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Ryan Johnson Joins USA Drama ‘Fairly Legal’ As New Regular

28 October 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Ryan Johnson (Ghost Rider) has joined USA Network’s drama Fairly Legal as a new regular for Season 2. On the series starring Sarah Shahi as lawyer-turned-mediator Kate Reed, Johnson will play Ben Grogan, a sharp, up-and-coming trial attorney with a knack for making money. He sees no shame in having been “that lawyer guy on the bus ads” and is completely unafraid to speak truth to power, or anyone else for that matter. Fairly Legal, from Universal Cable Prods, is undergoing creative changes going into Season 2, including a new showrunner, Peter Ocko, who replaced creator Michael Sardo. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Carrie-Anne Moss Joins NBC's 'Chuck' As Recurring

29 July 2011 11:54 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

For a second straight season, the producers of NBC's Chuck have recruited the female star of an iconic action sci-fi movie for a major recurring role. Last year it was The Terminator's Linda Hamilton, this year it's The Matrix's Carrie-Anne Moss. She will play a love interest/foil for John Casey (Adam Baldwin). More from our sister site TVLine, which has the story. Moss most recently starred in Lifetime's Michael Sardo pilot, which is not going forward. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Meet Jane', Carrie-Anne Moss pilot dropped by Lifetime

27 July 2011 4:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lifetime has declined to pick up two in-development pilots to series. Both Meet Jane and an untitled project from Fairly Legal creator Michael Sardo failed to impress executives, according to Deadline. Meet Jane, written by Criminal Minds scribe Andi Bushell, starred Molly Parker as Jane, a woman who is forced to spy on her husband when he is suspected of leaking information to Russia. The project, which also starred 24 actor Rick Schroder as Jane's husband, was originally picked up to pilot in October last year. (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Lifetime drops 'Meet Jane', Carrie-Anne Moss pilot

27 July 2011 4:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lifetime has declined to pick up two in-development pilots to series. Both Meet Jane and an untitled project from Fairly Legal creator Michael Sardo failed to impress executives, according to Deadline. Meet Jane, written by Criminal Minds scribe Andi Bushell, starred Molly Parker as Jane, a woman who is forced to spy on her husband when he is suspected of leaking information to Russia. The project, which also starred 24 actor Rick Schroder as Jane's husband, was originally picked up to pilot in October last year. (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Lifetime's Pilots 'Meet Jane' & Untitled Michael Sardo Not Going Forward

27 July 2011 12:55 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Lifetime has quietly passed on its remaining two pilots, Meet Jane and the untitled Michael Sardo project. Of the five pilots ordered under new Lifetime president and general manager Nancy Dubuc, two, Against the Wall and Exit 19, were picked up to series in February. Back then, Lifetime passed on the untitled Josh Berman pilot while keeping Meet Jane in consideration with some retooling and proceeding with production on the fifth pilot, the untitled Michael Sardo drama starring Carrie-Anne Moss. Now those two pilots also are not going forward, leaving the two cop dramas as the only series to come out of Lifetime's first batch of pilots ordered under the new regime. (Though they were developed under Evp Entertainment JoAnn Alfano, who left Lifetime in March and was replaced by A&E executive Robert Sharenow.) Meet Jane was written by Andi Bushell. She executive produced it with Mark Pedowitz, who has »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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‘Fairly Legal’ Creator Steps Down, Peter Ocko Steps In As New Showrunner

20 May 2011 4:44 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

The USA network promised changes would occur with Fairly Legal prior to season two and the first big one came Friday afternoon. The show’s creator Michael Sardo stepped down as executive producer and showrunner. Peter Ocko, executive producer of Pushing Daisies and co-executive producer of The Office last season will step into both roles for the second season. Sardo may have a future role on the show but right now Sardo is working on the Normal pilot, a high-profile for the Lifetime network.

While numbers were good in its rookie season, averaging 4.6 million total viewers in Live+7, Fairly Legal failed to pin down its identity as a serious drama light-hearted comedy. Sarah Shahi was an instant star and was a big reason for the network to pick up a second season despite Fairly Legal failing to catch on with viewers in the same speed as White Collar, Burn Notice and Monk in the past. »

- Ernie Estrella

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'Fairly Legal' Creator Michael Sardo Steps Down, Peter Ocko Tapped As Showrunner

20 May 2011 1:37 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Fairly Legal creator Michael Sardo has stepped down as executive producer and showrunner of the USA Network dramedy. Former Pushing Daisies executive producer Peter Ocko has been tapped as the new exec producer/showrunner on the series for its upcoming second season. The changeover is part of USA's plan for creative changes on Fairly Legal going into Season 2. When USA recently renewed the freshman series, the network's co-president Jeff Wachtel indicated that the decision was based on the show's appealing star, Sarah Shahi, and its potential but noted that there is room for improvement. "We think there is a creative and audience upside to the show," Wachtel said back then. "Not every first season is the best, and we think it is a show that can do better." While a solid performer -- Fairly Legal launched as the top new cable drama of the year in adults 18-49 and »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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USA Gives Fairly Legal Another Season–But Expect Changes

3 May 2011 6:24 AM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Cables top-rated network, USA had their upfronts yesterday and co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber announced that they will renew Fairly Legal for a second season after a solid debut season. During the Thursday night 10Pm time slot, the legal drama/comedy starring Sarah Shahi averaged 4.6 million total viewers in Live+7 day ratings.

Fairly Legal is about Kate Reed (Shahi) a top lawyer at her father’s firm in San Francisco who has an ethical conflict with what she does for a living. Kate decides instead to switch and become a mediator, but when her father dies and leaves the firm to his wife, Kate’s stepmother, played by Virginia Williams, in charge. Michael Trucco and Baron Vaughn also star on the show as Kate’s ex-husband/assistant District Attorney of San Francisco Justin Patrick and her assistant Leonardo.

Shahi became an instant draw for the network displaying great talent and beauty, »

- Ernie Estrella

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USA's 'Fairly Legal' Renewed For Season 2, Will Undergo Creative Changes

2 May 2011 12:37 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

USA is keeping its streak of renewing every new series alive with a second-season pickup for Fairly Legal. The top cable network will make the announcement at its upfront presentation in New York later today. Production on 13 new episodes will begin in late summer for a premiere in the first quarter of 2012. While a solid performer -- Fairly Legal launched as the top new cable drama of the year in adults 18-49 and has averaged a 4.6 million total viewers in Live+7 -- the legal dramedy has not been a breakout series like most of USA's recent entries. The renewal decision was made based on the show's appealing star, Sarah Shahi, and its potential, USA's co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber said. "We think there is a creative and audience upside to the show," Wachtel said. "Not every first season is the best, and we think it is a show that can do better. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Alphas Leads The Pack In SyFy’s New Wave of Original Programming

23 March 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

As part of SyFy’s largest original programming in the network’s eighteen-year history, SyFy will premiere four scripted dramas this coming July beginning with brand new show, Alphas, leading the pack. July is packed with the return of summer scripted dramas Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Haven.

Check out the official description for Alphas and take a whiff at what SyFy is cooking in terms of scripted dramas and reality TV in development. With Stargate Universe and Caprica off the table, the network is sure keen on developing programming that expands the scope of what we’re used to at SyFy. Looking at ratings for the first quarter of 2011, the network has experienced a 17% increase in adults 18-34 and 13% in total viewers with the launch of new shows, Being Human and Face-Off.

At least the BSG story doesn’t stop with Caprica. SyFy is still developing Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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'Fairly Legal': Sarah Shahi finds Richard Dean Anderson 'lovely' and 'a little weird'

15 February 2011 3:02 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Since the beginning of the freshman USA Network comedy-drama "Fairly Legal," San Francisco-based mediator Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi) has been coping with the loss of her father and legal mentor.

Her grieving process took a surprising twist at the end of episode two. The reading of the late Teddy Reed's will revealed that, while three-quarters of his estate went to, in equal measure, Kate and her brother, Spencer (Ethan Embry), and their stepmother, Lauren (Virginia Wiliams), the remaining one-quarter went to an unknown someone named David Smith.

In "The Two Richards," the episode airing Thursday, February 17, Kate and the show's fans get to meet David Smith -- played by "MacGyver" and "Stargate Sg-1" star Richard Dean Anderson.

This marks Anderson's first appearance on the show; he will be in a total of three episodes.

"We wanted someone," series creator Michael Sardo tells Zap2it, "who would, in a short amount of screen time, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Esai Morales on Fairly Legal, Brian Markinson & Zak Santiago to Blood & Chrome

8 February 2011 3:42 PM, PST | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

There is a new story up at Beginning of Line and this time it comes with really cool opening credits. You can check it out here: Safe Journey: Hypatian's Bluff. It was written by Beginning of Line editor Teresa Jusino.

There are also a couple of new interviews, one with Rhesa Sealy (Twitter) who wrote the last two installments of "Caprica: Season 2," and the other with Juanita Martinez (Twitter), fan artist and author of "Prototype."

A new week of Caprica auctions started yesterday. The new items are on Ebay.

Battlestar Galactica Online has been launched today. You can read the full press release at The Futon Critic. Here is a snippet:

Based on the internationally popular Syfy television series produced by Universal Cable Productions, Battlestar Galactica Online is a free-to-play, browser-based space combat Mmog that combines high-quality, 3D graphics with intense gameplay. Following a successful closed beta period that »

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TV Castings: Ben Schwartz, Sherri Shepherd, Jeffrey Nordling Join Pilots

24 January 2011 6:08 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Undercovers standout Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson have been tapped to co-star opposite Don Cheadle in the Showtime dark comedy pilot House of Lies. The View co-star Sherri Shepherd is set to co-star opposite Christine Taylor in TV Land's untitled Terri Minsky comedy pilot, David Alan Basche (Lipstick Jungle) has come onboard the untitled Mike Reisman comedy pilot for TV Land, while Desperate Housewives alum Jeffrey Nordling has joined Lifetime's untitled Michael Sardo drama pilot starring Carrie-Anne Moss. Showtime's House of Lies, written by Matthew Carnahan based on the book by Martin Kihn, centers on Marty (Cheadle), a self-loathing highly successful management consultant from a top-tier firm who is never above using any means necessary to get his clients the information they want. Wme-repped Schwartz will play a member of Marty's team and his closest friend. Lawson (Romantically Challenged) will play Marty's Harvard-educated associate. TV Land's untitled Terri Minsky »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Best. Gay. Week. Ever! Who Wants to Be a Baby Daddy?

20 January 2011 10:04 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Which Came First — The Chicken Or The Gay Dad?

Last week Out magazine published the results of their Love and Sex Survey and one of the most notable results was the very large generation gap between gay men on the subjects of gay marriage and having children.

While only 51% of those aged 36 to 45 want to get married, 80% of those 18 to 25 want to do so. The gap is even bigger when it comes to having children. While a whopping 70% of those under the age of 25 want little bundles of joy, only 31% of those over 25 are interested in changing diapers. Even though this is Out's first time doing this survey, I'd wager that even ten years ago, the gap wouldn't have been nearly so large.

Coincidentally — or not — this week saw the debut of USA's Fairly Legal, yet another show which includes an out gay man who is a dad. This comes »

- Michael Jensen

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Fairly Legal TV Review And Sarah Shahi Interview

20 January 2011 11:05 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

USA has a real curiosity on its hands. Coming to you tonight is a new show, Fairly Legal, and what's curious about it is that I'm not in love with it yet. As you may now, I'm a big fan of everything USA has out there (though White Collar distanced itself from me with that last episode), and their new shows usually have me hooked long before I even get a chance to see them. I'm willing to give this one a chance, even though the first few episodes are rather rough, but just the fact that I'm not already completely invested makes it USA's poorest showings in quite a while.

Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi - The L Word, Life) has a fairly complicated life, and she's made her goal to remove the complications from the lives of others. She's a mediator. Recently a litigator (the show description says, "top litigator, »

- Marc Eastman

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From Show Choir to Ballsy Mediator: Meet Fairly Legal's Sarah Shahi

19 January 2011 9:38 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Fairly Legal creator and executive producer Michael Sardo remembers exactly when he realized he had found his leading lady.

"I had seen 90 women when Sarah Shahi came in. When the casting director pulled out a pretend gun in the audition scene, they all backed up," Sardo tells TVGuide.com.  "Sarah's audition started, the casting director pulled out the fake gun, and she leaned in. Right then and there, I knew she was Kate."

Fearlessness was an important prerequisite for the role of mediator Kate Reed, the center of USA's new drama, Fairly Legal. After the sudden death of her father, both her mentor and best friend, Kate agrees to work for her difficult stepmother (Virginia Williams) to help keep her father's law firm afloat. When she's not settling disputes for bitter divorcees and powerful CEOs, Kate is also still dealing with her split from...

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- Kate Stanhope

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Fairly Legal Creator Previews New Series

8 January 2011 6:37 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Fairly Legal comes to both the USA network, and TV Fanatic, on January 20.

We'll be covering this series in depth, posting details recaps, reviews, photos and quotes every week. The show stars Sarah Shahi as Kate Reed, a mediator in San Francisco.

Why a mediator and not a lawyer? And why San Francisco? Creator Michael Sardo tackled these questions in a recent conference call.

Why make Kate a mediator?

There are no rules; it’s all about the personality of the mediator.  I thought that makes for very interesting drama.

I mean, it’s scary in a way.  As I said earlier, essentially the show is two people have a conflict, put them in a room, close the door, send in Kate Reed, and I just thought that was a great fundamental challenge for a dramatist of how do you make something happen with that. 

Why is the show set in San Francisco? »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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