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'Fairly Legal' Canceled by USA Network

1 November 2012 5:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

One day after USA Network officially axed Common Law, it has canceled Fairly Legal. Fairly Legal, starring Sarah Shahi as mediator Kate Reed, aired for two seasons on USA after debuting in January 2011. The sophomore run ended in June with a season finale that averaged 2.5 million viewers. Shahi has already landed a major recurring gig on sister network NBC's firefighter drama Chicago Fire. Fairly Legal, created by Michael Sardo, also starred Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams and Baron Vaughn. Prior to the launch of season two, the series tapped Peter Ocko as new showrunner and introduced a new

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'Fairly Legal': Sarah Shahi is back for Season 2 - what did you think of the 'creative changes'?

16 March 2012 8:57 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When USA renewed "Fairly Legal" for a second season, they replaced showrunner Michael Sardo with Peter Ocko and decided to make some "creative changes," which entailed focusing more on the core characters than the mediation of the week, making it more of a character study than a legal procedural.

In the Season 2 premiere, it's hard to say whether those changes were readily apparent. On the one hand, there were some wonderful story arcs introduced that will play out all season - Reed & Reed being in trouble financially and bringing in a new partner, Justin deciding to challenge his current (awful) boss for the District Attorney's job, Justin's infidelity confession.

However, a large portion of the episode was still dominated by the case of the week, with Kate playing Nancy Drew instead of mediating. We're not criticizing - it was an interesting case and any time Michael Hogan gets punched by John Aylward, »


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