TV Tidbits: ‘Fairly Legal’ is Legally Cancelled, Brendan Fraser Exits TNT Pilot


tv tidbitsIt’s tidbits time, America! And there’s loads to learn, know, see, and read on this, the day after Halloween. Spooky, scary! It’s like a werewolf bar mitzvah, but not really. Let’s get to reading, shall we?

Fairly Legal Will Not Get Third Season: USA has decided to not renew sophomore Fairly Legal after attempts at revamping the series. Network heads gave the show a second-season renewal based on the likability of the show’s star, Sarah Shahi, but stressed that the show needed to improve. After no results, even with a showrunner change and casting tweaks on the show, the series ended its second season down 1 million viewers—from 3.5 million viewers to 2.5 million—and that was something USA just couldn’t ignore. Don’t worry too much about Shahi, though: she’s already booked a reoccurring gig on Chicago Fire. And USA is about to renew Burn Notice for a seventh season, so everyone is doing just fine. [Deadline]

It’s Seventh Heaven on Scandal: Remember Stephen Collins, the priestly dad from the popular family-friendliest show ever, Seventh Heaven? Well apparently he’s ready to have himself a bit of a Scandal, as he’s recently lined himself up a guest-starring role on the show as a reporter in an upcoming Season 2 episode. [TVLine]

ABC Relocating with Hollywood & Vines: ABC has its eyes set on another, Revenge-esque show. The network has given a script order to Hollywood & Vines, a murder-mystery set in (duh) Hollywood, from writer/director Michael Tolkin and Revenge‘s current producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. The new soapy drama series will revolve around three sisters from a dynastic Hollywood family. Their lives are forever changed when they all discover that they’re connected to an A-list actress who turns up dead in a pool. Murder! Intrigue! Mystery! Drama! [THR]

Hello Ladies, Says HBO: HBO has given an eight-episode series order to co-writer/director/star Stephen Merchant‘s comedy pilot, Hello Ladies. The project, co-written with former The Office writer/producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, stars Merchant as an awkward and out-of-touch Englishman on a quest to find the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles—someone he imagines lives in glamorous world of beautiful people he so desperately wants to infiltrate. The pilot co-starred Christine Woods, Nate Torrence and Kevin Weisman. [Deadline]

Brendan Fraser Is No Longer a Legends: Well, that was quick. After recently announcing he would be starring in the project, Brendan Fraser has bowed out of the TNT series. Citing creative differences with showrunner Howard Gordon about the direction of his character, a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum—who has an apparently uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job (Dollhouse, anyone?)—the exit is being described as an amicable one. [Variety]

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