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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