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Kathy Bates: David E. Kelley's Newest TV Attorney?

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 8th 2010 9:45AM
Is Kathy Bates the new Denny Crane? Could be, as the Oscar winner is in final negotiations to join the cast of 'Kindreds,' producer David E. Kelley's NBC legal drama pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'Kindreds' revolves around a cranky former patent attorney and the law firm she oversees, staffed with equally quirky associates. The role, which will be the first full-time TV gig for Bates, was originally written as a male character named Harry Korn, and is being rewritten specifically for Bates.Is Kathy Bates the new Denny Crane? Could be, as the Oscar winner is in final negotiations to join the cast of 'Kindreds,' producer David E. Kelley's NBC legal drama pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'Kindreds' revolves around a cranky former patent attorney and the law firm she oversees, staffed with equally quirky associates. The role, which will be the first full-time TV gig for Bates, was originally written as a male character named Harry Korn, and is being rewritten specifically for Bates.

The 'Misery' Oscar winner has been making a mark in primetime this season, playing the eccentric Jo Bennett, whose printer company bought Dunder Mifflin, on 'The Office.' Bates also played the Queen of Hearts in 'Alice,' SyFy's 2009 spin on 'Alice in Wonderland.' Previously, her time in TV land had been limited to guest spots on shows like 'Six Feet Under,' 'King of the Hill,' '3rd Rock From the Sun' and Kelley's 'L.A. Law.'

Meanwhile, on the big screen, Bates most recently appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy 'Valentine's Day,' and will next star in 'Earthbound,' in which she plays the mother of a woman (Kate Hudson) who falls in love after finding out she has terminal cancer. The flick is billed as a romantic dramedy -- and Whoopi Goldberg is playing God -- but the heavy subject matter sounds a little light on the "amedy" part of dramedy, no?









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