‘Harry’s Law’ likely for retrial

The Daily Herald - TV Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Q: Will they be bring­ing “Harry’s Law” back at a later date, or is it fin­ished for good? They haven’t had it on the air long enough to get a fol­low­ing. Anna White, Youngstown, Ohio A: Ac­tu­ally, they have ... and that’s good news. NBC was very im­pressed with the rat­ings for the Kathy Bates-star­ring, David E. Kel­ley-pro­duced law drama, so it kept the show on the air longer than in­tended for its ini­tial run. It’s vir­tu­ally as­sured of be­ing re­newed for an­other sea­son in May.

Q: Could we have the rea­son for the end­ing of “The Closer”?

Betty MacCoon, Ca­mano Is­land, Wash. A: Very sim­ply, se­ries star Kyra Sedg­wick be­lieves seven sea­sons is enough for her, and TNT and Warner Bros. Tele­vi­sion didn’t want to — or didn’t think the show could — con­tinue in the se­ries’ present form with­out her. Its fi­nal round be­gins July 11. A po­ten­tial spinoff is in the works; in prepa­ra­tion for it, Mary Mc­Don­nell is join­ing “The Closer” for its last stand.

Q: What hap­pened Cape”? Will it re­turn soon? Joan Way­man, Ch­e­sa­peake, Va. A: In a word, no. For starters, NBC re­duced the episode or­der for the ad­ven­ture se­ries that starred David Lyons as a crime fighter. As the show went along, NBC cut the run from 13 episodes to “The any­time to 10 ... and the fi­nal show didn’t even make it on the air. It was posted on www.nbc.com for any loy­al­ists who wanted to see how the saga turned out. All of that points to “The Cape” not re­turn­ing, at least not on NBC.

Q: Can you tell me if the pro­gram “Bos­ton Med” will be back on the air? I have been in one of those hos­pi­tals, and I found it a very in­ter­est­ing show.

Tena Smith, Durham, Maine A: The suc­ces­sor to ABC’s sim­i­larly themed hos­pi­tal re­al­ity se­ries “Hop­kins,” “Bos­ton Med” won’t have a re­turn en­gage­ment this year. How­ever, next up in the ABC News-pro­duced fran­chise will be a seven-part pro­gram by the same pro­ducer that pro­files em­ploy­ees and pa­tients at New York-Pres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal. Now be­ing made, the show is ex­pected to de­but in the spring or sum­mer of 2012.

Q: I’m a huge fan of “Riz­zoli & Isles.” If it was such a hit for the net­work, why would only 13 episodes be or­dered for the com­ing sea­son in­stead of the usual 22 or so?

Tom Marchand, Den­ver A: As we have pointed out many times, a broad­cast net­work show’s sea­son is not the same as a cable net­work show’s sea­son. In most cases, the over­all bud­get is less in cable, which is why such net­works or­der fewer episodes of a se­ries per sea­son. That is the case with “Riz­zoli & Isles,” which will be­gin run­ning 10 new sum­mer episodes when it re­turns July 11.

Q: Will “The Good Guys” be back? It was my fa­vorite new show of the sea­son.

Sue Dean, Palm Beach Gar­dens, Fla. A: That’s a “no.” Fox had enough faith in the Bradley Whit­fordColin Hanks se­ries to carry it from be­ing a sum­mer of­fer­ing last year straight into the fall lineup, but in De­cem­ber, the net­work handed the show its can­cel­la­tion no­tice.

Q: I was watch­ing the Columbia Pic­tures logo, and I was struck by the re­sem­blance of the torch­bearer to the ac­tress Bev­erly Gar­land. Is this a pos­si­bil­ity, or just a fig­ment of my imag­i­na­tion? Tom Wether­ald, Wester­ville,

Ohio A: Good try, but the im­age of the Columbia “lady” wasn’t based on the late Gar­land. There are three op­tions, de­pend­ing on which story you buy into ... and in fact, all three could be true, ac­cord­ing to the web­site Reel Clas­sics (www. reel­clas­sics.com). Bette Davis claimed in her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy that an ac­tress named Clau­dia Dell was the model for the long-fa­mous logo. An­other tale has it that Amelia Batch­ler, who had mi­nor roles in a num­ber of Columbia films, was the inspiration. And yet an­other ver­sion has Jane Bartholomew, who also was an ex­tra in a num­ber of Columbia re­leases.

Send ques­tions of gen­eral in­ter­est via e-mail to tvpipeline@tri­bune.com. Writers must in­clude their names, cities and states.

Kathy Bates and “Harry’s Law” are ex­pected back on NBC in May.

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