notice that?
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If Fairly Legal, as a series, is grounded in reality then it should at least make an attempt at being a believable. Stop picking on Shreela for enjoying a show that bases itself on the Supernatural, and not enjoying a show that supposedly grounds itself in reality and then indulges contrived set-ups and weakly written characters.
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Every time a show starts up they cut it because it did not do "whatever it was suppose to do" what happened to given a show a chance. you have crap on t.v. at the moment that should have finished after one night but NO it's good people love it they will watch it. the only reason people watch it is because you have taken off all the good shows.

Common law was finding it's feet so to speak and because it did not move fast enough or whatever you dump it ?

Get a grip on reality and give it a proper chance.
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dont get rid of Common Law. I love that show
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Ha ha, epic fail. I am gloating at a show I hate-watched getting canned.



I'm not too broken up about Fairly Legal in trouble either, they retooled it into the grave.
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It's a tried-and-true strategy, stolen out of Fox's playbook...instead of flat out cancelling it, let's retool it to the point the hardcore fans won't even watch it anymore, then cancel it, citing poor ratings as an excuse.
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I really like Sarah Shahi, but Fairly Legal bored me.



I kind of like Callie Thorne, but Roughness bored me.



I kind of liked Common Law, but it also kind of bored me. It seemed to have been getting better, though.
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Wrong approach. Who cares about what bored you?
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The first season of Fairly Legal was wonderful. Sarah Shahi was electric and utterly adorable. But all the changes they made last year ruined the show. I quit watching early on. Necessary Roughness was just not good from day one, and although Common Law was okay, I never could get into it.
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About a week left of Big Brother. That proves the summer is coming to an end.



Although it seems the real fall premieres won't happen until next week when many shows return. Now for the struggle of working out my TV schedule.
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I gave up on Common Law about 3 episodes from the end, it had no real bite and the 'couple' was becoming increasingly cliched. It may have seemed like a novel idea for the first three of four episodes but it soon became tired. I won't miss it. Necessary Roughness isn't bad but I won't miss that either, or Royal Pains for that matter but that probably won't get the can just yet. I will miss Fairly Legal, but not for too long. It's a decent show but if it had any real competition in it's timeslot it would have been cancelled a long time ago. Unless USA get four new shows in for next summer I'd rather they keep Fairly Legal and ditch the other three.



That Occult does sound familiar, but I'll never remember what show it reminds me of because I've been staring at my DVD collection and now I've got 'The X Files' stuck in my head. Oh well!
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I threw Royal Pains away earlier this year after the stupid "Jack" storyline. Every now and then I'll turn it on, but I just can't get interested in it anymore.
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I remember checking out the Common Law premiere...couldn't tell you what actually happened in it though.
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I love Common Law, too!! Friday night is tough night for a new show. I hope it comes back. The USA network has been good about giving shows time to find their stride.
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I love Common Law!!!
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Common Law was alright but I won't miss it. I sort of liked Fairly Legal, but it wasn't a top priority even though I liked it more than the current seasons of both Royal Pains and White Collar. Necessary Roughness needs to go though.



I won't watch any of those Cartoon Network shows, I hate everything on there now as it is.



even though Occult sounds like The Fringe Files, I'll probably watch it. I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff.



I like Ben Schwartz but Jean-Ralphio was kind of annoying... but not as annoying as Tom so whatever
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why wouldnt jean ralphio come back?

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Yes, please! More Greg Garcia!
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I find it frustrating when networks axe a show just as its hitting its stride. Common Law is a good example. But Whitney will continue. :/
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I found the commercials for Whitney so painful. Not being a masochist, I never watched the show.
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I would like Louis CK to host the Emmy's. You know he would give so little f***, it would be hilarious. And short :D
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Do occult things blow up hugely and uneccessarily at the same time. Or hot female FBI agent going in slow mo while the world around her is chaos? No. Then what will Michael have to contribute?



Not surprised about Common Law. The finale was good but overall the season lacked. And since they admitte what was the issue between them what more are they going to do. Can it and bring on something new and better.
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fairly legal was absolute garbage and should have been canned early on. common law isn't very strong but it feels like a usa show. it has heart and humor. necessary roughness on the other hand is exceedingly good. if it were to be cancelled i'd lose all hope in usa. i'm already disappointed the the once proverbially clean psych started to resort to crude and sexual humor consistently last season. anyway back onto necessary roughness callie thorne and Mehcad Brooks (t.k., eggs from true blood) can act. and it's cases of the week can be really moving.



i like raising hope, good luck to him.



i think i prefer my male / female fbi partners to investigate aliens. not a big fan of evil.



men at work is far from strong but it's strength is definitely in it's casting. first season had great guest stars too.



i love jean ralphio! and ben schwartz. been enjoying him on on house of lies as much as i was enjoying him on parks and rec and look forward to him being brought back.





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