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.
Sarah’s new USA show now has a Twitter so make sure you follow @FairlyLegal.
We’re almost there with the premiere. January 2011 can’t get here soon enough. I need my Sarah fix.
The Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery is updated with some new photos from the TV Guide Hot List Party.
Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery > Events > 2010 > 11-8-10: TV Guide Magazine’s 2010 Hot List Party
The Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery is updated with some new photos of Sarah, who attended the Links of London event in Los Angeles last night.
Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery > Events > 2010 > 10-28-10: Cat Deeley for Links of London’s A/W 2010 Launch
The Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery is updated with new photos from the Anti-Defamation League Awards Dinner last night in LA.
Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery > Events > 2010 > 10-07-10: Anti-Defamation League Awards Dinner