Exclusive: Harry's Law Parts Ways With Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen

The jury is in, and it appears neither Brittany Snow nor Aml Ameen will be a part of the second season of Harry’s Law.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that Snow and Ameen have parted ways with the show in what an insider describes as a “mutual decision” with producers. Both actors have been invited to return as guest stars.

The NBC legal dramedy from David E. Kelley opened strong at midseason and with decent numbers throughout its freshman run — and opposite heavy (and sexier) hitters Castle and Hawaii Five-0 — made a case for renewal. Yet along the way, it could be argued, it never knew quite what to do with Jenna and Malcolm, the secretary and street kid-turned-paralegal respectively played by Snow and Ameen.

Still accepting cases at Harriet’s Law & Fine Shoes are series lead Kathy Bates and Nate Corddry.

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  1. dfafdes says:

    They were my favourite part of the show!!!!!!!!! They lost me as a viewer!!

    • Rock Golf says:

      Wow, David Kelley dropped the two youngest and best looking characters in his production because he couldn’t figure out what to do with them? Who saw that coming?

      Oh, other than anyone under 40 in the opening credits of Boston Legal.

      • AJ says:

        Damn, I never thought about that. The young ones on Boston Legal did seem to come and go rather quickly.

      • karin says:

        what is gonna happen when you are no longer young, and if you are good looking now, your looks go? does that mean you should drop off the earth? are you that shallow and without depth of soul? ewwww

        • Cash says:

          Join a gym. Stay fit and active. I’ve met 50 year old women that could give 20 somethings a run for their money.

          Besides, Ageism works both ways honey.

      • diana says:

        I miss both of them as well as the shoe store. Love the show but would very much like to see them and the original shoe store back…

        • Deb says:

          I agree with diane. I will miss them both. Loved the 1st season format and characters. I will not be watching the show and have taken it off of my dvr schedule. They lost 2 viewers, my husband feels the same way.

        • DEE BASSETT says:


        • Mags says:

          I agree – I much prefer the shoe store as their home base – different from the other shows – now they seem the same with the pricey offices!

        • Lee says:

          I agree. The old format was better. The shoe store made this law show different than the others. The former cast made the show more interesting as well. Probably won’t watch it as much, or at all now.

        • cas says:

          I agree! I loved the shoe store thing, being protected by the gang. I miss the 2 young actors too. Please bring it back to the feel of season one!

        • Val says:

          I totally agree with diana! This show has lost a lot of it’s spark – although I do love Kathy Bates! – bring back Brittney Snow and the shoes!!! I also loved the character of Malcolm and thought he was a positive role model for young kids out there! Shame on David Kelley!

      • Brenda says:

        I am really leaning toward watching something else. I looked so forward to the new season, and where is all the staff? what happened to the small firm? Why are these changes taking place? I don’t like it at all. And I am very sad because I loved that show. Now I don’t know. Put it back the way it was. Everyone worked together, and everyone made a impact on that show. I am so sad. :(

        • Jack says:

          I’m really sorry to see them go. The original premise was refreshing and the show store concept made it stand apart. I’m afraid it’s turning into just another Lawyer show. Since I stopped watching those years ago, I’m sure after a few more episodes when it becomes same old same old I’ll regretfully stop watch Harry. Too bad I really enjoyed last year.

          • Donna O says:

            I 100% agree with your comments. My thoughts exactly. It looks just like every other lawyer show now. I am very disappointed.

        • DEE BASSETT says:


          • Wanda says:

            I do not think the people making the decisions care or they would not have changed a show that was a winner. This show was the only thing I watched on NBC. I tried watching two episodes, I am done with the whole network. Bye NBC

      • joan says:

        why change something that is working and use these characters for the ones that are new on the show? these characters made the show.

    • shocked says:

      This is a shock. They were the best on the show. They need to get them back. I like the shoe store. They were better off at the store on the streets then in the loft. Jean Smart is no good for the show, she was better on Hawaii 5 o.

    • Anon says:

      I agree. Without those two characters and the character who played the guy who ‘protected’ them … and without the inner city setting, it’s just another boring legal drama. Those characters and setting were what made this show. Network execs are such boneheads. Of course, god forbid keep the black guys and the interracial dating. I’m sure it was just a ‘coincidence.’

      • helen says:

        They have probably lost me as a viewer. HL was different to say the least. We have enough Law/Order, CSI, etc. on our plates. Change is good and that shoe store setting fit Kathy perfectly. Damien and Harry kept me watching. I knew that the interracial thing would be blown to pieces. (standard operating procedure) I’ll give it a couple of weeks and I’m done with it. I do love Kathy Bates (native Memphian) but I am also aware of great AfroAmerican actors/actresses when I see them at work and Johnny Ray Gill and Aml Ameen are assets to anybody’s show!!

        • moreno says:

          They have lost me as a viewer! I loved seeing Aml and he was such a good actor. The lack of a Black cast member will always turn me away. And i was really excited about the new season…but as of today i will no longer watch it. I loved the inner city feeling….it was great! But i’m done…

        • Karen says:

          ‘No God do not take the young ones!’ It is sad to see them go, they gave the show a special spark. I think the show has made a bad mistake letting them go. It would have been great to see how “Harry” could have molded them and they could become more than the sum of their parts. Put them back where they belong!! The show needs that youthful touch as well as the touch of experience.

        • Becky says:

          I agree. I finally went digging around after tonight’s episode. I was totally drawn in last spring by the show, now it is another legal drama. Harry Korn will win every time…boring. TV is going to the dogs. This and Parenthood are both off my list. So sad.

        • Kare says:

          Yeah, they were such a diverse group, nuts, another good show down the toilet!

      • Lee Jones says:

        I agree with your comment. Why is it always the black guys that get cut off the shows? I love the small firm feeling they had lady year. I will not be watching this season.

        • Karen says:

          Lee, but they are adding a black woman or do I have that wrong, it just wont be the same with out either of them. I agree it is a dumb move. Kathy Bates character really interacted well with them.

          • Nay says:

            Well Karen, the black women is so fair skin can you really tell? If you look real fast and turn away she looks like a dark haired white women.

          • Z says:

            According to Imdb and Latina.com, Karen Olivo’s father is Native American and Puerto Rican and her mother is Chinese and Dominican.

      • Cynthia says:

        I do not understand why the execs said they did not know what to do with the younger characters. I would think as creative as execs are, Malcom role as a young black male overcoming hard times and making it as a lawyer would have been great.

      • Betsy says:

        I agree with you. With out the diverse characters, both old and young, it is just another boring legal drama. All kinds of people work at law firms including “street kids” and secretary’s that love shoes. That’s what makes life interesting — and it makes TV shows interesting too.

      • Veronica says:

        I totally agree with Anon. Doesn’t feel the same without those 3 characters. I think they’re replacing Law & Order since NBC lost them.

    • JESSI says:


    • Lavender says:

      Yeppers me also . I am so lost sense they left the shoe store that i just tuned them out what went from a good show to one that has lost viewers So sad.

    • Suppie says:

      As a fan of the show, I was looking forward to seeing the new season. Half way during the first show I noticed that both the main black male characters were missing. Everyone else was still on the show…but minus the black people. I am sorry but those guys made the show interesting…now Harry’s law is just another “Lawyer” show and I stopped watching.

      • Karen says:

        Looks like all black people in the neighbor hood must have picked up and moved away! A great loss to the public on their departure. BIG BUMMER, Not sure I am going to watch anymore. Just out of protest, because of age and alleged race discrimination.

      • Karen says:

        Suppie, I agee, now it is just another lawyer show. For a show that has tried to educate the public on so many issues, it needs to educate itself on discrimination of age, race or sex. And to stick with what works, if it’s not broken don’t fix it.

    • LL Hughes says:

      What drew me to this show was the unique setting. Lousy neighborhood, versatile cast, hard shell old time, it had everything that was not normally seen in law shows. I liked Boston Legal but for different reasons. I believe that this was a bad decision but then again, I don’t get paid millions of dollars to entertain the public. I still watch but I don’t see it lasting for very long.

      • Karen says:

        Yeah, it was such a unique situation, law firm and shoe store, thugs, that turn into protectors. Loved the whole concept. The CEO’s have lost their minds!

        • Nancy Johnson says:

          My thoughts exactly I find it very disheartening that we still are intimadated by by minorities co-existing with whites unless like soap operas its in a subserviant postion. After 9/11 you think we would realize that it does take a village.

    • Annie says:

      I agree the show was much better last year. I liked the shoe store and the protector. This is another law and order. Ugh. Think they have lost me as a viewer. The only good thing I can say is that Kathy Bates is awesome and I love how the show is so great at showing both sides of the arguement. That said don’t think I need another courtroom drama.

    • Marie says:

      The youngens add a certain spark to the show, hate to see them go.

    • r'nard says:

      I am still in disbelief. It is hard enough to swallow Aml having left, but now Brittany. Unfortunately, this new LARGER and “L-A-Lawish” structure will lose quite a few viewers…including us. The charm of the show and the freshness of the story lines were great especially the shoe/law firm setting. I hope Kathy and the rest enjoy the remaining episodes left.

    • Doc says:

      Well leave it to the hotshot producers and writers! Let Jenna go and you reduce the storyline in half. She added humanity and character to “just another lawyer series”. She was an major reason I watch. Take away Cincinnati and the shoe store, I have no reason to watch. Bates is great, The young associate is great. You could get rid of the 2 other male actors and not hurt a thing…. But Snow…. Snow way!!!!

    • Jerome says:

      why do shows take the best from a show and ruin it by making it an imitation of another show that is no longer on the air what we liked was that it was different and we liked the young new characters that were there I think you guys are scared to take a chance on something new and so we get this rehash.

    • capri says:

      You know what I am so very very happy about- I’m glad it was the young ones that were dismissed rather than the older ones. After all, for quite a while, TV ratings only followed young talentless actors. It wasn’t until Betty White came back on the scene that TV execs saw a rise in interest for older actors. So, Jenny and Ameen will find other jobs. They are young. Let the older actors that have been crafting their craft for some time be employed.
      Hey, this is actually good therapy.

    • Nadia says:

      The show was so much fun as a law office and shoe store. Now, it’s just another legal show; albeit a good one. I sure don’t agree with having the quirky fun youth removed from the show. I’m over 60 and reality is a mix of ages. It’s the youth of a show that gives seniors a smile. I’ll miss Brittany Snow and I think they should bring her back. Losing the shoe store was disappointing, but losing Brittany is very sad. Tommy’s character is always the same. I like him, but there is no surprise in his character. Brittany at least gave a bounce to the show. Let’s not forget the main star – a true star indeed!

    • Jasmine Richards says:

      This is not a good idea, I loved those two characters. Why mess up a good show?

    • Diane Zion says:

      I get very angry when the older actors are dismissed. There is no respect for older people. However, I am angry that Snow and Ameen are being let go. I liked them as a couple. Please, don’t do this!!!

    • Rocky says:

      Great writing, acting, & directing. Bring back Ami, diversity was & is a plus.

    • Rose says:

      I am also disappointed. I missed the 1st episode of the second season. So going into the 2nd I was like what happened? I loved the first season. It was funny and different. The fact that it was in a that particular neighborhood with it’s quirks and regular folks was the charm of the show. I love Kathy Bates, but it is just not the same without the entire original cast. Bring Malcolm and Jenna back and move back to the shoe store!! I used to DVR it whenever I was unable to see it, now if I see okay, if I don’t okay. Bad move people.

    • Bill T says:

      I agree. They brought uniqueness to the show along with an interesting sub-plot. It seems like just another racial/age thing.

    • JoeyZ says:

      I agree these characters put the DEK quirky stamp (which we love) on Harry’s Law. I hope they are creative with Tommy to keep this from being just a Cincinnati version of the Practice ( Good, but done).

    • justin says:

      well losing these two is about the same as taking out Abby or Gibbs in NCIS sure they weren’t the “lead rolls” but they were pretty awesome and large roles and the nice little touch to make the show a bit sweeter and more pleasent

    • Art says:

      The origional Harry’s Law had a nice twist to it a bit different, funny but serrious also. A one of a kind show.
      Harry’s Law is still entertaining and seems to be tackeling more serrious issues, but they lost something with the loss of the younger cast (I am 61 so it’s not an age issue on my part)
      I am not sure I like the expanded Law office, the verdict is still out on that.
      But the show may becoming just another courtroom drama show which are a dime a dozen; NBC: the “Law and Order Network”
      They seem to have a one track mind at NBC, guess that’s why they are number 4.

  2. Elijah says:

    Not surprising, really. Neither character never really seemed to fit in. I do wonder if they’ll bump Christopher McDonald up to a series regular, considering just how much he was in the first season. I can see Kelley doing with this show what he ended up doing with the Boston Legal cast – embracing the older demographic and casting accordingly.

  3. @DannyboyH says:

    Considering Mr Sunshine was canceled they should get Nate Torrence to fill the void and get back to the wackier days of Boston Legal.

  4. kat says:

    I only watched because of brittany snow…I won’t be watching anymore.

    • Jericho says:

      Same here, only ever watched cause of Miss Snow. Not a fan of Kathy Bates, but the combination of Snow, McDonald and Corddry was enough to keep me watching, removing one of them makes the show not worth my time versus other series.

      • karin says:

        have u ever seen kathy bates in any movie? like the movie she was in with james caan that stephen king wrote? she was incredible? look on imbd and look at her early work. she is an incredible actress…always?

        • r0ckmypants says:

          Are you asking whether or not she was incredible? Because every sentence doesn’t end in a question mark? And this isn’t Misery (that movie she was so incredible in over 20 years ago, whose name you couldn’t be bothered to look up or even remember), this is a TV show? And just because someone is a good actress doesn’t mean everyone has to like them?

          • Miffy says:

            They should do a TV version of Misery instead. Every week, she could kidnap a different guest star. That would get the ratings!

          • pgasavvy says:

            My my….aren’t we angry……I didn’t realize how touchy someone would be about using question marks…………..
            I really liked Kathy as Harry and the twist of the laws was refreshing…..hope the show is back at least for another season…

        • Karen says:

          Bravo Kathy Bates, she is a wonderful actress, and Harry’s law has really showcased her talents, but the whole cast played off each other so well, I hope Kathy doesnt loose this show because of poor executive decisions.

    • Joey says:

      ME TOO! I LOVE BRITTANY SNOW…ugh, this is so disappointing.

  5. sarahmk778 says:

    They lost me as a viewer, too. I loved them on the show.

  6. flutiefan says:

    yes i’m bummed! i like Brittany as an actress, and even though they didn’t give her nearly enough to do, i still liked her there.
    and Aml was perfect in his role, and i really looked forward to his storyline developing.
    BOOOOOO to Harry’s Law!

  7. jen says:

    Britney Snow was the reason i watched the show. she was great. i cant picture the show being good without her

  8. Ann says:

    Brittany Snow was half the reason I watched. Jenna was the reason there is even a shoe store!

  9. darklady65 says:

    well that sucks i really liked Brittany Snow’s character thought she was good for Harry with their friendship sigh i guess so….the other one i can careless for really didn’t warm up to him that much and i thought his character was douchey towards the middle and onwards of the season so meh will not miss him at all

  10. David says:

    They were the best part of the show, sorry Harry’s Law but it seems that your slump towards the end of your season will continue all the way to cancellation.

    • karin says:

      do you want all shows that have casts with older people taken off the air? what would you like your mom and dad or grandparents to watch–are you that selfish? there are more of us than there are of you, so expect this show to be on a long time. have fun watching dancing with the stars. so much to learn, like life lessons in those shows.

      • To Karin says:

        Practically every show I watch or have watched in the past have older casts and I’m only in my 20s. The older generation has cast members their age in Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy, and just about every other show on ABC, CBS, and NBC. How dare you call us youngsters selfish when we’re stuck with garbage on The CW and MTV, which is really more focused on teens than people in their twenties. My generation has to settle on shows with an older cast or shows with a cast our age playing high schoolers.

        • helen says:

          Bravo for casting the BabyBoomers in serious roles like The Good Wife. I’m a not so bad looking Boomer, myself and I detest all the shows that continue to exploit these “beautiful-bodied-brainless brats” and call them actors/actresses. They come across more as strippers and exhibitionists, Porn stars don’t show much more of their bodies as these young stars do. The sad thing about it is that they “have to” do it to stay in the spotlight. And that includes those in the music business as well.

      • r0ckmypants says:

        Wow, karin… you’re annoying. Ad money is in younger demographics, so it really doesn’t matter that “there are more of you.” (By the way, one of the dumbest arguments I’ve read on the internet in a long time, which is saying something.) If Harry’s Law were on any network other than the struggling NBC, it would have been canceled.

        P.S. – Dancing with the Stars is just as, if not more, popular with your age group as it is with the younger demos. Your crocheting needles are calling you, karin. Step away from the comment box and answer them.

        • Dave says:

          Gotta argue with the new truth about your first statement. Yes, in the past the ad money has been in the younger demographic, but that is rapidly changing due to one key piece of information you have overlooked: Young people are no longer watching television. When a show is available on the internet, the cell phone, the tablet…the ad dollars are going to those products, not to television demographics, and the numbers are really starting to swing away from that young group that networks used to covet. I’m willing to bet that as the decade continues, we’ll see more and more ads and shows actually on television courting the over 40 set, and that means more thoughtful dramas like this one will have legs that nobody could have expected. Of course, that is assuming the world doesn’t end next December…stupid Mayans.

    • Karen says:

      I am afraid you are rigt David.

  11. sammi23 says:

    Agree with sarahmk778, kat and defades…I’m no longer watching. I only watched for Britney Snow and if she isn’t on it, I’m not watching…there pulling a cbs with ajcook.

    • Cari says:

      Maybe they’ll keep being like CBS with AJ Cook and bring her back by the end of the season. :-)

    • Linda says:

      Won’t watch. Only watched because of Brittany Snow. There was a nice balance between the characters. They should have given Brittany a bigger role or at least something of substance. The role didn’t do her justice.

  12. What?! says:

    I’m bummed about them not being on the show anymore, but it’s not going to make me stop watching. The least they could have done is bump them to supporting characters in the show. I don’t see how the shoe store will survive without Jenna, neither Adam nor Harry can sell shoes to save their lives. Or maybe they’re going to drop the shoe store aspect and just make Harry work in a regular law firm (here’s voting that the show store burns down in the premiere and she has to find a new place to practice law).

  13. Beaglicious says:

    couldn’t care less about Jenna, although I like Brittany Snow. I will miss Malcolm, though. I think he’s integral to the practice and therefore, the show. I’d rather lose Adam’s annoying ex-girlfriend then either Malcolm or Jenna.

    • dave says:

      Wow! I really like Adam’s ex-girlfriend (Jordana Spiro). I was hoping to see her return. Very disappointed she’s not back.

  14. Grace says:

    Wow, what a shame! Agreed that they hadn’t really lived up to their potential yet, but there was SO MUCH potential there, seems like a waste to go cutting them now. Brittany in particular just had such great chemistry with everyone and I felt like she stole every little scene she was given. I was excited to see her character evolve!

  15. jessica says:

    I think i join most everyone else here in saying that i did not watch Harry’s Law & Fine Shoes for old Harry and her law. I watched for the fine shoes Ms Snow’s character offered as counter to the annoying Harry. Without the proprietress of the shoe store the location will probably be changed and then the entire concept of the show will be in shambles. Dominoes. David E Kelley is an idiot to make these changes. Methinks he is trying to ruin his own show just so it will go in the “abruptly cancelled” bin like most everything else of his from the last decade because he just no longer knows what to do when a show gets renewed. Here’s a hint. Harry is the weakest part of the show. She is also the titular character. You’re screwed. Bring back Jenna and Malcolm as guest stars for 22 of 22 episodes and pay Harry to stay out of half of the episodes :)

    • jessica says:

      As a side note i can’t believe that with all the comments about this being a wrong direction for the show that 9 people actually “like”‘d this on Facebook. Harry’s Law & Fine Shoes will have 9 viewers for season 2.

      • Virgil says:

        Oh YES! Spoken from the true gospel, Facebook. Let’s all assume that no one will ever watch the show just because we don’t log on to your loserbook web site and and push the like button. It’s dumb ass websites like facebook that make people in todays society so anti social, people much like yourself.

    • karin says:

      one day you will be as old as kathy bates, hopefully – and then you gonna let people talk that way about you? if you have incredible talent and depth of character, you gonna take the b/s you just wrote and let it pass? if there is a future for you, it includes older. and then what will you do?

      • sarah says:

        Settle down. It’s not about “we hate old ladies!” it’s about destroying the premise of the show and getting rid of HALF THE CHARACTERS that viewers have become attached to. Obviously it’s not that everyone dislikes Kathy Bates or the best shows on television wouldn’t have women over 40 as their leads.

      • jessica says:

        karin, Kathy Bates could be 23 or 93. It is not her age. It is her. And even more so her character. Sure she won an Academy Award. So have other people. She is a cast member of a show that i enjoyed. If there was to be a cast change i would have picked her to go. But for the complexities of getting rid of a titular character i accept that will never happen. Paul McCrane’s character is like Donna on The West Wing. Except Harry is no Josh Lyman. If you want to get picky because i called the character “old Harry” then sure i would welcome people to talk of me like that at that age. Her character is near retirement age so most people would consider it inaccurate to call her young. You did also it would seem miss the context in which i used the word. Old boys’ club. Old Harry. Old Glory. Most people i know would consider it a term of endearment not an insult. Perhaps you would like to come over for tea and a Hot In Cleveland marathon.

        If you do want to get in to ageism then think for a moment what is left of the cast. A guy about 30. Two guys in their 50s and a gal in her 60s. American broadcast networks try to appeal to young people because that is where their revenue from advertisers is mostly to be had. So how does getting rid of the only young cast members aid in appealing to younger people? No matter the show or broadcast network a move like this which removes all young cast members from a show is just odd and doomed.

        Lastly, are you sure i am not older than Kathy Bates?

        • Delly says:

          That is a common misconception. TV shows often target younger audiences because they are harder to get–they don’t watch as much TV as older viewers. The advertisers want *all* the viewers, not just young ones, so many shows try to target all age groups.

          So that means that if a show is only appealing to 22 year olds, advertisers aren’t going to be paying big bucks to be on that show. But if Harry’s Law loses a few 20 year olds but still has a big share in the “18-59” category, it’s still going to do well with advertisers.

  16. Katie says:

    I am sad to read this. They are half the reason I watch this show!

  17. Bmo says:

    Too bad, hopefully the show will be better

  18. AymieJoi says:

    I liked the show a lot, but a lot of why I liked it was Jenna. I never really warmed up to Malcolm and felt he was a bit too whiny and entitled, so I won’t miss him. But the show without Jenna is definitely going to be missing something! I can’t see it lasting past the next season either way. I was pretty surprised it even got a Season 2.

  19. Jeremy says:

    A darn shame. Brittany was the reason I watched the show

  20. Alan Taylor says:

    It’s too bad they have to go. I love the shoe story but I’m for any tap dance that keeps Ms Bates on my flat screen!

  21. Industryfan says:

    What is most disappointing about the timing of this news is that it happens after the conclusion of pilot season…. Im guessing they held these likeable and talented actors, especially Brittany Snow, who is always in high demand, in their contracts until they made these decisions now, essentially preventing them from getting jobs on new series for the coming season. Ive been a fan of Brittany’s since American Dreams, and wish her an even better role in the future!

    • Jasin says:

      Not exactly true. They could have gone out for pilot season and booked any pilot gig. It would have just been in second position to Harry’s Law. So if their contract was picked up, and their pilot was picked up, the pilot would have to recast. Similar to what happened with Daman Wayan Jr on Happy Ending and Fox’s New Girl.

    • Tori says:

      Brittany got permission to go out for pilot season, so in this case, this decision isn’t quite as cruel as it sounds, at least for her, not sure about Aml. Whatever pilot season had to offer didn’t work out for Brittany, but she wasn’t penalized by this decision this time around.

  22. David says:

    I don’t know why everybody hates this decision; I think it’s completely understandable, and will probably improve the show. Snow and Ameen, decent actors, but their characters were fairly limited to begin with, and frankly with Paul McCrane and especially Christopher McDonald being far more interesting characters, why would you keep these seemingly one-note characters that had basically added almost nothing to the plot, especially Snow’s character. I stopped watching the show frankly because they were a little too in Kathy Bates and Nate Cordrey’s character’s way. And why the heck should David E. Kelley write for younger actors if he doesn’t want to? The older actors are almost always more interesting in his shows precisely because they’re full characters that have histories and lived full lives, and that goes all the way back to “L.A. Law,” you people with short memories. It’s not that he can’t write interesting storylines for younger characters, remember all the things he found for Marla Sokoloff’s character to go through in “The Practice”? Frankly, if he makes a good show with an older cast, than I couldn’t care less about the age of the actors. I’m 26 in case anyone’s wondering after my rant here, but I’d say the people watching a show with Kathy Bates as a tough complex interesting character, and even bothering to care about the twenty-something supporting actors should really have their head examined, especially considering how little they added to the show. I don’t think the show is in any way his best, but he’s suddenly a giant step closer by finding the parts that are the most interesting and now he’s gonna run with them, as he should, and any good writer would do. I’m gonna watch the next season of “Harry’s Law,” with great interest to see how this turns out. I don’t know if it’ll save the show ultimately, but heck, he already regained a lost viewer in me at least for an episode next season.

    • karin says:

      you are gonna go really far in this life with your incredible smart thinking. i loved your post.

    • sarah says:

      But there’s also a reason why David E Kelley’s shows peak early and plummet into absolute crap incredibly fast.

  23. Jason Mcleary says:

    I am sorry to hear about Malclom leaving, but Brittany Snow was nails on a chalkboard for me. I was just never a fan of hers. I would LOVE to see Lucy Lui and Portia De Rosse from Ally McBeal days and Bring back the cute little actress Meredith Eaton (aka Bethany!) from Boston Legal!!!!

  24. Me says:

    This makes me sad. While I they didn’t really fit into the first season, they provided I story line I would have liked to follow. I definitely would have liked to develop their characters more than Tommy Jefferson. I also think Harry brining Malcolm into her practice helped establish her character and formed a connection with the new neighborhood.

  25. Tobey Cook says:

    I’m slightly conflicted on this. I loved Brittany Snow’s Jenna but Malcolm wasn’t really a character I thought was very interesting although he did have some promise but the whole relationship between them became kind of forced. I wonder if the show will acknowledge their departure in at least some meaningful way.

    Hopefully they’ll bring in some supporting characters that will add something to the show. David E. Kelley has a pretty interesting pedigree when it comes to writing unique supporting characters so we’ll see what happens.

  26. karin says:

    i am a boomer, so i love kathy bates and i will be watching. david kelley is an amazing writer. we are like 1/3 of the population so mtv people and younger, instead of learning from us older people and the issues we have and had to deal with for you to get where you are, watch your shows. if your civil rights and reproductive rights are taken away, remember your mama and pop or grandma and granpa fought the establishment for those rights for you. one day you will be us and i hope your heroes are not snookie still. time flies after 25, you will see. kathy snow will be a nice looking older woman and you may be bald and fat, but there will always be younger people who don’t think that will ever happen to them. i know i thought older people were yuckie. now i am one, and we aren’t yucky. you will see.

    • flutiefan says:

      what in the world are you talking about? you keep ranting about their ages. why can’t i like Brittany Snow, Aml Ameen AND Kathy Bates?

  27. karin says:

    sorry i meant brittany snow. i had never seen her before.

  28. Sarahliz says:

    David E Kelley knows how to kill a show better than anyone else. Ally McBeal, anyone?

    • sarah says:

      Or the Practice or Boston Legal or Boston Public. All great shows that couldn’t sustain their high quality.

  29. Brandi says:

    I’m very sad to see Brittany Snow leave. She’s the only reason I started watching. I’m not sure if I’ll stick around.

  30. Snsetblaze says:

    Withought Brittany, what is going to happen to the shoes?

    • Tonya says:

      Well, thanks for asking that. I am sitting here thinking, “why did they let the shoes become so integrated into the theme if they were going to take out the girl that made it work?” I liked both the young ones and will miss them when the show returns, but I will be watching because unlike some of the other posters I think Kathy Bates is stellar in her performance no matter what she is doing. She can take a string of one liners and make them human comedy or drama depending on the tilt of her voice inflection. Good show, nearly a great one. I will be looking to see where Miss Snow lands next.

  31. dman says:

    on Boston legal kelley seemed to always be forced to add young characters then did nothing with them… then they would disappear. i like odler characters but come on… what’s his problem with anyone under 30?

  32. DL says:

    I wish Brittany the best, but I never really understood why she was on the show.

  33. Clotilde Soupert says:

    I thought both characters were weak. The point was to provide a counterpoint to Harry—which they did not. Of course the actors did the best they could with what was written for them. Best of luck to both of them.

    What Harry needs is a friend—I suggest a middle-aged woman “of color” who is equally as abrasive as Harry. Not to work for Harry, but to be a regular in Harry’s life.

    • Jasin says:

      Exactly. They never gave Brittany Snow or Aml Ameen much to do and they brought in Tommy Jefferson who really filled the counterpoint to Harry. Make him a regular and maybe another younger female attorney. It’s a law show in the end and any main character that is not a lawyer will hardly ever develop enough. Elaine did it slightly on Ally McBeal but even she was pushed to to the background during and after season 2.

  34. wooster182 says:

    YAY! Snow never really fit. Her performance always came off as fake and wooden. I won’t miss either character. The focus should be on Tommy J, Harry, and the Bug. They are the best parts of the show period.

  35. David says:

    I wonder if this is just dropping them from the main cast to focus more on the other members? I wonder what they mean by guest starring spots if they will be regularly recurring? I think Brittney Snow should have stayed though because her character was pretty much a central figure of the shop. I like David E Kelly and his shows but these are the types of things I never understand. He drops characters too often and without explanation.

  36. Dawn says:

    Wow, you know things are bad when you have a TV show starring the great Kathy Bates, and people swear it off because an actress like Brittany Snow, who was only there for “fluff” anyway, will no longer be on. I always wonder why great shows get cancelled, I guess I can stop wondering now. This thread had been a real eye opener. To the people who are whining about the two young good looking people leaving the show, thanks a lot. It’s people like you that cause the good shows to be cancelled. God forbid there is no young hot girl, or some beefed up guy, I mean really, are you that shallow? Stick to “reality” TV.

    • Courtney says:

      I can’t believe I’m actually responding to a post on here, but I just had to say something. Did it ever occur to you that some of us have grown up watching Brittany Snow (she was fantastic on American Dreams) and enjoy her for more than just her “young hot girl” label that you’ve placed on her? Kathy Bates and David E Kelley have always been hit or miss for me, so the reason I started watching was because I enjoy Brittany Snow. Now that she’s off the show, I don’t know if the story lines and characters will be enough to keep my interest. That doesn’t make me “shallow” nor does it mean I watch reality television (my only weakness on that front is So You Think You Can Dance). It just means that perhaps I have different tastes than you in regards to this particular show. It’s ironic that you accuse posters whom you know nothing about of being “shallow” just because they like a certain actress. And as for shows being canceled, I seem to remember a brilliant television show, with a “young hot girl” as the lead, along with a few “beefed up guys”that got canceled due to low ratings…

  37. Dave says:

    NOOO! Brittany was the entire reason I gave the show a chance to begin with. I love her so!

  38. Robin says:

    Well this makes me upset! I have always liked Brittany Snow. I definitely hope the return as guest stars or maybe change their minds…I mean I think this is probably a bad move for the show considering that those younger actors may have been drawing in some younger viewers…

  39. dvikib says:

    I’m wondering about Christopher McDonald (aka Tommy Jefferson)? At first he got on my nerves but as time went on, I was fascinated by his character as well as the Kathy Bates character, Harry/Harriet. I know McDonald has been signed to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire but I don’t know if that excludes him from Harry’s Law or not.
    I would love to see him come back even if only part time. I liked Brittany and Amyl but I think the show could be fine without them too. It’s all about the writing. I see some comments that Kelley’s other shows deteriorated as time went on. I disagree. I have enjoyed most of his shows, especially Picket Fences, The Practice and Boston Legal from the first day to the last.

  40. EricVonZipper says:

    With this decision: 4 new episodes, then “hiatus.”

  41. Gina says:

    What?! No Malcolm or Jenna?! Malcolm started it all when he jumped from a roof top and landed on Harry. And Jenna, well, who is gonna’ sell the “fine shoes”? The show just won’t be the same without them…

  42. Justin K says:

    HOW STUPID! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!??!?!?! I love Brittany Snow and besides Kathy Bates that was one of the only reasons to watch!

  43. Brett says:

    I’ll miss Malcolm but goodbye Jenna. She had no reason to hang around and her personality was too grating. If she really wanted to run a shoe store why was she a legal secretary in the first place? The character was way to shallow for the importance they were placing
    on the role, and Snow has more to offer than that.

  44. E says:

    I would rather never see Christopher McDonald on the show again, than lose Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen. I actually stopped watching because of him.

    I’m a boomer, and don’t want shows that have only one age group — life is not like that. In the workforce you have many different ages, which is what makes life interesting. Every older person I know who has not enjoyed “housing for the elderly” has said it was because they didn’t want to hang out with a bunch of old people. We need the whole spectrum to keep life interesting.

  45. Brynna says:

    And now the show sucks. I loved those two! I might watch if they bring Jordana Spiro on full time, but without Brtittany I’m pretty much done with it.

  46. Abe Froman says:

    David E. Kelley does this all the time. How many major cast changes did he make on Boston Legal? Spader and Shatner were the only two who survived the entire run of the show.

  47. Miffy says:

    They should replace her with Brittany Spears. That would get the ratings!

  48. Jason says:

    I’m totally fine with this decision. Neither character really had much of an impact. While I did appreciate the humor that Snow brought to the show, she was really unnecessary… I think the show will be retooled a bit. They should get rid of the shoe store angle (which would make sense with Snow’s Jenna character departing) and keep the focus on the lawyers. I’m sure they’ll up Christopher McDonald to series regular. I would also hope they bring back Camryn Manheim’s DA character as a foil for Harry & Co. She was great… Then they can add some interesting younger lawyers/paralegals if they want that young demo. But let’s be honest, the show is for people most likely 30 and older and we care more about good characters and stories than the age of the characters…. And while his character went off the rails and would be hard to redeem, I did enjoy Paul McCrane on the show as well. He grounded his loopy character with heart and great choices and in a lesser actor’s hands, it could’ve been a mess…. All in all, I’m excited that the show got a second season order and I look forward to what Kelley will do to invigorate it.

  49. Jon says:

    Do you guys really not remember how annoying Snow’s character was at the end of the first season. EVERY SINGLE WEEK she was crying about something stupid. She was a terrible character that made me cringe. She was the worst part of the show and glad to see her leave. Malcom however was such a good character that had so much room for growth.

    • Frankie says:

      THANK YOU!!!

    • Wayne says:

      THANK YOU!! You are a lone voice in a wilderness.

      I can’t believe all the positive comments for Brittany Snow. Yes, her character is the reason it’s a shoe store with a law firm, but come on! It’s probably a financial move because it got expensive replacing all the doors that she slammed.

      The thing I dreaded each week was knowing she was either going to be pouting, giving Malcolm the cold shoulder, or storming off to the storeroom and slamming the door. Very annoying.

      Malcolm, I’ll miss.

      I also hope they finally make Christopher MacDonald a regular cast member. Tommy Jefferson is this show’s Denny Crane.

  50. Frankie says:

    The whole show is a big waste of time. I watched a couple of episodes, and frankly, I’m surprised it’s being renewed for a second season. But I never thought Kathy Bates was the problem, she’s good – I thought the very idea that her character had to share an office with a vapid, air-headed blonde sycophant with an overdone love for shoes was completely and utterly STUPID…maybe now that they’ve dropped the dead weight, I’ll come back…