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Fairly Legal picked up for season 2

Per TV By The Numbers we have a Season 2!

USA is keeping its streak of renewing every new series alive with a second series 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.” He didn’t elaborate but I hear the network is planning changes in the series’ creative direction for Season 2. McCumber singled out the series’ “breakout star,” Shahi, and defended its ratings performance, noted that the series did well against stiff competition in the Thursday 10 PM time slot. Created by Michael Sardo, Fairly Legal centers on mediator Kate Reed (Shahi). It co-stars Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams and Baron Vaughn. Sardo is exec producing with Steve Stark for Universal Cable Prods.

New “Fairly Legal” Episode Stills

I’ve updated the Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery with 6 new episode stills for 105, next week’s episode.

Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery > Television > Fairly Legal > 105 Episode Stills

Sarah to be on Jimmy Kimmel Feb 1

Set the DVR’s Sarah is going to be on Jimmy Kimmel on Feb 1!

“Fairly Legal” has fairly decent debut

U.S. cable network USA’s latest new series “Fairly Legal” with Sarah Shahi launched last night.

Luring in 3.9 million viewers for its Thursday debut, “Legal” was below the network’s averages for a series premiere, though none of its original scripted shows have ever launched in mid-January. In that sense, “Legal” was the guinea pig.

Expectations were kept in check for “Legal’s” premiere, considering the wealth of television available to viewers (and MTV’s record-setting telecast of “Jersey Shore”) on Thursdays, and USA noted that its numbers were well within range.

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Sarah Shahi moves on from “The L Word” and “Life” to “Fairly Legal”

Sarah Shahi’s hot — but you already knew that. Here’s what you might not know: She stars in a new legal drama on the USA Network, Fairly Legal (formerly Facing Kate) on which she abandons her gig at her father’s law firm after his death in favor of a gig as a mediator. sat down with the former L Word actress to get the dish on Fairly Legal’s Kate Reed and how she’d mediate Shane and Carmen’s problems. What attracted you to this character?
Sarah Shahi: When I first auditioned for it, I was on Life and that was something where though I was the female lead I did not have any creative input. I didn’t have any kind of say and I wanted to change that for this show. When I went in to test, basically I told the producers: “Look, if you guys want me in this, I would love to do it. But here are the conditions: I want to have a say in the character and casting and I want to be more than just an actor for hire.” I basically gave them every reason not to hire me. It turns out they loved it and that’s exactly what they wanted to hear.

After Ellen sits down with Sarah Shahi

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