Category Archives: Fairly Legal
In tonight’s Fairly Legal season finale on the USA Network, Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi) has the tough job of choosing between two romantic interests – her ex-husband Justin (Michael Trucco) and her new law partner Ben (Ryan Johnson). How many more shirtless hunk scenes does she need? Not that I’m complaining.
But what about Kate’s widowed stepmother Lauren? After nearly two seasons of grieving, Lauren (Virginia Williams) lets her hair down in a whirlwind romance with sexy, wealthy Brit Robin Archer (Lloyd Owen). Here’s a scene from the season finale, filmed in Vancouver, of the pair leaving the Reed & Reed Law Offices (SFU Segal Graduate School of Business on Granville Street) and getting into his chauffered car.
But is Robin Archer all that he seems? Apparently not. And will Lauren follow him to the dark side or lose the first big romance she’s had since the death of her husband? We’ll have to watch to find out.
Fairly Legal’s season finale airs Friday, June 15, at 9 p.m. on USA Network in the U.S. and Thursday, June 28, at 10 p.m. on Showcase in Canada.
Oh Kate. Successful in your professional life. And self-sabatoguing in your private one. Like so many women. How maddening was it in Kiss Me, Kate when she skipped a dinner date with Ben to fall into bed with her ex-husband Justin?
Mind you when your ex is played by Michael Trucco, it would be hard to resist. Here’s Sarah Shahi as Kate Reed on her way to Justin’s apartment, which turned out to be located on Cordova in the Koret Building in Gastown. (Episode 2×09 aired May 11th on the USA Network in the U.S. and last night on Showcase in Canada.)
Love how Sarah Shahi’s Uggs are the same colour as the pumps she wore in the scene.
Usually I’m pretty spoiler-free about Fairly Legal, despite having seen quite a bit of filming here in Vancouver, but I couldn’t help but catch the on-line tirades three weeks ago over Kate’s tryst with Justin. “I was so mad at Kate .. . after last night’s episode, I decided it might be wise to cool my heels to avoid turning this review into one big rant, ” wrote Mary Powers at The Voice of TV. What Kate did may seem crazy but it’s very real. She’s fresh off a divorce from Justin who cheated on her so Ben suprising her with a kiss in the previous episode and then arranging a dinner date in this one scares the bejeesus out of her. She tries to avoid the date and the possiblity of being hurt so desperately that she stands up Ben to sleep with familiar Justin. As Kate’s wise assistant Leo put it: “You know how you have the tendency to blow things up for no reason? BOOM!”
Earlier, I caught scenes of Justin, aka Michael Trucco tracking down a street artist who’d paintbombed a valuable artwork that Lauren bought for the lobby of Reed & Reed. Turns out this street artist’s work had been “appropriated” by the name artist who’d sold the painting for $50,000.
The prop street art featured in this Gastown alley was spectacular. My photo of My Father Who Art in Heaven attracted over a thousand views on Flickr.
Last Friday night’s Fairly Legal episode on USA Network featured this wonderful scene of Gerald McRaney as Judge Nicastro and Sarah Shahi as Kate Reed fighting their way through transit workers extras after a contract dispute goes array, filmed at the south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery (a former courthouse) on a sunny afternoon in mid-February. As you can see, Judge Nicastro loses his temper and punches a protester near the bottom. And they did it all over again in take after take, with Shahi really getting into it. Between camera setups, the protester extras lounged in the sun with their signs, an odd sight for passersby who did double takes, wondering if this was yet another real protest in Vancouver.
Meatloaf, aka Martin Oday, played the union’s leader Charles McKay and he may have been on set at the Vancouver Art Gallery but I don’t think I photographed him. A pity. I’d love to have seen him.
We’ll have to wait several weeks to see this episode, Kiss me Kate, broadcast on Showcase in Canada.
Lawyer Lauren Reed, played by Virginia Williams, is letting her hair down in season two of the legal dramedy. The Fairly Legal ice queen and widowed stepmother to mediator Kate Reed, played by force-of-nature Sarah Shahi, has been transformed this season. Lauren and Kate are now roommates after Kate’s boat blew up in the last scene of the second season premiere and Kate is having her usual effect — Lauren’s already letting her hair down and re-entering the dating scene.
Fairly Legal even has its own hashtag #FreeLaurensHair. In a look ahead to the season two finale, here’s a photo I took of Virgina Williams’s Lauren on Tuesday with her hair down at work too, outside Reed & Reed law offices.
Tuesday was a very busy and extremely wet and miserable day of filming for Fairly Legal, which shot season two finale scenes in four different downtown Vancouver locations, including SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business on Granville Street as Reed & Reed.
Late last night, Virginia Williams let her own hair down when the main cast went out carousing, following the wrap of second season filming here. Michael Trucco tweeted a great photo of Ryan Johnson,Williams, Sarah Shahi and himself posing with a six-foot-high pink Easter Bunny in Doulins Irish Pub. Sound like a good time was had by all.
But don’t worry, there is much left to see of Fairly Legal in Vancouver, at least on screen. Tonight Kevin Weisman (Alias’s Marshall Flinkman) guest stars on the second season’s episode four, Shine the Light, on USA Network. And the second season of Fairly Legal in Canada just started broadcasting last night on Showcase with the premiere episode, Sastisfaction,
Fairly Legal airs in the U.S. on USA Network at 9 p.m. on Fridays and in Canada on Showcase at 10 p.m. on Thursdays.
Published November 24, 2011 on Vancouver is Awesome
The Vancouver crew of Fairly Legal owe its star Sarah Shahi a big thankyou this American Thanksgiving. If not for her, it’s unlikely the USA Network show would have returned to film a second season here.
Sarah Shahi is a force of nature. Network execs seriously underestimated her immense appeal in the lead role as Kate Reed, a San Francisco lawyer-turned-mediator with a messy personal life. See Shahi filming below in late August 2010 outside the SFU Segal Graduate School of Business on Granville Street turned Reed & Reed Law Offices, started by Kate’s dead father. Then having lunch with her estranged husband, played by Michael Trucco, outside Trees Organic Coffee, while prop San Franciso cabs circled the block.
And at the beginning of this month walking down the south steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery — obviously back in character as feisty Kate.
Some creative changes had to be made before execs would renew the legal dramedy, which while a solid performer in its first season was no breakout hit like other USA Network series. I heard and overheard on set in September 2010 how unhappy network executives were with the general tone of the series, which had the working title Facing Kate, so it wasn’t a surprise when they cut the first season order to ten episodes from twelve, although they claimed scheduling issues.
Published July 21, 2011 on Vancouver is Awesome
How’s this for Comic-Con craziness? Twihards starting lining up outside the San Diego Convention Center three days early (on Monday) to be among the six thousand lucky enough to get into The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1 panel in Hall H, which took place just before lunchtime today. Breaking Dawn 1 was the first panel in Hall H so that Twihards couldn’t ruin Comic-Con like they usually do. What’s even more crazy? That the vampires and werewolves of the mainly Vancouver-shot Breaking Dawn 1 aren’t the most popular panel of the hundreds at Comic-Con 2011. Not even close. That honour belongs to the zombies of AMC TV series The Walking Dead.
Breaking Dawn 1 isn’t even among the most popular of Vancouver-filmed movies and TV series at Comic-Con, which has become less about big movies and more about cult television series in recent years. Locally-shot TV series Pscyh cracked the Top 25 most popular panels and Fringe, Eureka, Supernatural and Alcatraz are all in the Top 50. Breaking Dawn 1 and Underworld Awakening (the fourth in the movie franchise but only the third to star Kate Beckinsale and her vampire cat suit) barely made the Top 50 cut.
Psych presented today to standing-room-only, people-turned-away capacity, with Psych-os either dressed as pineapples or carrying them. Apparently series star James Roday (seen above directing a vampire-themed episode) improvised with a pineapple in the show’s premiere and there’s been one hidden in every episode since. Nominally a detective series, Psych knows how to play to a Comic-Con crowd, with several episodes in its sixth season (now filming in Vancouver) crossing over into genre stuff like vampires, super heroes and Star Trek. In a real casting coup, the original Captain Kirk — William Shatner — plays the father of one of the main cast in an episode filmed