sarah shahi gi 320 'Fairly Legal' gets a second season; Emily Mortimer may join Aaron Sorkin on HBOUSA has picked up its series “Fairly Legal” for a second season. The dramedy starring Sarah Shahi will return in early 2012 after averaging 4.6 million viewers in its first season [USA]

Speaking of USA, the cable channel’s Sunday shows “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “In Plain Sight” got off to solid starts over the weekend. “Criminal Intent” returned to an audience of 5.1 million people, way up from last season’s debut, while “In Plain Sight” drew 3.9 million viewers. [USA]

Emily Mortimer (“Shutter Island”) is in talks to star in Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO pilot about the cable-news business. She would play the executive producer of a show anchored by Jeff Daniels‘ character; Alison Pill and Olivia Munn are also joining the cast. [Deadline]

And still more from USA: At its upfront Monday it announced development on a dozen new series projects, including several half-hour comedies. Among the comedies are “On We Go,” starring Nathan Lane as a down-on-his-luck actor and “We the Jury,” about jurors sequestered during a high-profile case. [USA]

“NYPD Blue” and “L.A. Law” creator Steven Bochco is developing a drama called “Church of Rock” at Showtime. Details about the show are being kept secret for the time being; Bochco is co-writing a pilot with his “Over There” partner Chris Gerolmo. [Variety]

“Judge Judy” will be dishing out her televised brand of justice for several more years. The highly rated syndicated show has been renewed through the 2014-15 season. [EW]

Posted by:Rick Porter