David E. Kelley, the New England native behind such Boston-based shows as “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Legal” and “Boston Public” is back with the new NBC legal comedy-drama, “Harry’s Law.” The show, which premiered in January, stars Kathy Bates as the quick-witted title character who leaves her ho-hum career as a patent lawyer to open a criminal defense lawfirm in a rundown, Cincinnati shoe store.
Although “Harry’s Law” is not set in New England, the cast features Massachusetts native Nate Corddry as young attorney, Adam Branch. Corddry, is from Weymouth and was recently featured in the Improper Bostonian.
“Harry’s Law” creator, writer and executive producer, Kelley can boast deep New England roots. He was born in Waterville, Maine, grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts and his father is legendary Boston University hockey coach, Jack Kelley. He is known for setting many of his shows in Boston.
Kelley recently revealed that he promised himself after “Boston Legal” he would never do another legal show, but was anxious to write a topical show that touched upon the country’s economic recession.
“I felt the economic times had changed so dramatically that I’d like to get a voice in these more desperate times. That gave rise to the idea of touching on disparity of wealth in this country.”
Next, Kelley is penning and producing NBC’s “Wonder Woman” reboot. Production has already started on the show starring “Friday Night Light’s” Adrianne Palicki as the superhero and Elizabeth Hurley as villain, Veronica Cale.