I have good news for fans of David E. Kelley’s pantheon of legal dramedies. Not one but two stars of The Practice are set to guest on DEK’s’s new NBC series, Harry’s Law (premiering Monday).
Harry’s Law stars Kathy Bates as a disenfranchised patent lawyer who sets up shop in a rough nabe after getting canned by her firm. The Practice alumni paying the new show a visit are Steve Harris, whose episode airs January 31, and Camryn Manheim (whose appearance has not yet been scheduled).
Interestingly, neither actor is reprising their role from The Practice — Eugene and Eleanor. Instead, Kelley tells TVLine, “They’re playing completely different characters” — a convict up for parole and an assistant DA, respectively.
In fact, Harry’s Law might not ever be visited by other David E. Kelley characters. For one, DEK is in no rush to go the crossover route. And secondly, having Harris and Manheim on as other people would effectively preclude Practice lawyers from entering this new universe (which, by the way, is rooted in Cincinnati).
“And by eliminating The Practice [from consideration], that eliminates Ally McBeal, since we crossed over those worlds,” Kelley explains. “And we also crossed The Practice and Boston Public, so I guess that one’s out the window too.”
Similarly, Boston Legal was directly born of The Practice, so its colorful characters are also out of the running.
Regardless, Harry’s Law promises typically quirky David E. Kelley goodness in its own right. Nate Corddry (The United States Of Tara) and Brittany Snow (American Dreams) work alongside Baker’s title character, who works out of a storefront law firm-slash-shoe store (yes, really!).
Will you be checking the show out on Monday night?