Kathy Bates’ “Harry’s Law” may have survived its critical drubbings to become NBC’s most-watched drama, and it may have netted Bates an Emmy nomination — but that doesn’t mean smooth-sailing ahead for the David E. Kelley show, since it’s been moved to Wednesday nights opposite tough competition.
“We try not to think about that, but of course to some extent, you can’t avoid it,” notes Christopher McDonald, whose media hound lawyer character, Tommy Jefferson, becomes a full-time regular this season. “I miss our 10 o’clock Monday night thing. We’ll see how ‘Playboy Club’ does there. We’re up against Simon Cowell’s new show (“X Factor”), but I think our audience is a different audience,” he adds. They also must contend with “Modern Family” and “Criminal Minds.”
“Harry’s Law” returns Sept. 21, fortified by guest stars Jean Smart, as a prosecutor, and Alfred Molina, as a man accused of murdering his wife, in a three-episode storyline. Handsome Mark Valley of Kelley’s old “Boston Legal” is also aboard.
And then there’s Tommy Jefferson, who moves into upstairs office space in the same shoe store building as Harriet “Harry” Korn.
“She tolerates Tommy, and Tommy really admires her. He’s really connected to her that way. It’s terrific to have the kind of repartee that David writes for us,” McDonald adds. “It’s great chemistry. He’s writing a beautiful heart for this guy.”
But as for whether their electricity will turn into a full-on crush, the actor says he can only speculate. “Sometimes I think David is writing us toward that end, sometimes I don’t. I would love it. They may dance a little, get a little intimate in their conversations sometimes. Tommy really adores her, but he also takes prosittutes, so have no idea where David is going.”