News Briefs: USA Cancels Fairly Legal

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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]