Kathy Bates says "Harry's Law" role fit like a glove

Tue Jan 4, 2011 6:37pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates' role as a curmudgeonly lawyer in new TV drama "Harry's Law" was written for a man, but Bates says Harriet (Harry) Korn, who gets fired from her blue-chip law firm at age 60, comes very close to Bates' own persona.

"She fit me like a glove and I couldn't wait to get to work on her," Bates, 62, said on Tuesday ahead of the Jan 17 premiere of the new series from "Ally McBeal" creator David E. Kelley.

"She is very forceful but eccentric and lovable, and at the same time she has a hard time showing her love for people.

"In my private life, I am just as curmudgeonly as Harriet and I share some of her disillusion. She doesn't suffer fools gladly. She has a very irreverent sense of humor, which I do also. She tells it like it is. Sometimes I think David has been doing some kind of background research on me, the lines are so close," the star of the 1990 movie thriller "Misery" told journalists in a conference call.

"Harry's Law" is one of two highly-anticipated new drama series from NBC as the network struggles to find fresh hits from a costly reinvestment in scripted programing.

"The Cape," a heavily-promoted, modern take on superheroes, gets its two-hour premiere on Sunday on NBC.

"Harry's Law" is the newest entry in a crowded field of law and crime shows on U.S. TV, but under Emmy-award winning writer Kelley it takes a different angle on justice. There's not a lot of traditional courtroom drama, and none of the power suits and posh offices usually seen in TV legal series.

In addition, Bates plays an anti-hero who gets a fresh start on her career by opening a walk-in office in an abandoned shoe store.   Continued...