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TV Junkie: Interviews with Cast of 'Fairly Legal'; Night of the Long Knives at Fox

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Last week we spoke with the cast of the USA Network's "Fairly Legal" at the network's upfront presentations in New York City. Above we have the star of the series, Sarah Shahi, who plays Kate Reed, a lawyer-turned-mediator based in San Francisco who gets fired from her father's firm and must make it on her own. Below, just before the Must-Watch Plan and the listings, we have fellow castmates Virginia Williams, Michael Trucco, and Baron Vaughn. [Check out yesterday's post withJames Roday and Dulé Hill from "Psych," and Monday's post with the cast of the new series "Necessary Roughness."]
Starting at around 8pm last night Twitter began lighting up with reports of shows being cancelled by Fox. One after another were reportedly getting the ax and when the carnage was over, "Breaking In," "Lie to Me," "The Chicago Code," "Human Target," and "Traffic Light" were no more. It was a kind of Spring cleaning that probably took off some skin along with the dirt as some of these shows had developed a fan base that will hold a grudge against the network. On the one hand it's admirable when a network bites the bullet and trims away things that aren't working which is definitely the case with "Lie To Me," but on the other hand, you can't say that these other shows had any chance to get their sea legs and adjust once they began airing. Something has to be done about the broadcast network executive attitude that a show has to be a hit out of the gate.

I'll have to admit that I wasn't a fan of "Human Target" but I know people who were; I thought "Lie To Me" was a good show when Shawn Ryan was running it; the few episodes of "Breaking In" that have aired seemed a little 'off' but who says it couldn't have turned into a good show; the same goes for "The Chicago Code" and "Traffic Light" - they had the bones of a good show and could have turned into something great. Last night's experience makes me appreciate networks like FX and AMC who put out innovative shows and stick with them in spite of what Nielsen says.
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More Videos of "Fairly Legal" Cast:

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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "Modern Family," "Breaking In," "Happy Endings," "Workaholics," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (Albert Brooks), "Conan" (Jon Hamm, Ke$ha), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actor Keith Richards; actor Paul Bettany; Jennifer Hudson and Jakob Dylan perform)

7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Computers, Actor Michael Rosenbaum.

9:00pm Modern Family ABC - Phil and Claire shock the kids by switching parenting roles for a day; Jay gives advice to an entrepreneur about his dog-training business; Cameron has the flu, leaving Mitchell to decide what to do with their Lady Gaga tickets.

9:00pm MythBusters Discovery - Blow Your Own Sail Kari, Grant and Tory try to propel a sailboat that is adrift with a fan.

9:30pm Cougar Town ABC - Jules and Bobby don't know what to do when Travis gets his heart broken; Grayson stands up to Jules; Andy's flirty sister-in-law (Nia Vardalos) visits.

9:30pm Breaking In Fox - After the team botches a mission, Oz locks them all in the office over the weekend to teach them a lesson; Cameron's feelings for Melanie become known; Cash is jealous of Josh.

9:55pm Happy Endings ABC - Dave and Alex regret their his-and-her tattoos now that they are no longer a couple; Jane thinks Max is passing on a perfect guy; Brad takes a stand against a bad waiter.

10:00pm South Park Comedy Central - Ike is obsessed with the Canadian royal wedding.

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10:00pm Top Chef Masters Bravo - I'm With the Band The cheftestants become the judges; Maroon 5 drops by and challenges the chefs to create a feast fit for a rock star.

10:30pm Happy Endings ABC - Dave is ecstatic when his high school teacher (Rob Huebel) turns up; Max takes action when a big coffee chain moves next to Alex's shop.

10:30pm Workaholics Comedy Central - The guys go on strike after Alice refuses to give them time off for a fake holiday called Half-Christmas.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Albert Brooks guests

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jon Hamm; Ke$ha.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - TV journalist Keith Olbermann; author Chaz Bono; Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs perform.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Dick Van Dyke; reality-TV stars Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom; Steve Earle performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Nick Cannon; "Dancing With the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli; Musiq Soulchild performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Chris O'Donnell; actress Ginnifer Goodwin; Zac Brown Band performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Tim Meadows; Colin Hay performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Keith Richards; actor Paul Bettany; Jennifer Hudson and Jakob Dylan perform.