Published on May 20th, 2011 | by Ernie Estrella2
‘Fairly Legal’ Creator Steps Down, Peter Ocko Steps In As New Showrunner
The USA network promised changes would occur with Fairly Legal prior to season two and the first big one came Friday afternoon. The show’s creator Michael Sardo stepped down as executive producer and showrunner. Peter Ocko, executive producer of Pushing Daisies and co-executive producer of The Office last season will step into both roles for the second season. Sardo may have a future role on the show but right now Sardo is working on the Normal pilot, a high-profile for the Lifetime network.
While numbers were good in its rookie season, averaging 4.6 million total viewers in Live+7, Fairly Legal failed to pin down its identity as a serious drama light-hearted comedy. Sarah Shahi was an instant star and was a big reason for the network to pick up a second season despite Fairly Legal failing to catch on with viewers in the same speed as White Collar, Burn Notice and Monk in the past. Deadline broke the news.