The Kathy Bates legal dramedy "Harry's Law" barely squeaked into Season Two, given its lowest ratings and luke-warm critical reception. And part of the plan to bring it back big is, as usual, a revamp (removing at least some of the elements that made it marginally interesting, like a legal office in a bad neighborhood's shoe store, or Brittany Snow as a paralegal). Mark Valley ("Boston Legal," "The Human Target," "Fringe") is in as a new lawyer, Jean Smart has a recurring role as shark-like opposing counsel, and‘«Űbest of all‘«ŰBroadway star Karen Olivo is now working for Harry in her fancy new office.
It's wonderful to see Olivo on a regular basis. She's made the rounds of all the 'classy' TV shows already‘«Űguest shots on "Criminal Minds," "The Good Wife," and all three "Law & Orders" at one time or another. (In fact, you can catch her "L&O: SVU" appearance on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8P on USA). She's smart, she's gorgeous, she carries a kind of snap and energy that's sadly lacking in most TV 'stars,' and it's about time she got noticed by the gazillion of TV viewers who don't know a Tony from a Toyota. But‘«™
‘«™she doesn't get to sing. Or dance. At all.
There's a strange tradition in network (and cable) TV to pull the very best actors that Broadway has to offer and plunk them into TV frames where they never get to do the things that got them noticed in the first place. Sara Ramirez, who won a Tony for "Spamalot"‘«Ű"Spamalot," no less!‘«Űdid two or more seasons on "Grey's Anatomy" before the infamous "dream" episode where we actually heard her sing for one whole episode in a row. And though she's no Tony winner, Kristin Chenowith had done two or three series before she got to sing once (once!) on "Pushing Daisies" and later "Glee." Martha Plimpton has been nominated for more Tony Awards than we can count, including "Pal Joey," but has yet to show off on "Raising Hope." Marc Anthony just did more than a season on TNT's "HawthoRNe" without so much as humming a tune.