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News Briefs: USA Cancels Fairly Legal

CANCELED AND NOT-QUITE-RENEWED NEWS

... USA has dropped the axe on its mediator drama Fairly Legal, starring my beloved princess Sarah Shahi, after two seasons. The program had been struggling creatively and was retooled multiple times before USA gave up on it. The decision comes just one day after USA canceled Common Law and Shahi booked a guest role on NBC's Chicago Fire. [Deadline Hollywood]

... It seems like it was just a few days ago that AMC renewed Hell on wheels for a third season, and that's because it was just a few days ago. When the deal was announced, creators Joe and Tony Gayton left the project and executive producer John Shiban stepped up to the role of showrunner. Now, Shiban has backed out of the role and the show, leaving a big question mark with regard to what AMC is going to do with the program. The Season 3 renewal is now being put on hold until the network can find a showrunner everyone can agree on. I am so shocked that there is drama behind the scenes of an AMC show involving a showrunner. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Cartoon Network has renewed two of its shows. Regular Show and The Amazing World of Gumball will be back for a fifth and a fourth season, respectively. The network also ordered more episodes of Annoying Orange. [THR]

... HBO has ordered Hello Ladies to series, asking for eight episodes. The series stars Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the U.K. version of The Office and Ricky Gervais' buddy, as a gangly British man looking for love among the glamorous cliques of Los Angeles. Merchant, who's six feet, seven inches tall, will also write and direct some episodes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will both broadcast live on Election Day next Tuesday, as they should. [Deadline Hollywood]


HURRICANE SANDY IS STILL AFFECTING TV NEWS

... NBC will air a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert on Friday at 8pm called Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together. It will feature Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, and Sting. Here you go, victims of the superstorm, here's a bunch of half-dead rockers screaming at you. [USA Today]

... Hurricane Sandy let its opinion of ABC's new drama 666 Park Avenue be known by submerging the New York-based show's sets in six feet of water. Location filming will proceed as planned, but it could be weeks before filming resumes in the studio. But when it does, I expect Jane to make all sorts of squishy sounds while she has one of her patented barefoot walking dreams. Does that girl ever wear shoes? [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Michael Madsen will guest-star on Fox's The Mob Doctor for a couple episodes. He'll play a criminal overlord with back problems. Thrilling! [TV Guide]

... Brendan Fraser's run as a television star will have to wait. The Encino Man has dropped out of TNT's pilot Legends. Fraser was going to make his TV debut as an undercover agent who can transform himself into different characters on jobs, but Fraser butted heads with the showrunner. Let's hope the metaphorical head-butting didn't knock out Fraser's hair plugs. Cheap shot, yes, but have you seen those things? It looks like a doll's head. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kal Penn will host Discovery Channel's new reality competition series The Big Brain Theory. The series, set to debut in spring 2013, features brainiac engineers competing to build weird and wacky contraptions. [Discovery via press release]

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PLEASE BRING BACK FAIRLY LEGAL!! PLEASE :(
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I'm not that upset at the canceling of Fairly Legal, since they seemed to have re-booted it in S2 somewhat.

I so hope to see her in another show though. She was great in Life.



The Amazing World of Gumball needs more Banana Joe time.
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Sarah Shai can't catch a hit missed her after Life which shouldn't have been cancelled either.
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What? They cancelled Common Law? (Yes, I'm a little behind. Tomorrow I will comment on Fairly Legal being cancelled)
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This just in: Duh. Fairly Legal was ruined by heavy-handed season 2 tampering. There was an annoying new love triangle that didn't work, our protagonist stopped being passionate about mediating which was the one thing that made her different from a show full of lawyers, they eradicated without a single word an ongoing storyline about Kate's dad's friend, they pretty much made Fairly Legal fairly unwatchable for season 2.

Kinda glad to hear that Brendan Fraser didn't get into Legends, it sounded like an extremely poor fit for his style. I hadn't seen his hair plugs though, that's too bad, poor guy.

This just in the future: Kal Penn's "The Big Brain Theory" canceled after 3 to 7 episodes.
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according to Sarah Shahi's twitter " i've got something great coming up .. "



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Bit sorry for Fairly Legal as the second half of S2 got better but by then many viewers had been alienated ... And the Ben + Kate relationship eventually got interesting beyond the initial cartoonish start...



Hello Ladies looks promising...
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I can't believe Fairly Legal was cancelled. We were left hanging; will Kate end up with Justin or Ben. And so many other issues. If they cancel a show they should have everything resolved.
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Cliffhanger cancellations happen. It's unfortunate, but the best we can do is move on. My Name is Earl got cancelled, and I still don't know who Earl Jr.'s father is!
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USA cancelled two good light drama shows, Fairly Legal and Common Law and left a supposedly heavy drama show Necessary Roughness on, tsk tsk. Guess I'll be tuning to USA less during the summer.
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USA supposedly has been trying to go darker in tone in the last season of development, from what I remember reading in an interview here with the creator of White Collar, so your comment reminded me of that. It makes sense that they'd cut Fairly Legal and Common Law either way, though, as neither performed well compared to Royal Pains, White Collar, Suits, Burn Notice, and Covert Affairs (their top scripted dramas and 5 of the top 10 cable scripted dramas for last season).
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Fairly legal: I wish her character would just mature a little cause she was smart but annoying and hard to like...

Common law: they did some personal growing but the story lines weren't good enough...

Maybe they should have combined them somehow... '-)
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...Fairly Common?
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yeah second season other then the first main char from s1 and the guy . that was the only good thing
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Hell On Wheels is hell on wheels indeed. I have no doubt they'll find a showrunner before too long, and it'll be back on. Hopefully it won't be delayed.
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I loved the first season of Fairly Legal, but hated all the changes they made when it came back last year. I stopped watching after a few episodes.
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I love Sarah Shahi. I didn't like Fairly Legal that much, though. I'm really hoping she's able to star in another show -- or latch onto a current one -- pretty quickly.
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Cheered up with news of Hell on Wheels renewal, now brought back to misery.
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Couldn't care less about Fairly Legal being cancelled, I stopped watching after a few episodes the main character was annoying selfish and unbearable, not to mention some of the plots were just asinie.

Common Law I really got into and am sad its been cancelled....
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The first season was awesome...the second was...meh, I hated it
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it might not have been USA's best (SUUUUUUUUUUUUUITS and PSYYYYYYYCH!) but Fairly Legal was a good show, it just never really found it's footing. I can't believe they cancelled this and kept crap like Necessary Roughness on the air.
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I so agree about Necessary Roughness. What a horrible show.
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That's total BS! USA got it so wrong! Fairly Legal was awesome and the addition

of the new attorney was great...i'm gonna miss seeing Sarah...and Leo!
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Michael Madsen on The Mob Doctor? We'll never get to see those episodes. (At least one can only hope. #DeadPool2012)
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I list almost every show on my entries on the "What to Watch Tonight" pages, even those that seem to be for a "table for one" (don't list a daily talk shows). Though I think I'm fearless of my viewing choices, "The Amazing World of Gumball" isn't listed even though I enjoy it. I'm happy that it's renewed but surprised that the four of us that watch it (I'm guessing) is enough to keep it going - or is there a weird fan base like the strange "My Little Pony" brony enthusiasts?
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There was a significant decline on Fairly Legal from it's first to its second season.
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I really liked common law damn usa got it wrong
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For me, the first season of Fairly Legal got a little confusing due to some inconsistency. She's with her ex, then they fight and break up, and the very next episode it was like it never happened. I actually thought they were airing a couple of episodes out of production order, but could never really confirm it. There was also some confusing bit with the Richard Dead Anderson story that also made me think something was not playing out right. The second season never really came together. Shahi was the best thing about it through it all

- she deserved better.

Anyone know how long the NBC Benefit special will be? What's the point, if only giving it an hour? Is repeating this week's Revolution more important to them?? There's something really stupid about that, if so.

ABC should just cancel 666 and save money. How could thay not take that as a sign from God, fate, destiny, or whatever. If the show is delayed, the ratings will fall further from lack of momentum, which the show already has.
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By the way, shows lower in total viewers than Fairly Legal are Necessary Roughness, Psyche, Political Animals, and Common Law in that order.

For 18 - 49, Psyche and Necessary Roughness did better than Fairly Legal, then Common Law with Political Animals last.

Is Animals still alive? I can't believe that would go to series. I am guessing Necessary Roughness is still undecided and probably because it's being helped by its better 18-49 demo rating, but I have a feeling that's going to be canceled too. Psyche appears to be hanging in there for now.
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The only good thing about Fairly Legal was getting to see the Sarah Shahi eye candy. Good riddance to the most poorly written, poorly acted tv show I think I've ever witnessed. Sarah will definitely show up again very soon, though.
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That's a bunch of crappy news. Hell on Wheels better come back! And I'll miss watching Sarah Shahi on USA each week.
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Fairly Legal was awful IMO. It's pilot could use an honest critique from you time. Like remember that time where she talked that robber from holding up the store in exchange for a bunhco f crap he's have to run down the street with his arms full for? Yeah, brilliant show. Though it was worth one episode since it featured a braless sarah shahi in a white wife-beater. against my better judgement I actually stuck with that show up through the recipe episode.

Haha, God pwned Park Avenue because they dared him to. Now let everyone get sick from the mold that comes with 6 feet of water submersion.

Michael Madsen and The Mob Doctor, two names that bring no excitement to my life whatsoever.

Nothing says reigniting an acting career like a TNT show, just ask Timothy Hutton! Granted Leverage is watchable, occasionally & once in a blue moon even quite good, but he Hutton displayed more acting ability in The Killing Room (disturbing movie) than he has in all of his time on leverage IMO. To each their own...



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What i just screamed when i read the title...damn it i liked fairly legal :(
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"Fairly Legal" was a good show its first season than became a flaming pile of shit in its second season when they added the douchebag new attorney. It was clear the new character didn't work from the first episode and then he kept showing up and the show never recovered. Glad it got canceled.
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I so hated that guy,
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NO!!!! I need my fix of Sarah Shahi on my tv. And I can't watch Chicago Fire, it is really really stupid.
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Oh, AMC. I look forward to you running some awesome CSI: Miami marathons in the very near future.
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Before or after Three Stooges...?....
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Does it really matter????
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I don't have HBO, but I'd love to see anything with Stephen Merchant. He's hilarious!
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Aw, nutbunnies.
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