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'Smallville' Star Brings Wonder Woman to 'Harry's Law,' James Wolk Finds 'Happy Endings' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 16th 2011 10:50AM
Erica Durance Wonder Woman Harry's Law'Smallville' actress Erica Durance will guest star on 'Harry's Law' as Wonder Woman ... sort of.

According to TVLine, Durance will appear in a Season 2 episode of 'Harry's Law' as a "psychologically infirm" woman who thinks she's the DC Comics character. In her Wonder Woman persona, Durance's character seeks revenge on those who commit domestic abuse.

Durance will appear in the 11th episode of 'Harry's Law,' which does not have an airdate yet.

Audiences may recall NBC produced a pilot for a new Wonder Woman series from 'Harry's Law' creator David E. Kelley. The pilot never made it to series.

No word on whether Durance will don the iconic ensemble.

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NBC Has Good News for 'Grimm,' Bad News for 'Prime Suspect'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 15th 2011 8:00AM
The annual programming reshuffle known as the mideason schedule launch is in full swing at the major networks. Since NBC unveiled its new lineup yesterday there's been much speculation as to the fate of cult fave comedy 'Community,' struggling newbie drama 'Prime Suspect' and brand new fairytale drama 'Grimm.'

It seems as though the cast and crew at 'Grimm' can rest easy for now. Deadline reports that the fairytale-based procedural has received an order for additional scripts. That doesn't mean it's out of danger yet, but it should avoid the ax for now at least. However, 'Prime Suspect' is still most definitely on the dreaded bubble, with Deadline quoting one source as saying NBC execs are "considering our options." Gulp.

Meanwhile, 'Community' stars took to Twitter to vent their spleen about the benching of their show.

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Bubble Trouble: Why 'Pan Am,' 'Parks and Rec' and 12 Other Shows Could Go 'Pop!'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2011 11:00AM
Bubble Shows 2011For producers of underperforming television shows, this is the scariest time of the year -- and it's got nothing to do with Halloween specials. By now, the glow of premiere season has long since worn off, and shows we couldn't wait to see just a few short months ago are in serious danger of getting the hook.

Truth be told, the majority of broadcast shows are floating precariously atop the cancellation bubble. A world without 'Fringe'? An NBC Thursday night without 'Community'? Folks, it could happen.

Take NBC: the struggling network is aggressively developing new shows, desperate for a hit. Can old standbys like 'Parks and Recreation' survive when big dogs Sarah Silverman and Dane Cook are all developing new shows at the Peacock network?

A few notches away on the dial, CBS's 'CSI' franchise is starting to fizzle and the network has its eye on new comedies. With three different 'CSI' shows, it's safe to say one will probably go.

Who will survive this season? Only time will tell, but any of these shows could be goners by May.

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NBC Orders More 'Harry's Law'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 10:30AM
Harry's LawNBC has ordered six additional scripts for the Kathy Bates' 'Harry's Law.' This brings the Season 2 episode total to 19.

Now in its second season, 'Harry's Law' is one of NBC's top dramas. Last week's episode was watched by 8.5 million viewers, up about a million viewers from its last two airings. The show goes up against some of TV's top shows Wednesday nights at 9PM, including 'Modern Family' and 'Criminal Minds.'

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 11 - 16

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 11th 2011 10:00AM
The Office - Thursday October 13, 9PM ET/PT, NBC/Global

We all knew when Steve Carrell left 'The Office,' other actors and characters would move to the forefront. Tonight we get a closer look at Andy, as he throws a garden party in a bid to impress Robert. The guests include his parents, played by Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace, and by a stroke of incredible inspiration, his brother is played by Josh Groban. Prepare for some serious a cappella attitude.

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'Modern Family' Beats 'The X Factor' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 12:20PM
Modern Family Beats The X Factor in Ratings'The X Factor' is Fox's biggest fall series debut in five years, but it wasn't exactly a ratings hit.

The network says the reality singing competition premiered to 12.5 million viewers, 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Comparatively, January's 'American Idol' Season 10 premiere -- the first without Simon Cowell -- was watched by 26.2 million viewers and had a 9.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

In the 9PM hour, 'The X Factor' was bested by ABC's one-hour Season 3 premiere of 'Modern Family,' which had a 6 rating in the 18-49 demo and a total of 14.3 million viewers. Helped by the buzz after multiple Emmy wins, the series even outperformed CBS's stalwart 'Criminal Minds.'

'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan took to Twitter to share his joy about the ratings news.

"It's extremely gratifying that a scripted comedy finally beat an overhyped karaoke contest," he said. "Thank you, #ModernFamily fans!"

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I Watched the 'Harry's Law' Season Premiere So You Don't Have To

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 21st 2011 3:15PM
Harry's Law'Harry's Law' sounded like a great idea in theory: Take the proven success of a quirky David E. Kelley legal drama (who didn't love 'Boston Legal' and 'Ally McBeal'?), add Kathy Bates in her first series regular TV role ever and voila, right? Wrong.

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.

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'Human Target' Star Mark Valley Joins 'Harry's Law'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 12th 2011 8:30PM
Mark Valley'Human Target' alum Mark Valley has found a new gig. (And no, he's not taking the seat in the pilot's cockpit on ABC's 'Pan Am' like many of us had hoped.)

With his most recent Fox drama getting the axe after just two seasons of comic book-inspired vigilante justice, Valley is now headed back to the courtroom and back to work with David E. Kelley, this time for Season 2 of NBC's 'Harry's Law.'

'Harry's Law' stars Kathy Bates as Harriet "Harry" Kern, a former patent lawyer-turned-legal defense for the common man. Her new practice is run out of a shoe store, a quirk that should come as no surprise considering Kelley's offbeat brand of dramedy.

The show made headlines last month for dropping mutually parting ways with two of its series regulars, Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen. Now Valley will take over the job alongside recently cast Broadway star Karen Olivo.

Both Valley and Olivo will be playing new members of Harriet's team of lawyers.

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Jason Ritter, Alfred Molina Find New TV Homes

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 7th 2011 4:30PM
Jason Ritter, Alfred MolinaFresh off of canceled shows, Jason Ritter and Alfred Molina have found new homes on NBC.

Ritter, formerly of 'The Event' will return to 'Parenthood.' According to TVLine, Ritter will reprise his role of Mark, the sometimes boyfriend to Lauren Graham's Sarah. Look for him early in Season 3. 'Parenthood' returns to NBC Tues., Sept. 13 at 10PM.

TVLine also reports Ritter is working with 'Friday Night Lights' guru and 'Parenthood' executive producer Jason Katims on a new show for NBC. Details on the project are scarce, but it will be an hour-long drama.

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Freeze! Order in the Court! Our 11 Favorite Legal Ladies on TV

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 7th 2011 12:30PM
Rizzoli & IslesThere are plenty of law-abiding characters on TV, but we're particularly fond of the ladies who wield badges and shout "objection!" in courtrooms to keep our airwaves safe.

With the return of 'Rizzoli & Isles' (Season 2 premieres Mon., July 11, 10PM ET on TNT) -- where stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander battle Boston bad guys as a detective and medical examiner team -- we salute those cops and lawyers who help maintain law and order (some of them are even on 'Law & Order') on TV.

Of course, all of the current TV cops on our list have some iconic legal ladies to thank, including 'Police Woman''s Pepper Anderson (Angie Dickinson); Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) on 'The Shield'; and the dynamic duo of 'Cagney & Lacey' (Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly), just to name a few.

And we can't forget their legal counterparts either, with beloved barristers like Susan Dey's Grace van Owen on 'L.A. Law'; Sarah McKenzie (Catherine Bell) on 'JAG'; the ladies of 'Boston Legal,' 'The Practice' and 'Ally McBeal'; Markie Post's Christine Sullivan on 'Night Court'; and Harmon herself, as 'Law & Order''s ADA Abbie Carmichael.

These pros all helped pave the moral way for what's now one of the most popular professions for women on TV. Here, 11 of our current favorite female TV cops and lawyers.

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Brittany Snow, Aml Ameen Exit 'Harry's Law,' Chloe Sevigny Books Transgender Role and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 8th 2011 10:15AM
Brittany Snow, Aml AmeenWhen 'Harry's Law' returns to NBC for a second season (yep, that's happening), it'll be missing two of its young stars.

According to TVLine, Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen have left the show as series regulars in what is reported as a "mutual decision." The two may guest star during the second season.

'Harry's Law' stars Kathy Bates as Harriet "Harry" Korn, a patent legal eagle turned defense attorney. The dramedy comes from David E. Kelley, so you know there's a quirk: Harry operates out of an old shoe store.

'American Dreams' veteran Snow played Jenna, Harry's secretary. Ameen, known for the UK series 'The Bill,' played Malcolm, a client-turned-paralegal.

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NBC Renews 'Parenthood,' 'Harry's Law;' Passes on 'Wonder Woman'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 12th 2011 10:25PM
Wonder WomanGood news for fans of family drama: NBC has renewed 'Parenthood' for a third season. The network has also given a second season to David E. Kelley's 'Harry's Law.'

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.

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Ask Mo Time: Answers on 'Glee,' 'Fringe,' Pilots, 'Harry's Law,' 'Chuck' and Much More

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 3rd 2011 3:15PM
In this month's Ask Mo, I tried to answer as many of your excellent questions as I could. Let's get to it!

Matt: Is it true that Blaine will only appear in one of the final four episodes of 'Glee' this season? With Darren Criss being the biggest breakout star of this season, sidelining him seems crazy (and particularly insulting to Klaine fans). I'm hoping he'll appear in the finale and it's being kept under wraps. Any chance of that?

Mo says: It's possible. Blaine is not in this week's episode or the May 17 episode, but he's definitely in the May 10 episode. A Fox representative could not confirm definitively whether Criss will appear in the May 24 finale, in which New Directions heads to Nationals. But never fear, even if he isn't in the season 2 finale, I am betting the hunky Blaine will be appearing on the Fox show for some time to come.

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Chelsea Handler Tries to Feed Brittany Snow's 'Jungle Fever' on 'Lately' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 25th 2011 3:33AM
 Brittany Snow, 'Chelsea Lately'Chelsea Handler zoomed in on only one aspect of Brittany Snow's character on 'Harry's Law.' She then took the opportunity to play matchmaker with a staff member on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

It was Snow's relationship on the show that got Handler's attention. "You got a little jungle fever, girl."

Snow struggled a little with what language to use talking about her relationship with Malcolm (Aml Ameen) on the show. Handler had no such qualms. "You have a thing for black guys," she said.

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Billy Bush Plays Word Association With Brittany Snow's Maxim Photos (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 9th 2011 1:15PM
Billy Bush Plays Word Association WIth Brittany Snow's Maxim PhotosWhile Brittany Snow of 'Harry's Law' attempts to explain what her cover shoot for Maxim Magazine was like, Billy Bush plays a game of word association with her sexy pics on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated).

"Cat and mouse," said Bush, taking in a photo of Snow in a bikini. "Klondike bar," he said after another.

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