Despite the whole Wonder Woman fiasco -- although it still hopes to find life on another network...any network -- David E. Kelley still makes successful television shows. The man behind Ally McBeal and Boston Legal seems to find his greatest success in the courtroom, so it's no surprise that his Harry's Law made the jump to a second season, and they just lined up a great guest star for the first three episodes.
So just who is coming aboard for this exciting guest mini-arc for the season two opener(s)? None other than Dr. Octopus himself, Alfred Molina. The amazing character actor was last seen as a detective on Law & Order: Los Angeles, but, as TV Line reports, "this time around, the actor will be on the other side of the legal system, playing a man who stands accused of murdering his wife." The case will span the first three episodes of the new season.
It's also worth noting that Kathy Bates, the star of Harry's Law -- as, well, Harry -- was forced to give up her recurring role on the NBC comedy, The Office, in order to continue her duties on this blossoming quirky law-procedural. Bates played the CEO of Sabre, the company that owns Dunder Mifflin Paper, and will be replaced by the best cameo appearance from last season's finale, Robert California, aka Mr. James Spader. Oddly enough, Spader's last acclaimed role came in a Robert E. Kelley TV show (the aforementioned Boston Legal)... so it seems everything is coming full circle. And good news all around, really.
Harry's Law returns Wednesday, Sept. 21st at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Here's the synopsis from NBC's website:
Harriet "Harry" Korn (Kathy Bates, "Misery," "About Schmidt") doesn't believe things happen for a reason, but she discovers that they sometimes do. A curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer, Harry is abruptly fired from her blue chip law firm, forcing her to search for a fresh start. She finds it when her world unexpectedly collides, literally, with Malcolm Davies (Aml Ameen, "Kidulthood"), a kind-hearted college student who desperately needs Harry's help with his pending court case, and he subsequently goes to work for her.