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.

Burp.

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 EW.com 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?

 
  • jamie

    The people losing their jobs can be staffed on a new show. Gosh.

  • Caringtype1(Save Harry!)

    YOU PEOPLE ARE JERKS!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS MY FAVORITE SHOW IN THE ENITRE WORLD AND IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE CRAP EVERY TIME I SAW “CERTAIN TO BE CANCELED”, YOU TAKE THINGS PEOPLE CARE ABOUT AND MAKE FUN OF THEM!!!!!!! I AM NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER COMING TO THIS SITE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ultima

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

    I’d settle for an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch!

  • Ken

    The Truth doesn’t hurt, it STINGS !!

  • Bob

    Figures. NBC is the dumbest network on TV. No wonder they are dying on the vine. They are worthless! Good luck with your stupid 2 million viewers.

  • Alrighty Roo

    “YOU PEOPLE ARE JERKS!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS MY FAVORITE SHOW IN THE ENITRE WORLD AND IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE CRAP EVERY TIME I SAW “CERTAIN TO BE CANCELED”, YOU TAKE THINGS PEOPLE CARE ABOUT AND MAKE FUN OF THEM!!!!!!! I AM NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER COMING TO THIS SITE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Haha.

    So it made you feel bad when they made a sensible prediction that turned out to be correct?

  • GLW

    Sad :( about this cancellation. Kathy Bates was great on 2-1/2 men recently and would love to see a recurring role on that show, but really too bad about Harry’s Law. Loved the show!

  • craigcuk

    While some Schadenfreude is appropriate to aim at the silly tweets by the show runner it should be remembered that Kathy Bayes has a long and successful career in an industry dominated by the cult of appearance.

    She won the Best Actress Oscar for Misery in 1990 and anyone here who hasn’t seen the movie should watch it as an example Tour de Force for playing a low key psychopath.

    I’m not surprised the show was cancelled and stopped watching it after 4-5 episodes of season 1, however a bit of humility here could be in order.

  • Ultima

    @whiny caps lock using douchebag
    YOU PEOPLE ARE JERKS!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS MY FAVORITE SHOW IN THE ENITRE WORLD AND IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE CRAP EVERY TIME I SAW “CERTAIN TO BE CANCELED”, YOU TAKE THINGS PEOPLE CARE ABOUT AND MAKE FUN OF THEM!!!!!!! I AM NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER COMING TO THIS SITE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I understand how you feel. I stopped going to ESPN because they never had the Cubs winning the World Series…

  • DW

    gotta kinda feel a little bad for HL. has twice the total viewers as community and almost the same ratings. and i do say almost.

  • forg

    Kathy Bates deserves better material anyway.

  • Ultima

    @DW
    gotta kinda feel a little bad for HL. has twice the total viewers as community and almost the same ratings. and i do say almost.

    Almost?! Since they returned from hiatus, Community is doing 50% better than Harry’s Law (1.5 vs 0.9).

  • Jenny

    @ Bill Gorman Just a quick question, how is the cancellation bear?

    The cancellation bear has had a lot of work in the last couple of days.
    The cancellation bear is impressive, but every bear has its limits. And I think the cancellation bear has more work to do. I hope the cancellation bear is up to it.
    Or does the cancellation bear get stronger with each canceled show?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@ Bill Gorman Just a quick question, how is the cancellation bear?

    The cancellation bear has had a lot of work in the last couple of days.
    The cancellation bear is impressive, but every bear has its limits. And I think the cancellation bear has more work to do. I hope the cancellation bear is up to it.
    Or does the cancellation bear get stronger with each canceled show?”

    The cancellation bear’s got less than a week to go before his well deserved summer hibernation begins. Let other bears sleep through the winter, our bear sleeps in the summer!

    He’s got to get ready for 2012-13!

  • Ultima

    Community is doing 50% better than Harry’s Law (1.5 vs 0.9).

    Err, 67%…

  • KJ Styles

    @RobertTaylor- “Wow, way to be a dick about 80 people losing their jobs.”

    PLEASE!!! Kathy Bates can get a new job TOMMORROW if she wants one (provided she doesn’t already have one). And I’m certain that the writers and producers have other projects going on. I don’t feel sorry for them. Especially the actors who have big time agents to get them other jobs. It’s not like a 9 to 5’er losing their job, get real!

  • Silvio

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

    I doubt, wouldn’t be a fair match …poor bear.
    Huh, it probably would even qualify as animal cruelty.

  • RobertTaylor

    @KJ Styles

    “It’s not like a 9 to 5?er losing their job, get real!”

    You mean like the PAs, key grips, writer’s assistants, cameramen, runners, drivers, best boys, production designers, costumers, editors…shall I continue?

  • DenverDean

    I thought Kathy/Harry WAS the cancellation bear!

  • 2134

    you know what, this is deserved. they called TV by the numbers stupid when all they do is give statistics and only statistics based data and speculations. Just cuz their show is not getting the ratings, they are being bitter about it. I am with TVBNN on this one. Just cuz they don’t understand how something works, it doesn’t make the one’s that do, stupid.

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