The majority of the time, the cancelation of a TV series is justified. There are occasions when very good TV shows get unjustly axed. I still miss shows like “FlashForward,” “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” and “Firefly.”
“Harry’s Law,” starring Kathy Bates, was one of those shows that got unjustly canceled. It didn’t attract the young audience that the networks covet, but it did have a strong following of older viewers. In this day of slipping network ratings, any viewers should be embraced.
I did an interview with Nate Corddry, who played Adam Branch on the legal drama, just a few days after the cancelation. Corddry is one of the voice talents working on the new Disney XD animated series “Tron: Uprising.”
“I really can’t understand why they canceled us,” Corddry says. “We were the number one rated scripted show on NBC.”
Only reality competition programs like “The Voice” were drawing more viewers.
I like “Harry’s Law” but the first season was far better than the second. It was a quirky show when it was set in a small law office/shoe store. The move to big corporate offices turned the show into just another legal drama. Here’s the kicker. It was NBC executives who suggested the change.
Even with the changes, it was a solid show that should not have been killed. No matter the reason for ending the show, Corddry and the rest of the cast of “Harry’s Law” deserved better treatment.