TV suspense

NBC recently cancelled Harry’s Law.  Why did the network do this?  Was it because the show was unpopular?  Did it have no sponsors?  Had its writers run out of steam and couldn’t come up with another reason for Tommy Jefferson to toot his own horn? Could they find no case on which Cassie could practice her passionate reasoning?  Were there no pretty girls for Adam to desire?

No.  NBC cancelled the show because the audience is too old.

Harry’s Law: Stars and NBC Chair on Cancellation

NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said, “It was a difficult decision. Everyone here respects Harry’s Law a lot but we were finding it hard to grow the audience for it. Its audience skewed very old. It’s hard to monetize that.”

Very old?  Ouch.  Rub that salt in.


Harry’s Law’s old fans have decided that if NBC wants to make them unhappy, the fans might show NBC the depth of their old feelings, all the way down to the old ground.

Harry’s Law protest: Save Our Soles

“Harry’s Law” fans are being asked to send a pair of shoes to NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt Thursday to protest his decision last month to cancel the drama.


It may be too late for the protest to convince the people at NBC, the people who ration out programs that keep us in our seats until the commercials drive onto the screen, that old people have money to spend, too, but I don’t think the move endeared the network to the audience of legal-beagle-drama fogeys.

Is it too much to hope that CBS will develop a quality world for Ms. Bates to charm us from?

It must happen with every generation that the icons and heroes of one’s youth (or younger years) die.  Even though we’re all perfectly aware that no one goes on forever, each announcement is a shock.  I’m guessing that in their later years, the actors and actresses slow down, and not as many acting roles come their way.  Poor health might also keep the spotlight from continuing to shine on them, so they fade from view.  Then comes the press release that they’re gone.  Each time it happens, we feel the loss of another cultural touchstone.

This time we lost Peter Falk, so famous as Columbo.  My condolences to Mr. Falk’s family.

I’ve already watched the series Rosemary and Thyme on PBS, but I’ll probably ask for the DVD set for either a birthday or Christmas present because the series is a mystery, and the theme is gardening, and Felicity Kendal is one of the stars.  I enjoyed Pam Ferris’s work in the series as well, but it’s Felicity’s performances I enjoyed for so many years on Good Neighbors (US title) /The Good Life (UK title).

  • Rosemary and Thyme: Death in the Garden, Mystery Scene
    Try Rosemary & Thyme. That’s former horticultural lecturer Rosemary Boxer and ex-cop Laura Thyme who solve murders and rein in wayward gardens on each episode of the British series, which ran for three seasons on PBS.

Scenes from Rosemary & Thyme – Series 2 Episode 6 – The Italian Rapscallion

The moving, talking lion answering … thing … in Tim Guinee’s quirky private eye’s kitchen had me absolutely in stitches.  I’d say I want one, but I wouldn’t be able to get through a conversation for laughing so hard.

I really like the Guinee character, especially since I think Blake, the other ‘new’ PI, is nasty.  Scott Porter does a good job at being a bad guy — but I don’t think he can compete against Guinee’s character, especially with a plush toy lion whose head and mouth move making the lion appear to be talking in the caller’s voice.  That was inspired.

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