David E Kelley
While I admittedly didn't watch the entire first season of the show last year (it was that bad), I saw enough to know that the show was very proud of going over the top in a way that men dressed as flamingos and women hallucinating dancing babies would shake their heads at.
Harriet Korn's legal office-slash-shoe shop, her ragtag team and her insatiable need to disrupt courtrooms with nonsense asides and clever comebacks were truly cringe-worthy at times.
But somehow, the show is back for a second season, with some castmembers leaving, a few tweaks and several fresh faces to hopefully turn things around. Will it work? I took one for the team and watched tonight's 'Harry's Law' Season 2 premiere (Wed., Sept. 21, 9PM ET on NBC) so you don't have to.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' reboot starring Adrianne Palicki will not be making it to series.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered 'Awake,' the 'Inception'-style thriller from Kyle Killen, 'The Playboy Club' and 'Grimm' to series.
'The Playboy Club' is a period drama set in a Playboy club in 1960s Chicago. 'Grimm,' a police drama, is set in a world where fairy tales exist.
Don Johnson's return to network TV, 'Mann's World,' has also been passed on by NBC. Deadline reports it may be shopped to a cable channel.
NBC released a wonderful bit of casting news today: 'Friday Night Lights' alum Adrianne Palicki is set to play the title role (and two alter-egos) in David E. Kelley's buzzed about 'Wonder Woman' reboot.
Kelley reportedly has a lot of work to do on the script, but Wonder Woman will have to do some serious heavy lifting of her own. Not only will Palicki play the star-spangled crimefighter, who's now based in L.A., but she'll also play her alter-ego, billionaire CEO Diana Themyscira and Diana's mousy assistant Diana Prince.
From capes to a power suit to no makeup and plain clothes? That's a stretch for an actress throughout their career -- this is all in the same one-hour drama.
Not because it's an unusual show or something no one's ever seen before, mind you. "The production values of shows have become so sophisticated that to ask an audience to be patient, to sit in the courtroom and listen to Q&A's, I mean, it's just, it's a bit old fashioned. And this show is a bit old fashioned," he said.
After watching the first two episodes, I definitely agree with him. It has all the hallmarks of a Kelley series: quirky characters and setting, cases that touch upon current societal issues, long courtroom speeches. Unfortunately, in this case, that's not such a good thing.
'Harry's Law' is another thing altogether -- it's another legal show from David E. Kelley, a man so far past his best-before date that I'd blissfully forgotten he existed until the previews for 'Harry's Law' started running.
I can't explain what Kathy Bates is doing in this show. I can only guess that perhaps, with her busy schedule, she didn't realize what she was getting into. And lest this situation befall anyone else, I thought I'd draw up a quick list of warning signs that you too might be in a David E. Kelley show.
Seth Meyers to Host White House Correspondents Dinner, James Franco Returns to 'General Hospital' and More
CNN reports that the 'Saturday Night Live' head writer will take a stab at in-person satire when he emcees the April 30 event, which the president usually attends.
Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert and Jay Leno have made headlines for their hosting turns in years past. Meyers is already scheduled to host the 2011 ESPYs.
In other TV news ...
• James Franco is returning to 'General Hospital.' The Oscar host will guest star on the soap in February when he's in Los Angeles for the awards ceremony. [TV Guide]
• Freddie Smith will play Teddy's new love interest on '90210.' The newcomer was cast after the actor who plays Teddy's current flame, Kyle Riabko, left the show to take part in pilot season. [Movieline]
• David E. Kelley gave an update on the 'Wonder Woman' project he's developing. "There's no real deal in place yet, but yeah, my intent is to take a stab at it," Kelley said. "It's a very, very different genre for me, a very tricky beast. I won't know whether I've cracked it or not until I've finished it, but it's going." [Zap2it]
According to deadline.com Kelley has long been wanting to tackle the World War II-era heroine, and he recently met with the DC team, who also have been looking for ways to launch a new Wonder Woman TV franchise.
Details on Kelley's TV series are being kept under wraps, and it's not clear if the new Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Diana Prince) will be the old familiar Wonder Woman or the redesigned Goth reboot announced by DC earlier this year.
Why? Well, for a few reasons. Portraying a character on a weekly basis can present a new challenge to these veteran silver screen stars, but let's not forget that young Hollywood actors in tween-targeted films are dominating the box office. These Oscar-winning actors aren't giving up films, but their star power and names alone are big enough to attract an audience to a TV show.
Many Oscar-winners and nominees have left their mark on both screens -- just look at Sally Field. She's won an Oscar for 'Norma Rae' and Emmys for 'Sybil,' 'ER' and 'Brothers & Sisters.'
Maybe the Oscars of these latest stars got lonely on the mantle and the next logical thought would be: Why not add an Emmy sister?
Check out the list of actors who are coming to TV -- including Sissy Spacek and Dustin Hoffman -- after the jump.
After announcing the controversial (but unsurprising) decision to pull Jay Leno from its primetime line-up at the TCAs this weekend, the network will look to scripted dramas to fill at least some of the void.
According to Variety, NBC has already greenlit half-a-dozen drama pilots in hopes of quickly filling the 10 PM slot.
But will it be enough to save the network in the ratings race? Business Week reports that NBC has seen a 4.6 percent drop in primetime viewers since Leno began airing at 10, causing a domino effect that resulted in a dip in audience numbers for NBC's affiliate news stations and late night programming.
For some reason, reporters were kicked out of the ballroom so ABC could set up for this press conference. But all I saw when I walked in an hour later was palm trees and 1973-era ABC signs (like in the picture above). Wonder why I had to abandon my laptop for that?
Anyway, because many of the critics were fans of the BBC original, the gathered throng of testy TV watchers were eager to question the panel for ABC's version of Life on Mars. It was a relatively small panel, with executive producers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, and stars Jason O'Mara and Michael Imperioli. You have to realize that having no pilot to base questions on makes us critics a cranky bunch, and the fact that the show is undergoing a show-runner change (from David E. Kelley to the Applebaum and Nemec), a massive recasting (all of the original pilot's cast, except for O'Mara, is being recast as we speak) and location change (LA to New York) only fuels more questions.
All things considered, the critics took it relatively easy on the panel.
"We do think there's an opportunity after (this eighth season)," said McPherson. "If any or all the cast is a part of that, I think there's a growth (opportunity) there. It's a show that, despite being moved around into like 17 time periods and really never being given the marketing support, has really performed unbelievably well on NBC." He went on to say that they hope "it won't be a one-season situation."
Other than that, most of the conversation revolved around the network's returning shows, which makes sense, since the network is only debuting a few new shows (none of which had pilots that the network thought were suitable for preview) this fall.
This cast addition is the latest of many changes made to the drama. David E. Kelley is out as the Life on Mars showrunner, and October Road's Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg have replaced him. Producers also decided to move the show's production and fictional setting from Los Angeles to New York City.
(S04E10) "OK, Jerry, why are you under my desk" - Carl Sack
So as the show begins we see one of Boston Legal's causes of the week. The only saving grace of the environmental storyline is that this week, Crane, Poole & Schmidt are the bad guys. It's almost as if someone held up a mirror to the show and said, "you know, you guys aren't perfect." I just wish it hadn't felt like a leftover from NBC's green week.
Still, we had to have the "other side of the story" shoved down our throats. I've heard all the "data" that Katie was spewing from other sources and, frankly, I think it's crap. Anyone who thinks tap water is just as good as bottled water should move into my building and see how long the can stomach the sewage that comes out of the pipes. Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Boston have an awesome mass transit system? Why would an environmentalist need a car in the first place?
(S04E04) "I pitched a fly rod right in my waders." - Denny Crane
In case you were confused about David E. Kelley's political leanings, the opening scene should have cleared it up for you. Let's see...Bush lied, the military is intolerant of homosexuals, got it. Sounds like a left wing to me. The scene also asks an important question...where the hell has Sam McMurray been? He was my favorite cast member on The Tracy Ullman Show. Unfortunately, he's one of the few who didn't go on to work on The Simpsons and I, for one, think he should be on TV more.
I don't really know what to make of the young matador. David E. Kelley seems to be hell bent on doing two things this season...pissing off the right wingers and pissing off PETA.
David E. Kelley has drafted in the directing talents of Thomas Schlamme to direct the pilot for his ABC version of the time-travelling cop drama. (If you haven't managed to catch any of the first and second series of Life on Mars, you should -- it's fantastic).
Schlamme previously worked on The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in addition to directing the pilot for Boston Public and some episodes of Ally McBeal and The Practice.
Rachelle LeFevre has already been cast in a female lead role in the remake, but it's not yet known who will take on the Sam Tyler role.
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