Kathy Bates set to de­liver more of ‘Harry’s Law’

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

Q: Will “Harry’s Law,” star­ring Kathy Bates, be re­turn­ing to TV? Mary Ann Raines,

Edge­wa­ter, Md. A: It al­ready has, since NBC has added re­peats of the first-sea­son episodes back into its Mon­day lineup, of­fer­ing ev­i­dence why Bates is a cur­rent Emmy nom­i­nee for the show (for out­stand­ing lead ac­tress in a drama se­ries). The pro­gram be­gins new episodes in a Wed­nes­day slot Sept. 21, and some cast­ing changes will be ev­i­dent.

Brit­tany Snow has left the se­ries, and Mark Val­ley (“Hu­man Tar­get”) — who pre­vi­ously worked with “Harry’s Law” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer David E. Kel­ley on “Bos­ton Legal” — will be­come a new co-star, as will Tony Award win­ner Karen Olivo (“West Side Story”). And Christo­pher McDon­ald is be­ing upped to co-star sta­tus in his con­tin­u­ing role as

Tommy Jef­fer­son.

Q: Who was the ac­tor who played Jane Riz­zoli’s love in­ter­est in the sea­son pre­miere of “Riz­zoli & Isles”? What else has he

ap­peared in?

Mary Dobin­ski, Grand Junc­tion, Colo. A: He’s Bri­tish-born Chris Vance, who starred a cou­ple of sum­mers ago in the Fox se­ries “Men­tal.” He’s also had roles on such se­ries as “Dex­ter,” “Burn No­tice” and “Prison Break,” and in Aus­tralia — where he found a lot of work be­fore com­ing to Amer­ica — he was fea­tured in the shows “All Saints,” “The Se­cret Life of Us” and “Stingers.” Q: Did ABC re­ally can­cel “V”?

Colleen Ritchie, Day­tona Beach, Fla. A: Yes, it re­ally did. From the start, the rat­ings were less than the net­work de­sired from the re­boot of the 1980s sci-fi minis­eries — and it wasn’t an in­ex­pen­sive show to make, un­doubt­edly adding to the de­ci­sion to dis­con­tinue it af­ter two sea­sons. “V” purists should be happy to know that the sec­ond and fi­nal round will be avail­able Oct. 18 on DVD

and Blu-ray.

Q: Are any of the ac­tors on “Two and a Half Men” ac­tu­ally do­ing their own singing in the theme song? I be­lieve I can de­tect the voices of An­gus T. Jones and Jon Cryer.

Bar­bara Fosler, Glen Burnie, Md. A: To re­visit a mat­ter cov­ered here many times, no, none of the show’s stars are do­ing the singing. Jones him­self con­firmed that for us some time ago. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see whether a new ver­sion is recorded for the up­com­ing sea­son of the CBS sit­com, since as is well-known by now, Ash­ton Kutcher is re­plac­ing Char­lie Sheen. But who knows? Kutcher mag­i­cally might have the same “singing voice” as Sheen.

Q: Please tell us when new episodes of “Crim­i­nal Minds” will start and whether Mandy Patinkin will be in the cast.

Q: Who is the ac­tor who played Ma­jor Mitchell in “In­de­pen­dence Day”?

Nancy Gold­stone, Stu­art, Fla. A: The crime drama be­gins its sev­enth year Sept. 21 on CBS, and we can say with rea­son­able cer­tainty that Patinkin will not back on the show.

Judy Cox, Cen­ten­nial, Colo. A: You likely don’t watch the NBC se­ries “Chuck.” It’s Adam Bald­win, who has played spy John Casey for the past four sea­sons and has a fifth and fi­nal one com­ing up. He also has been in the shows “Fire­fly,” “The Cape,” “The In­side” and “Day Break.” Among his other movies are “Full Metal Jacket” and “Next of Kin,” but one of his best-known roles re­mains his first: the hulk­ing ti­tle char­ac­ter in the 1980 film “My Body­guard.”

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Kathy Bates was nom­i­nated for an Emmy award for best ac­tress in a drama se­ries for her role in “Harry’s Law.”

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