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?

  • Ultima

    “Omm nom nom” -C.B.

  • The Mike Factor

    The cancellation bear is probably overwhelmed with Chelsea, Kathy Bates, Amanda Peet (Bent), The BFFS, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

  • Max Vrany

    Gloat post alert!

  • Bunny

    LoL! Harry’s Law is trending on twitter

  • Ultima

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

    If the show hadn’t been canceled, then one of the pilots wouldn’t have been picked up, and all of those people would have lost their jobs.

    Why do you hate the newly employed?!

  • gregg

    Wow, that bear is cold-blooded

  • RobertTaylor


    A pilot has 40% less staff than a regular, ongoing TV show.

  • _JC

    Heh, I was wondering where the Bill Gorman gloat post was.

  • Bill Gorman

    “Gloat post alert!”

    Considering the bear would’ve been hunted mercilessly had this gone the other way, the bear deserves it.

    “Heh, I was wondering where the Bill Gorman gloat post was.”

    Was AFK, had to call it in remotely!

  • Holly


    Then it will be easy the Harry’s Law crew to apply to all the new shows and fill up that other 60%.

  • and

    Such a hated show on this site.

  • Max Vrany

    You shouldn’t have to gloat about getting to live. :smile:

  • SmG

    Hahahaha I was sure this post will come :D Congrats TVBTN :)

  • Bill Gorman

    “Such a hated show on this site.”

    Hated? Hardly. That’s a crazy fan interpretation.

    In HL’s case, we just pointed out the obvious, contrary to crazy fan wishes.

  • The Original J

    Any chance we could watch Kathy Bates fight an actual bear? I’d pay to see that.

  • RobertTaylor


    I know they’ll get new jobs (hopefully)…but it’s still a huge, dicky move to mock them and kick them when they are down.

  • SarahL

    Harsh rubbing it in like this, Bill, but it made me smile.

  • Max Vrany

    @Bill Gorman, New site disclaimer: “We tell you the truth. It’s not our fault if it hurts you in anyway.”

  • Alrighty Roo

    This makes up for Whitney proving faster than expected. I’m sure the bear will get you next year Whitney so get running!

  • SalaciousCrumb

    da bears !!

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