'Fairly Legal' Creator Michael Sardo Steps Down as Showrunner

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"Fairly Legal"

Peter Ocko has been tapped as his replacement.

USA Network’s latest dramedy Fairly Legal may be returning for a second season, but behind the scenes, things will look very different.

Creator and executive producer Michael Sardo, who is also working on a Lifetime pilot starring Carrie-Ann Moss, has stepped down as showrunner for the upcoming season of Fairly Legal, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Instead the series, which stars Sarah Shahi as a mediator, will be run by The Office’s co-executive producer Peter Ocko when it returns for its 13-episode run next year. Ocko also served as an exec producer on Pushing Daisies.

Legal averaged 3.6 million total viewers in its first season.

The studio behind the show, Universal Cable Productions, is currently in negotiations with Sardo about his future role.

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