The Cancellation Bear Wishes Kathy Bates Well, As 'Harry's Law' Is Canceled

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May 11th, 2012

After NBC's lowest rated show still on the air, Harry's Law, was canceled as expected, TV by the Numbers' beloved cancellation bear wanted to wish his "friend" Kathy Bates all the best after devouring the show.


Update: For those who didn't want to click the link above, here's a bit of the history between HL and the bear:

A bit of hub bub while I was off last week, as Kathy Bates, the star of NBC's Harry's Law, vented publicly about not liking the fact that adults 18-49 ratings determine TV show success in broadcast primetime (and have since the 1970's), and took our very own cancellation bear to task in an article.

“Some of these people are just so stupid. I don’t even get it…. All [they] talk about is the blessed [18-49] demo this, demo that, and how the cancellation bear is gonna eat us and all that stuff. So we’ll see. We’ll just see.”

The only thing our cancellation bear likes more than devouring low rated shows is getting a public shout out from an Academy Award winner. It's better to be known, than loved!

Joining Ms. Bates in her anger over the way ad supported broadcast television works was the Executive Producer ofHarry's Law, Bill D'Elia, who gave us his own shout out:

Nobody cares what we think Mr. D'Elia.

Problem is, the folks selling the advertising at NBC think the same way we do...

Update: I hadn't realized that near the same time as the original tweet above, Bill D'Elia also followed up with this one:

Misinformed? Ignorant? Kathy is right?

Reality's a bitch isn't it Mr. D'Elia?

  • luisl


  • Kathy

    Well this frees her to come back to The Office next season and pound the nails in its coffin as well.

  • zerg

    bon appétit

  • Rob3008

    Keep it classy TVBTN!

  • Kie

    I would pay good money to watch TVBTN vs. Kathy Bates. :D

  • Dan

    LMFAO this is too funny

  • sofaslug

    Awww… you go cancellation bear… NBC has given you a feast today, Kathy Bates AND Chelsea Handler what a delicious combo

  • Ray

    The show that pulls in the most viewers is also the “lowest rated” according to the current system. Something is VERY wrong with the TV advertising paradigm. And no, I am not a disgruntled senior citizen but a 20-something grad student

  • SVU: Fringe Division

    If I EVER meet the Cancellation bear, he will become a carpet in my living room. :)

  • Chris

    So sad that the cancellation bear now goes into hibernation for yet another summer no doubt wondering what delicious new NBC shows will be on his radar screen come this fall. As for returning series, I wonder if the bear will find Whitney as a great snack.

  • me

    I’ve seen a few episodes of this show. and I thought it was pretty good! Kathy Bates was great, and so was the rest of the cast.

  • Jason

    Oh, that’s rich. Goes to show, when you expect more from the dolts who run NBC, you’ll be burned every time.

    Hope they’re content with last-place, because that’s where they will continue to reside for a loooooooooooooooong time.

    Crow tastes good, btw.

  • J.G.

    The Cancellation Bear better enjoy this victory before Dana Delany tranquilizes it

  • jamie


  • The Yipster

    Yum…the law has never tasted so good!

  • Kenny

    You guys are ASSH___S!!

  • Melanie


  • SVU: Fringe Division

    Also My only regrets are

    A. Not being a Neilsen Family
    B. Always joining HL 30 min into the show because I usually don’t get home until after 7 CT on sundays

  • tvfreak

    Well, that’s okay. Now when 2.5 Men gets renewed we could probably get more Kathy Bates as the ghost of Charlie being forced to inhabit the body of an old broad with a nut sack! :D Yeah, if that doesn’t make sense to you either, I feel your pain.

  • RobertTaylor

    Wow, way to be a dick about 80 people losing their jobs.

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