8. Fairly Legal (USA) and Harry’s Law (NBC): Welcome to the courtroom drama’s post-Law & Order-era. Unlike the L&O view of the legal system, which values the system above all else, Sarah Shahi’s Kate on Fairly Legal and Kathy Bates’ Harriet on Harry’s Law value justice over the rule of law (the system doesn’t necessarily always convict the guilty or defend the helpless the way it ought), so these two crusaders go about delivering that justice in their own idiosyncratic ways. The method employed Shahi’s Kate is a wily combination of flirtation and formal mediation—she helps people talk through their problems rather than clogging the legal system with endless briefs—while Bates’ Harriet represents her indigent clients in court using the tricks she picked up when she was a highly paid patent lawyer. Both broads are smart and funny, and both series are brightly written and well-stocked with charming supporting characters. (Gerald McRaney and BSG’s Michael Trucco stand out on Legal, Brittany Snow and Rob Corddry are both fab over on Law.) In short, if you’re looking for a new legal lady in your life, Kate, Harry or both will serve you quite well, thank you very much.
From Ted Linhart at USA Network
The title of our new series Facing Kate has been changed to FAIRLY LEGAL. BREAKING SCHEDULING NEWS: WHITE COLLAR returns Tue Jan 18 at 10p. ROYAL PAINS Thu Jan 20 at 9p and FAIRLY LEGAL Thu Jan 20 at 10p. Times ET
TV Guide as their new list of “Must see TV” out and Facing Kate made their list!
– And USA has cut the order for upcoming series Facing Kate from 12 to 10 episodes because of scheduling reasons. The series, originally slated for a Q4 debut, will now launch in Q1 2011.
Susan Gittins, a journalist in Vancouver, posted some awesome photos of Sarah and the Facing Kate cast on set.