News Briefs: USA Moves Fairly Legal and In Plain Sight to Fridays

SCHEDULING, RATINGS, AND CANCELLATION NEWS

... Fridays are getting more and more watchable as networks continue to favor a six-day scheduling week. USA Network is joining Fox, Starz, CBS, and NBC in airing quality TV on a so-called party night by scheduling Fairly Legal and In Plain Sight on Friday nights starting March 16. This is a return to Fridays for the cable network, which stopped airing original programming on the day in 2009. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Did you let your curiosity get the best of you and tune into ABC's Work It? Well, 6.1 million people did. The new comedy about two men who cross-dress in order to land jobs debuted with a 2.0 adult rating tucked between its legs. The numbers fell below those of the debut of the same timeslot's previous tenant, the now-canceled Man Up, but Work It couldn't take advantage of going up against a Glee repeat. This show won't be around long, so you might want to hold off on using it as an excuse to tell your wife that you wear her underwear. [EW]

... The Martha Stewart Show will air its last episode this April. Poor ratings forced The Hallmark Channel to cancel it. Martha will not take this sitting down, Hallmark. Watch your back. [NY Post]


DEVELOPMENT DEALS

... The CW has noticed that all its popular shows involve murders and spooks, so it's gone ahead and ordered a pilot for Cult, a mystery drama from Farscape creator Rockne S. O'Bannon that's produced by the Gossip Girl tandem of Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. It follows a young female assistant on a television show who teams up with a blogger (it's a totally legit job now, by the way) to investigate copycat murders that rip off crimes from the show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Roland Emmerich, the man who loves blowing up national monuments just for fun (he directed Independence Day and 2012), will write and direct a new pilot for ABC that honestly sounds completely outrageous. The untitled drama is set in New York City and centers on the 2012 presidential election. And there's also an astrophysics student that learns his destiny lies somewhere between Heaven and Hell. See? I told you it sounded weird. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Former late-night talker and Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten has sold a comedy to NBC. Married With Roommate is about a young married couple who moves into an apartment with their bachelor friend in San Francisco. I'm sure everything will go very smoothly. [Deadline Hollywood]


CAST AWAY

... Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights, the second-most famous Michael Jordan) will guest-star on House as *spins the Doctor or Patient Wheel* ... a patient! Look for him in Episode 14. [THR which doesn't make any mention of Jordan starring in The Wire, for shame!]

... Glee's Jonathan Groff (he plays Jesse St. James) will guest-star on an episode of The Good Wife. He'll play *spins the Lawyer or Plaintiff or Defendant Wheel* ... a plaintiff! Look for him later this month. [TV Line]

... Kim Kardashian will be guest-starring on Last Man Standing as *spins the Reasonable Human Being Who Deserves What She Has or Herself Wheel* ... herself! In an episode that's due to air in February, middle-daughter and reality fan Mandy will run into her. Unfortunately, not with her car. [TV Line]

... Every single girl I grew up with had a huge crush on Rick Springfield and fondly remembers seeing his bare ass in Hard to Hold. Well ladies, now he's all grown up and he looks like this! And I'm as handsome as a duck! Looks like you bet on the wrong horse, girls. Oh, and he's going to guest-star on Hot in Cleveland. [TV Guide]

... Jillian Michaels has been booted from her co-hosting gig on daytime health show The Doctors. The former Biggest Loser screamer/trainer "wasn't a good fit," said someone who is too nice to say she wasn't doctor-y enough. [NY Post]


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Everyone knows that where you move a show when you want it to die. Look what they did to Fringe. And now These shows will be on during Fringe. I don't play the TIVO crap, and I got rid of my VCR's.
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Work it was watchable, barely. Married with Roommate sounds promising.
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Anyone else think that USA are thinking "it's the last season of In Plain Sight and we probably won't renew Fairly Legal, so let's just stick them on a Friday and we'll start looking for their replacements!".

For In Plain Sight I don't think it matters too much, as it is the last season, but this could be a disaster for Fairly Legal. If I remember correctly it was on the bubble and only just got renewed - maybe season two is the closing arguments before the USA jury decide it's fate.
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I'm more concerned with Fairly Legal being pitted against Fringe and Supernatural. Hard time slot to compete in. I love all three of those shows. Guess I'll have to set up the DVR. In Plain Sight should do fine though.
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i wouldn't worry about that, since usa network tend to show encore of the esp later
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The show doesn't sound awesome but I'll watch anything from Rockne S. O'Bannon. The man gave us Farscape one of the best Sci Fi series of all time.
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Don't you love it whenever networks replace a comedy series that was honestly not so bad with something god awful? You're killing me, ABC.



The CW is finally back on the right track with ordering Cult. Eva Longoria's legal drama (*zzzzz*) and even that Sex and the City spin-off will most likely crash and burn.
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I love it.

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SyFy has Friday shows too, bur they moved most to earlier in the week leaving Sanctuary to sort of flounder there on its own.
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You also already missed the first season.
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I love Sarah Shahi. That is all.
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That wheel spinning is hilarious. I hope it becomes a recurring feature in your post's Tim, it's too good to lose.
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Yay, go Fridays!
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