USA Cancels ‘Fairly Legal,’ Renews ‘Burn Notice’
USA’s Fairly Legal will not be returning for a third season. The network has decided not to continue with the series, which stars Sarah Shahi as Kate Reed, a young lawyer turned mediator in San Francisco.
USA tried to turn the show around after a disappointing first season, giving it a second season renewal based on Shahi’s appeal and its potential. The showrunners were changed and the cast was tweaked in an effort to help the show perform better. The changes weren’t enough, however, for the network to grant it another renewal.
Fairly Legal started its second season with 3.5 million viewers but dropped to 2.5 million by the season’s end. Shahi had also recently accepted a recurring role on NBC’s Chicago Fire. USA congratulated the actress and thanked her for work on Fairy Legal.
“Sarah Shahi is undoubtedly a star and we’re thrilled she’ll be joining our sister network NBC on Chicago Fire,” USA told Deadline in a statement. “We are proud of Fairly Legal and thank the very talented cast and crew for two fantastic seasons.”
Fairly Legal joins freshman series Common Law, which was also recently canceled. The fate of Necessary Roughness has still yet to be determined.
The network is nearing the finalization of a deal to renew Burn Notice for a 13-episode seventh season. Bruce Campbell, who plays Sam Axe on the show, said he thinks the show’s seventh season should be its last.
“Seven would be perfect,” Campbell said. “Once you get to eight, people want too much money, people get tired and get crabby. You’re going to lose an actor… some guy is going to hold out for too much money. It always gets complicated.”
Campbell said, if the cast knew the seventh season would be the last, they would be able to “gear [themselves] toward that.”
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