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Kathy Bates on 'Harry's Law': NBC 'treated us like s--'

Kathy Bates is not too happy about how NBC treated her legal drama Harry’s Law.

The actress, who will be starring on the next installment of FX’s American Horror Story this fall, went off on the network today during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, taking place this week in Los Angeles.

“I think [NBC] treated us like s–t,” said Bates, when responding to a question about whether or not she had reservations about returning to television. “They kicked us to the curb. I think they disrespected us, I think they disrespected our seven to 11 million viewers every week and I think they’re getting what they deserve.”

Later, Bates clarified that the cancellation of Harry’s Law in May 2012 left her stunned and hurt. “You know, it was just a real difficult emotional thing,” she said. “Going to work every day…you create a family. For me…it was just delightful for me to go to work every day and to lose that on the whim was hard. I loved the part, I loved the people I worked with and it was astounding to feel that as an older person, you weren’t wanted, your audience wasn’t wanted on television.”

EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

Kathy Bates talks 'Harry's Law' return: 'I wish the naysayers would just shut the F up'

Harry’s Law is back on NBC this weekend, debuting in its new Sunday 8 p.m. time slot for the second half of season 2. Kathy Bates, who earned an Emmy nomination last year for her portrayal of curmudgeonly attorney Harry on the David E. Kelley series, admits she’ll be the first person checking the show’s ratings the next morning. “Unfortunately , I’ve gotten into that habit. What I really should do is not look at the Internet at all ’cause it makes me want to put a bullet in my brain,” she tells EW candidly. “Some of these people are just so stupid. I don’t even get it…. All [they] talk about is the blessed [18-49] demo this, demo that, and how the cancellation bear is gonna eat us and all that stuff. So we’ll see. We’ll just see.”  READ FULL STORY

'Harry's Law' ratings put on trial; 'Cape' slips

Kathy Bates awaits your verdict (Jordin Althaus/NBC)

David E. Kelley’s latest legal drama Harry’s Law got off to a fine start Monday night in the ratings.

“I object!” you say. “Granted, the show drew a healthy 11 million viewers, but it earned a mere 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. How can you say that’s ‘a fine start’?”

Allow me to present some evidence: NBC’s previous show in this time slot, Chase, averaged only a 1.5 rating. Harry’s Law grew from its The Cape (6.2 million, 1.8; recap here) lead-in and ranked in second place at 10 p.m. Plus, it gave NBC its biggest non-Olympics audience in this slot in more than a year. Therefore, given the context (and ratings are all about context), ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I would say Harry’s Law had a fine start.

“But,” you counter, opening a briefcase and pulling out a ratings chart. “This shows that Harry’s Law was, in fact, NBC’s lowest-rated in-season premiere ever in this time period.”

[Murmurs in the courtroom. Judge calls for quiet, bangs gavel.] READ FULL STORY


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