USA Network renews ‘Fairly Legal,’ announces projects in development

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The USA Network announced Monday the renewal of ‘Fairly Legal’ for a second season and a new slate of programs in development.

“Fairly Legal,” an hourlong dramedy that centers on mediator Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi), will return with 13 episodes. Production begins this summers and is expected to premiere in 2012.


Meanwhile, the network’s slate of new programs in development includes five comedies, one of which stars Nathan Lane. Other projects are connected with Mark Gordon (‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Criminal Minds’) and former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi (“American Idol”).

A look at the projects in development:


“M. Deity” centers on a doctor who fights hospital bureaucracy post-Hurricane Katrina.

“The Special” focuses on an optimistic LAPD homicide detective who suffers from hypomania. Gordon will serve as an executive producer.

“Silent Partner” chronicles the relationship between an ambulance-chasing attorney and his idealistic young paralegal. He is based in Florida, while she’s in India.

“Winslow” centers on Jimmy Winslow, a private detective who is a recovering alcoholic with “loads” of debt, an imprisoned father and an ex-girlfriend he’s trying to win back.

“Hard Cover” follows an undercover operative who teams with a middle-aged mom.

“Regular Einstein” revolves around the Duncans, a family of geniuses with three siblings at the top of their academic fields. Younger sibling Einstein isn’t a genius but is a good cop, and with their help he may become a great detective. “Burn Notice’s” Nick Thiel will write and be the executive producer.

“The Exceptions” centers on a recently jailed debutante daughter of the New York City mayor who uses her resources to solve cases that may have slipped through the cracks.



“On We Go” sees Nathan Lane starring as an unlucky actor whose career is cursed by the fact that he resembles, but isn’t, Nathan Lane.

“Big in Japan” follows a washed-up boy band that decides to reunite 20 years after a catastrophic concert. DioGuardi serves as a consulting producer.

“We the Jury” centers on a group of jurors sequestered during a high-profile celebrity murder trial.

“TGIM” takes a glimpse at the suburban cul-de-sac over a weekend, where kid-crazed parents actually look forward to Mondays.

“House of Cards” centers on a recent college graduate who looks for love and has a successful writing career at a greeting card company.


‘The Enclave,’ a limited series, centers on a family that moves far from its hometown and discovers nothing is what it seems in the new community.

— Yvonne Villarreal