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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/3/11

It’s Thursday, and while my baby boy is still baking, at least I have some great television to distract me in the meantime. Let’s see what you should be watching.

Megan’s Choice

I knew when I visited the set of Fairly Legal this past summer that they had found something special with this show. Now that it’s a few episodes in, I’m positive. The cast is fabulous, and they all work well together.

On tonight’s episode, a big client of Reed & Reed’s asks Kate to mediate a simple financial matter — which quickly morphs into a case of identity theft, before escalating to an immigration issue, where Kate must defend a brave soldier against a rigid Homeland Security prosecutor. Peter MacNicol (Numb3rs, Grey’s Anatomy, Ally McBeal) guest stars.

Tune in to USA at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Fairly Legal @ Clicker.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/3/11

Still cold. Great TV tonight. That’s all.

Jenny’s Choice

Only two episodes have aired of USA’s new drama, Fairly Legal, but I’m really really enjoying it so far. I haven’t found any character so far that I hate, which is a nice change, and some (like Kate and her assistant) that I love. I love the dynamic between Kate and her lawyer ex-husband, played by Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica — check out our interview), and I hope to see even more between the two.

On tonight’s episode, a judge that dislikes Kate puts her in charge of settling a case between angry parents and a high school coach who is allegedly too rough on his athletes, but after watchign the video evidence, Kate learns the true reasons behind his actions.

Don’t miss tonight’s new episode on USA at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Fairly Legal @ Clicker.

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Interview with Michael Trucco from Fairly Legal

Michael Trucco, who played Anders on Battlestar Galactica and now plays ADA Justin Patrick on USA’s Fairly Legal, recently spoke to the press about his new role.

Fairly Legal centers on Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi), a top litigator frustrated with the endless bureaucracy and daily injustices of the system, who takes a hard left to become the ultimate anti-lawyer: a mediator. Using her knowledge of the law, along with her savvy, intuition and a whatever-it-takes approach to resolving conflict, Kate finds the middle ground for a wide variety of adversaries — from Fortune 500 corporations to bitter divorces. After the sudden death of her father, she finds herself at odds with the new boss, her stepmother Lauren Reed (Virginia Williams)…and in bed with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Justin Patrick (Trucco), a top gun in the DA’s office. Helping her keep all of this chaos at bay is her trusted, geek-chic assistant Leonardo (Baron Vaughn).

Check out the great answers to some of the questions below!

On how he got involved with the show and what drew him to the character

I guess the process was a little over a year ago. I had just finished completing work on Battlestar Galactica. You know, that series came to an end. I was looking for work and for another show and to get into another project. I liked the idea of Fairly Legal being 180° turnaround. That’s the complete departure from the tone of a show like Battlestar Galactica and that was attractive to me.

I think it’s important for an actor to look for diversity in their roles, and I like the idea of playing a human being, for one. I like the tone of the show, the light-hearted, the dramady so to speak and the character interests me. I’m a son of a police officer, and so the aspect of law and prosecution interests me greatly.

I was looking for a departure from the character of Anders. I was looking for something to do that was going to be a polar opposite. Coming off a show that was so … in popular culture and was so identifiable as Battlestar Galactica and Anders, I think it was important to do something a little different, just so I didn’t get pigeonholed into one character-type. I have absolutely no disrespect to the character of Anders and the series (Battlestar), but just as an actor, you need to look for some diversity. I’ll always hold that character dear in my heart. I just wanted to do something that was different, play a human being, play something contemporary and to have kind of a light tone to it. And this came along and it just felt like the right fit.

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Live Video Webchat with Sarah Shahi from Fairly Legal

In lieu of a Remote post today, because there isn’t a whole lot on, we wanted to give you all the opportunity to do a live video webchat with Sarah Shahi, star of USA’s new drama, Fairly Legal. Sarah will be on to answer questions from fans via text and video at 7/6c (4:00 PST). Please join us and other fans from across the net to talk to Sarah about her new show! Also, a special thanks to Mark (@theanticritic) for contributing this week. He’s been great!

In case the above video doesn’t work, you can also find the webchat at USA.com.

By the way, if we HAD done the Remote post for tonight, Megan would have recommended Kitchen Nightmares on FOX at 8/7c, Mark would have recommended Fringe at 9/8c, also on FOX. Lisa was going to sit out, since she doesn’t watch anything on tonight, and my choice would have been the new comedy on CMT at 8/7c, called Working Class and it looks like it should hopefully be pretty funny. Check them out!

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/27/11

Being unable to get to sleep sucks. Like, really. It means that no matter how hard I try and stay awake through the day, I inevitably crash around lunchtime, sleeping until dinner. Ugh. There goes my day. On a good note, I’ll be wide awake for TV tonight!

Jenny’s Choice

I was so excited about last week’s series premiere of the new USA drama, Fairly Legal, and I gotta say, it didn’t disappoint. Sarah Shahi was fantastic in her role in the NBC drama, Life, but this new show gives her the opportunity to try out her comedic chops, and she does it brilliantly. Her character, Kate Reed, is a tough, street smart, ballsy, but good, caring mediator, and last week’s episode gave us the opportunity to see her work under extreme circumstances. The rest of the cast is good so far, too, including Baron Vaughn (who plays Leonardo, her assistant), who is a stand up comic who has starred on Broadway, Michael Trucco (as Justin Patrick, her D.A. ex-husband), who was great on Battlestar Galactica, and last but not least, Virginia Williams (as Lauren Reed, Kate’s stepmother). Kate’s father died before we begin the show, and in the premiere, Kate is still dealing with the effects of his recent passing.

On tonight’s episode, Kate mediates a settlement between the State of California and an innocent man who was wrongfully imprisoned for over two decades, but while she tries to put a price on lost time, the freed man puts himself in a mental prison.

Don’t miss the new episode tonight of what is sure to be another hit on the USA Network at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Fairly Legal @ Clicker.

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