Broadway star Karen Olivo joins 'Harry's Law' as part of second season strategy -- EXCLUSIVE


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Broadway actress Karen Olivo has nabbed a coveted series regular role on NBC’s Harry’s Law as part of writer-producer David E. Kelley’s second-season strategy.

This fall, Kathy Bates’ curmudgeonly defense attorney Harry Korn will start landing larger cases as her reputation rises. One of those clients will be played by Alfred Molina, who will appear in a three-episode arc at the start of the season as a murder suspect. Harry will also get some help, hiring a new hotshot lawyer played by Olivo. And with James Spader stepping into Bates’ CEO job on The Office, the award-winning actress will be free to fully focus on Harry’s Law.

Olivo originated the role of Vanessa in In the Heights and won a Tony for a performance in a production of West Side Story. She made headlines last year when her award-winning turn in West Side was unexpectedly cut short after a tragic stage accident that broke her foot. “[The door] clipped me on the shoulder as I was in full stride,” Olivo told “Then I put my foot down, but it folded under me and I went down on the ground. I got up and fell again. Then I just crawled offstage, in full view of the audience.”

Olivo quickly bounced back — to TV, where she landed a multi-episode arc in CBS’ The Good Wife and, now, Harry’s Law.

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  • electro

    Glad to hear Karen will be coming to TV! This gives me reason to tune into Harry’s Law.

  • Ninja Poodle

    Correction, if memory serves correct, Debbie Allen won a Tony for her role of “Anita” in a past revival of “West Side Story” circa, late 80’s-warly 90’s. However, Olivio’s was well deserved too.

    • mar

      huh? is this in regards to a misprint that i didn’t catch?

      and debbie was nominated but did not win in 1980.

  • tahina

    Karen was also in “In The Heights” with Lin- Manuel Miranda… and Anita in “West Side Story”. Glad she is going to be on Harry’s Law.

    • Miranda

      I saw her on Broadway in In The Heights! She was the best thing about that show!! Shes fantastic. And so gorgeous.

  • nitemar

    Debbie was nominated but did not win though got raved reviews for her performance as Anita in West Side Story. Karen did win the Tony many years later. Rita Moreno won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as Anita.

  • Stefan

    considering DEKs trackrecord, she will be gone by the end of the season – without any given explanation

  • Barry

    She was also on “The Good Wife” as one of Will’s students/potential love interest.


    if its not jay leno or mike and molly it can lick my butt and munch it too cus those are the ONLY funny shows on tv. p:s suck my butt while your at it.

    • Michael

      Wow…you really like butt play, don’t you? Can’t say I blame you.

  • Carla

    Sad news. Karen deserves much better than this show. I gave up halfway through Season 1 and I won’t pick it up again. The writing is too bad. And Nate Corrdry’s character and acting make me want to break my tv.
    Too bad.

  • googie

    So happy, SEASON TWO!

  • bestestgran

    I probably won’t watch Harry’s Law this season. I liked the cast that was on to begin with. When shows start changing up cast, I’m ready to move on. I probably won’t be watching CSI with Ted Danson either.. give me a break he’s 63 and ready for retirement!! Get someone younger at least!

  • robert aunko

    welcome new actress. please don’t change harry’s law and become hoighty-toytie remember the show became fantastic with their winning cases pro-bono. expansion is great but the theme in first seasons was great. anything david kelley does is great! i gave up hawaii 5-o for this. don’t make me go somwhere else! i will!!!!!!!!!

  • LisaBmiller

    Karen is the best thing that happen to this show! I loved it before and LOVE IT MORE NOW….should feature her more..gorgeous!!


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