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‘Political Animals’: Cancelled After Six-Episode Run

Political Animals is  cancelled

Another one bites the dust.

USA Network has chosen not order more episodes of Greg Berlanti’s “Political Animals.”

The network said in a statement, “We are proud of “Political Animals,” our miniseries that attracted critical acclaim and impacted the cultural conversation this summer. It was a pleasure to work with Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark and a powerful cast led by Sigourney Weaver. We look forward to collaborating again with these immensely talented creatives.”

Berlanti shared a statement via twitter, saying “Political Animals” is “one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. The cast, the crew, writers, studio and USA were all a dream to work with. We all got to make what we set out to. Couldn’t be more proud!”

The miniseries political drama starring Sigourney Weaver, is the latest series to be cancelled by USA Network; “Common Law” and ‘Fairly Legal” were cancelled earlier this week.

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‘Fairly Legal’ Cancelled After Two Seasons

Fairly Legal Cancelled

“Fairly Legal” has been cancelled. USA network has dropped the series after two seasons.

‘Suits,’ ‘White Collar’ & ‘Necessary Roughness’ Return Dates Announced

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

Shahi has booked a multi-episode arc on “Chicago Fire as Renee, Taylor Kinney’s Lt. Kelly Severide’s love interest.

Fellow USA’s drama ‘Common Law” has also been cancelled.

USA Renews ‘White Collar’ ‘Royal Pains And ‘Covert Affairs’

White Collar, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs Renewed

USA’s summer drama series “White Collar,” “Royal Pains” and “Covert Affairs” have been renewed, the cable network announced today.

“Royal Pains” received a two seasons order of 26 episodes. Whereas, “White Collar” and “Covert Affairs” were each picked up of a season of 16 episodes.

“All three of these series have found ways to stay creatively fresh and culturally relevant. The execution in writing, acting and production is among the best on television. In an increasingly competitive landscape, these series got new season pickups the old-fashioned way — they earned it!,” Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, co-presidents of USA Network, said in a statement.

However, freshman series: “Common Law,”  “Political Animals, ” and returning series: “Necessary Roughness,” and Fairly Legal” are still on the bubble.

Production for the renewed series will begin in 2013.

‘Scandal’ Hires ‘Grey’s’ & ‘Lost’ Alums And More Casting News

Scandal

According to Huff Post TV, Steven Bailey, who played Joe the bartender on “Grey’Anatomy” has been booked to guest-star on Shonda Rhimes’ hit series “Scandal.” Although there is no word who Bailey will be playing.

‘Scandal’ Season 2 Scoop: Who is Quinn Perkins? Is There a Baby on Board? and More

Meanwhile, Broadway alum Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) is set to recur as Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) ex.  Additionally, Patrick Fischler (Lost, Mad Men), Lorraine Toussaint, Gregg Henry and Ann Cusack will appear in the upcoming season of “Scandal.”

Scandal‘s second season premieres Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c on ABC.

In other casting news…

Enver Gjokaj, “Dollhouse” alum will join CBS’ new legal drama “Made In Jersey” as a U.S. attorney and the ex-boyfriend of Janet Montgomery’s main character. [THR]

“Lost” alum Jeff Fahey has been tapped to guest-star in “Revolution.” Fahey is set to play Hutch, TVLine reports.

Malcolm McDowell has booked a multi-episode arc in “Community”‘s upcoming Season 4. McDowell will play Professor Cornwallis, the college’s new history prof. [THR]

JR Bourne (Teen Wolf) has booked a recurring role on the upcoming second season of “Revenge.” He will play Kenny, a self-assured, Hamptons resident who tries to hide his rough edges behind his fancy clothes and Mercedes. [Deadline]

Samm Levine has joined the cast of NBC’s midseason medical drama “Do No Harm.” Levine will play Josh, an administrative assistant to Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale). [THR]

Majandra Delfino and Blake Garrett have joined “The Office” spin-off series. Delfino is set to play Fannie Schrute, Dwight’s “pseudo-intellectual lefty” younger sister. While Blake Garrett (New Girl) will play Dwight’s nephew, Cameron.

Ben Lawson has been cast as Jonathan, Chloe’s love interest on  “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.” [THR]

Ciarán Hinds (Political Animals) will play the Wildling leader Mance Rayder on “Game of Thrones.” According to EW, the King Beyond the Wall’s only mission is to attack The Wall. [EW]

Chris Klein is will guest-star on “Raising Hope.” The actor will appear as Jimmy’s long-lost brother. [THR]

Michael Mosley (Pan Am) has been booked in a recurring role on ABC’s freshman series “Last Resort.” The “Pan Am” vet will recur as  Chief Engineer Anders. [TV Guide]

Whoopi Goldberg has been tapped to reprise her role as New York Academy of Dramatic Arts dean Carmen Tibideaux in “Glee”‘s fourth season. In addition, “Glee Project” Season 1 winners, Samuel Larsen and Alex Newell, along with Season 2 winner Blake Jenner, will recur in “Glee”‘s fourth season. [THR]

Weekly TV News: ‘Spartacus’ Creator Creating a New Series, ‘Arrested Development’ is Alive and More

TV news you might have missed…

‘Spartacus’ creator Steven S. DeKnight is developing a science-fiction drama called “Incursion” for Starz. “Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski is also developing a show called “Vlad Dracula” for Starz. [Huffpost]

Related: ‘Spartacus’: War of the Damned Teaser.

A “Breaking Bad” spin-off? Creator Vince Gilligan says he would love to see a Saul Goodman spin-off, would you? [EW]

“Arrested Development” season 4 is in the works. Executive producer Ron Howard tweeted “Arrested Development for Netflix. IT’S ALIVE.” The series was saved by Netflix for a fourth season of 10 episodes. The episodes are set to release sometime in 2013 on Netflix.

According to Huffpost, Lifetime has picked a reality series called “Prom Queens.” The show will “document the great social, financial and emotional lengths some girls go each spring by following the teens as they extensively strategize and campaign among fellow students to win votes and achieve their dream.” The reality series premieres Tues., Aug. 14 at 10/9c p.m. on Lifetime.

TVLine reports “Psych” will air a two-hour musical with original music. The “Psych” musical episode is expected to air towards the end of Season 7 at a different time than the show’s usual time slot.

In other TV news, Summer premieres continues this week, find out which series premieres this week by checking out the list below.

  • “Leverage” (Season 5 premiere Sun., July 15, 8 p.m. ET on TNT)
  • “Political Animals” (Series premiere Sun., July 15, 10 p.m. ET on USA) This freshman series takes a look at politics and corruption This drama series stars Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn, Adrian Pasdar and James Wolk. Take a look at the trailer below.
  • Breaking Bad” (Season 5 premiere Sun., July 15, 10 p.m. ET on AMC) The final season of “Breaking Bad” will be split in two, with the first half airing starting tonight, and the second half in 2013. The season picks up right where season 4 left off. Check out the trailer below.
  • “Small Town Security” (Series premiere Sun., July 15, 11 p.m. ET on AMC) This new reality series follows a family-owned private security company in rural Georgia.
  • “Sullivan & Son” (Series premiere Thurs., July 19, 10 p.m. ET on TBS) From executive producer Vince Vaughn, comes this new sitcom about Steve (Steve Byrne), a guy who takes over his family’s bar.
  • “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” ( Series Premiere Thursday, July 19, 9 p.m. ET) A web series from Jerry Seinfeld about comedians getting coffee.