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Kathy Bates and Craig Ferguson Discuss if She Has a Drinking Problem or Not (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 14th 2011 4:45AM
'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Craig Ferguson knows a thing or two about alcoholism. So maybe it was from a point of concern that he started analyzing Kathy Bates' drinking habits on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:30AM ET on CBS).

At the same time, it almost sounded like a trip down memory lane for him, as he started asking her about keeping her vodka in the freezer, which she does.

"You don't care where this stuff comes from, and you don't really know how much of it you drink," he mused. She said as long as it was in the freezer, she really didn't care. "Doesn't sound to me like you've got a problem at all," Ferguson concluded.

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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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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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Kathy Bates Menaces Susan Lucci on 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 4th 2011 3:00PM
Kathy Bates Menaces Susan Lucci on 'All My Children'Kathy Bates relives an 'All My Children' moment from 1983 where she plays prison inmate Belle Bodelle and menaces Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated).

Bates flares her nostrils impressively, bugs out her eyes and threatens Lucci in a vintage clip from the sudser, calling her a "dirty piece of fluff" while the two are in a jail cell.

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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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Jay Leno Reveals a Young Kathy Bates as a Giggling Bride on 'The Love Boat' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 28th 2011 3:38AM
Kathy Bates, 'The Love Boat'Jay Leno managed to reach way back into the television machine and jog a memory Kathy Bates may well have forgotten on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM on NBC). Apparently, the acclaimed actress once played a giggling bride on 'The Love Boat.'

Considering the gravitas with which she portrays most of her characters, it's a somewhat startling image. Of course, Leno showed it to us all, much to Bates' chagrin.

"It was one of the first things I ever did," Bates recalled. "I remember now."

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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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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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Can Michael Save the Day on 'The Office'? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 20th 2010 11:45PM
Can Michael Save the Day on 'The Office'?It's the season finale of 'The Office' (Thu., 9PM ET on NBC). As seems to be the trend with NBC finales, the show raises a lot of big questions -- and then kind of leaves us hanging.

[Spoiler alert.]

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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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Six Series Spin-Offs I'd See in a Second

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2010 12:02PM
'Criminal Minds'
With the season coming to a close, the networks are starting to look toward next season. In the case of 'Criminal Minds,' that includes exploring the possibility of a spin-off series. They ran an embedded pilot for it earlier this season, introducing the new cast, and they've already had tremendous success with both 'NCIS' and 'CSI' spin-offs. But whatever happened to the old-school way of creating spin-offs?

'Frasier' was a long-time cast member on 'Cheers' before he headed off to Seattle and sitcom super-stardom. 'The Jeffersons' spent time living next to the Bunkers ('All in the Family') before moving on up. Even as recently as 'Friends,' they spun series co-star 'Joey' off into his own series -- maybe that's when it all went so wrong.

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Movie Stars Invade TV: A Look at Pilot Season 2010

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 24th 2010 2:00PM
Sissy SpacekTelevision fans, look out: Oscar-winning actors are taking over! And not just for a special cameo or a three-episode guest star stint, either. Movie stars are coming to TV in a big way ... as series regulars.

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.

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