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NBC Spring 2011 Finale Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 8th 2011 3:30PM
NBC Spring 2011 Finale Schedule
In a matter of weeks, some of our favorite NBC shows will be leaving the airwaves. While it's sad, at least they won't be gone forever (we hope).

The Peacock network announced its 2011 finale schedule today, and it's an extra-special one for comedy fans. We're getting 1-hour finales of 'Community' and 'Parks and Recreation,' and a 2-hour dose of crazy 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

Finales start on Mon., April 4 at 10PM with 'Harry's Law.' Check out the full schedule below.

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An Innocent Man Fights For His Own Freedom After 25 Years in Prison on 'Harry's Law' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 1st 2011 2:24AM
Steve Harris, 'Harry's Law'On 'Harry's Law' (Mon., 10PM ET on NBC), Kathy Bates gets to be brash and abrasive in the courtroom almost every episode. She can be very compelling when she gets passionate about what and who she's fighting for. But this week, she didn't need to.

After spending 25 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Jeffrey Rollins was up for parole, but the judges seemed ready to dismiss him back into the system, and Rollins had had enough. Played with passion by 'The Practice's Steve Harris, Rollins made his own plea to the tribunal.

Despite being innocent, Rollins was advised to admit his guilt and move forward toward a parole to get his freedom that way, but he was having none of that.

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'Harry's Law': A Neighbor Hates Harriet But Needs a Lawyer (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 25th 2011 9:00AM
A New Neighbor Is Angry on 'Harry's Law'Attorney Harriet "Harry" Korn now has her own law firm in a rundown shoe store. But the locals on 'Harry's Law' (Mon., 10PM ET on NBC) appear less than pleased about it. One resident enters the establishment and tells her to clear "your fat a-- out of this neighborhood ... People like you move in, people like me get pushed out. You drive up our rent. You're just a dirty blockbuster."

But the woman also needs a lawyer. She says, "You wanta be a lawyer in this neighborhood, child, then you can start out by being a lawyer in this neighborhood."

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FCC Approves NBCU-Comcast Merger, Syfy Renews 'Sanctuary' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:30PM
NBCThe FCC has approved the merger of NBC Universal and Kabletown Comcast after year-long reviews of the matter.

According to Variety, the combination was passed with a 4-1 vote. Michael Copps, the Democratic commissioner, was the dissenting vote.

Concerns over the future of online video prompted Comcast to agree to conditions that aim to prevent anti-competitive harms.

"This is a proud and exciting day for Comcast," Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, said. "Our original vision for the combination remains intact so that consumers will benefit, and our competitors will be treated fairly."

In other TV news ...

Syfy has renewed 'Sanctuary' for a 13-episode season 4. According to the network, filming starts this spring with an expected fall debut. [Syfy]

The Brown family from TLC's 'Sister Wives' is on the move. The reality family has moved to Nevada to pursue new opportunities. [E! Online]

'Skins' debuted to 3.3. million viewers. A decent start, but nowhere near 'Jersey Shore' numbers. [Entertainment Weekly]

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'Harry's Law': Kathy Bates Is Hit By a Suicide Jumper, Then a Car (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 18th 2011 7:40AM
Kathy Bates Is Harriett in 'Harry's Law'If one brief but significant moment can change a person's entire life, imagine what three in one morning can do. In the series premiere of 'Harry's Law' (Mon., 10PM ET on NBC), Harriet "Harry" Korn is (first) fired from her job as a patent attorney.

Next, she inadvertently breaks the fall of a suicidal jumper. She leaves the hospital with no broken bones and feels as though, "All of a sudden it was the first day of the rest of--"

But she never finishes the thought because Harry gets hit by a car -- third incident, second visit to the hospital. Again, not a single broken bone, as she'd landed on a mattress being conveniently unloaded by some movers. And then begins the rest of her life.

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'Harry's Law' Needs to Ease Up on the Quirk, Emphasize Kathy Bates

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 17th 2011 9:00AM
Scene from 'Harry's Law' on NBC. Debuting 1/17/11 at 10PM ETWhen I spoke to David E. Kelley last week, he was quick to admit that his new show, 'Harry's Law,' is a bit of a risky move for him and NBC.

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.

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David E. Kelley on 'Harry's Law' and Why His Shows Get So Wacky

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2011 10:00AM
David E. Kelley and Kathy Bates, star of Kelley's new series 'Harry's Law' on NBC
If you've ever been a fan of a David E. Kelley series, whether it was 'Ally McBeal,' 'The Practice,' 'Boston Legal,' or any of his other hits, at one point or another you've probably decried your favorite show going in a direction that can best be described as "wacky."

Kelley's heard that criticism, but feels that's just the way he writes his characters. "I think in 'Ally McBeal' we kind of went off in year 3, but probably came back to earth in year 4.," he told me last week, saying that the show "thrived on its originality.

"It's a difficult trick," he continued. "Your audience has an expectation. They want the show to be the show that they tuned into. They want it to be familiar. And at the same time, show us something new. So it's a very inexact science. And sometimes you get it right, and sometimes you don't."

Kelley's latest ball of quirk is 'Harry's Law,' which debuts on NBC Monday, January 17 at 10PM ET. In it, Oscar winner Kathy Bates plays Harriet "Harry" Korn, a Cincinnati patent lawyer who stops caring about her high-priced job and gets fired, forcing her to start a jack-of-all-trades practice in an abandoned shoe store in a developing neighborhood.

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How to Tell If You're in a David E. Kelley Show

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 10th 2011 5:00PM
This week, Kathy Bates, an actress who has won Golden Globes, Emmys and an Oscar, will debut in her new show 'Harry's Law.' This is perplexing. Bates clearly has a love for television rarely evinced by successful film stars, but her roles on 'Six Feet Under' and 'The Office' are the TV equivalent of the Queen's sedate wave from her coach, as if to say 'Yoo hoo, I'm here, just being my awesome self, directing stuff and being in theater and just thought I'd remind you of how much I rock.'

'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.

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Bill O'Reilly Will Interview Obama, Craig Ferguson's 'Dr. Who' Skit to Air and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 6th 2011 6:00PM
Bill O'Reilly, Barack ObamaFootball won't be the only matchup going down on Super Bowl Sunday.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly will interview President Barack Obama during the Super Bowl pre-show on Feb. 6, the Washington Post reports.

O'Reilly and Obama last went head-to-head during the 2008 presidential campaign. Last year Katie Couric did the interview for CBS, and Matt Lauer covered it the year before for NBC.

In other TV news ...

Craig Ferguson's 'Dr. Who' cold open will finally air during tonight's 'Late Late Show.' The skit was leaked online (by Ferguson himself) because CBS couldn't clear the rights to use the theme song -- until now. [Speakeasy]

Two former 'Practice' stars will appear on David E. Kelley's new series 'Harry's Law.' Steve Harris and Camryn Manheim will appear in future episodes of the show, though they won't reprise their 'Practice' roles. [TVLine]

The new 'Charlie's Angels' reboot is giving Bosley a different look. The iconic character will now be played by a hunky actor in his late 20s to early 30s with a mischevious smile. [TV Guide]

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Nate Corddry to Star in NBC's New Series, 'Harry's Law'

by Ryan McKee, posted Jul 22nd 2010 10:30AM
For TV actors the worst feeling must be being replaced on a TV show after the pilot gets picked up for series. Right before you're fired, you think you have it made -- you've beat the odds and now you'll be rich. Then the rug is pulled out and you're back to waiting tables at IHOP.

Recently, Rob Corddry appeared on 'Fitzdog Radio' and mentioned his brother, Nate, was currently in line to be the actor on the other side of that pendulum -- the replacer and not the replacee. However, he was talking about a role opposite William Shatner on the new CBS sitcom '$#*! My Dad Says,' the first TV show based on a Twitter page.

Instead Nate Corddry will be replacing Ben Chaplin on David E. Kelley's new legal drama 'Harry's Law.' The show stars Kathy Bates as a recently-fired patent lawyer, who assembles a rag-tag group of associates to form a unique law practice in a rundown shoe store. The show is currently scheduled to be a 2010-2011 mid-season replacement.

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Jimmy Smits, Kathy Bates Series Picked Up by NBC; 'Mercy,' 'Trauma' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted May 14th 2010 3:25PM
Jimmy SmitsOn the heels of 'Law & Order's' cancellation, NBC announced today that it has picked up four new series for next season -- three dramas and one comedy -- and will be parting ways with newbie medical dramas 'Mercy' and 'Trauma.'

Among the dramas headed to the Peacock net is 'The Cape,' starring 'ER's' David Lyons as a policeman who is framed for a series of murders and is forced to go into hiding. Determined to be reunited with his family, Lyons' character becomes his son's favorite superhero ('The Cape') and quickly "takes the law into his own hands."

Meanwhile, 'West Wing' alum Jimmy Smits will return to the network in the drama 'Outlaw,' about a Supreme Court justice who quits his job to go work for the little man.

Rounding out the list of dramas is the latest legal series from David E. Kelley ('The Practice'; 'Ally McBeal'), 'Harry's Law.' The show stars Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates as a lawyer who unexpectedly starts her own firm with characters portrayed by Brittany Snow and Ben Chaplin.

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