USA Cancels ‘Common Law,’ ‘Fairly Legal,’ ‘Political Animals’

by | November 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM | TV News

Michael Ealy (left) and Warren Kole in "Common Law" (Photo: USA Network)

UPDATE: USA Network confirmed Friday that the limited-run summer miniseries “Political Animals,” which starred Sigourney Weaver in a Clinton-esque tale, will not move forward and evolve into a regular series, as the network had originally hoped. The critically acclaimed series from Greg Berlanti didn’t have terrible ratings, but they also weren’t strong enough to justify a second season due to the high-priced production, says Deadline.

“Fairly Legal” has been cancelled, with USA announcing Thursday it won’t be renewing the drama for a third season. The show’s star Sarah Shahi has already lined up her next gig.

“Sarah Shahi is undoubtedly a star and we’re thrilled she’ll be joining our sister network NBC on ‘Chicago Fire’,” USA said in a statement, according to Deadline. “We are proud of Fairly Legal and thank the very talented cast and crew for two fantastic seasons.”

One show that won’t be getting burned is one of the network’s faves — “Burn Notice” is expected to be renewed for a seventh season with an order for 13 new episodes, says Deadline, although the deal is not yet finalized.

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Case closed. “Common Law” has been cancelled by the USA Network after one season.

The cops-in-couples-therapy series starring Michael Ealy and Warren Kole suffered poor ratings in its Fridays at 10/9c time slot.

The series’ cancellation was confirmed by network exec Ted Linhart on Twitter:

“I can confirm to those who have asked that we are not renewing Common Law. Thanks to all the fans who watched and expressed their support.”

USA has not yet decided the fates of two other “on-the-bubble” series, the summer miniseries “Political Animals” and “Fairly Legal” (but the consensus is it doesn’t look good).

But the cable network’s biggest hits have been renewed, with the announcement Wednesday that “Suits,” “White Collar,” and “Necessary Roughness” will return in January with new episodes to brighten up the winter programming slate. Get those premiere dates here.