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?

 
  • Ultima

    @Bob
    Why the hate for Kathy Bates. She thought her show was going to be renewed and disagreed with the site owners and they are upset over that?

    First, they aren’t upset, they were right!

    Second, here’s what Kathy Bates said…

    “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.”

    She called them out, now she’s getting her just deserts.

  • Ultima

    And the bear is getting its desserts! ;)

  • Lord Seth

    This post seemed a little unnecessary.

  • Bob

    @Ultima,
    It read to me like she didn’t even know what TVBTN was. She said “who cares what they say”….I mean if you never heard of a website and then they said something about you wouldn’t you stand up for yourself. I 100 percent guarantee that she was not being personal with Robert or Bill. She was just upset by the attention of the demo which quite frankly I don’t blame her. Next year NBC will have a bunch of shows getting 2-4 million viewers and that is it. Nothing else (except MAYBE reality shows) will have any significant viewer numbers.

  • Jenny

    @ Bill Gorman @ Robert Seidman
    Congratulations.
    I had no idea tvbythenumbers and the cancellation bear was so famous and powerful.

    Having Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, the star of NBC’s Harry’s Law, and Executive Producer of Harry’s Law (“most viewed scripted drama on NBC”), Bill D’Elia call you out makes you famous and powerful. They took they cancellation bear to task in an EW.com article. http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/03/09/kathy-bates-harrys-law/

    ‘Harry’s Law’ Star & Producer Don’t Like The Way The TV Business Works, Nor Do They Like Being Reminded Of It
    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/03/12/harrys-law-star-producer-dont-like-the-way-the-tv-business-works-nor-do-they-like-being-reminded-of-it/124101/

    By them venting publicly about you shows they think you are powerful. If they really thought you were not powerful they would have just ignored you. I am sure there are hundreds of twitter accounts and blogs out there that talk about their show and they choose to ignore them because they are powerless.

    I like your retort “Nobody cares what we think Mr. D’Elia. Problem is, the folks selling the advertising at NBC think the same way we do…”

    And to think, I came to this site because my friend recommend it to me as a cute site for entertainment and funsies. I can’t wait to tell her how famous and powerful this site is.

    As for Kathy Bates and NBC’s Harry’s Law, there is a reason for the saying “don’t poke the bear!”
    And the saying let sleeping dogs lie, also applies to bears.

  • joel

    Yeah Jenny, the reason HL got canceled is because this site said it would. It had nothing to do with it’s horrible ratings.

  • AD.

    Wow. Was this really necessary?

  • Ultima

    @Bob
    It read to me like she didn’t even know what TVBTN was.

    She mentioned the cancellation bear – pretty sure he makes his home here.

    Nothing else will have any significant viewer numbers.

    And that won’t matter next year, either.

  • Jenny

    @ joel
    that is not what I said, I said it was famous and powerful in that it got an Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, the star of NBC’s Harry’s Law, and Executive Producer of Harry’s Law (“most viewed scripted drama on NBC”), Bill D’Elia to call them out

  • The End

    @Jenny

    Serves them right, when Robert and Bill proclaim your show to be dead, it usually is.

  • Jenny

    @ Ultima you are right

    @Bob
    It read to me like she didn’t even know what TVBTN was.

    She mentioned the cancellation bear – pretty sure he makes his home here.

    Nothing else will have any significant viewer numbers.

    And that won’t matter next year, either.

  • Jenny

    @ The End Thanks you are right

    @Jenny ‘Serves them right, when Robert and Bill proclaim your show to be dead, it usually is. “

  • The End

    @Jenny

    I didn’t agree with what the Harry’s Law star and producer said personally about this website, but aren’t one to call people out on their ridiculus comments on twitter. So I had to wait patiently for the official word to come out that this show wasn’t coming back. It was agonising I say.

  • Max

    So glad this show is gone, and Whitney is staying!!!

  • Max

    This is the best news I heard all day! Too all the people complaining how jobs were lost, THIS IS A BUSINESS!! This happens every year! This crew will find another show to work on, so suck it!

  • Jenny

    when one show is canceled people lose their jobs. But doesn’t another show takes it’s place and add jobs .

    Since Harry’s Law was an hour long show, and NBC may replace it with 2 half hour shows, wouldn’t that be adding jobs?
    So by NBC canceling Harry’s Law they are adding jobs !

  • J.G.

    Wow, I was only joking about Dana Delany eating the bear…haha

  • Jenny

    I read Body Of Proof was renewed by ABC, because the company that makes Body Of Proof is part of ABC & Disney, so they worked out some kind of special deal.

  • Brian

    You win! I was wrong. There I admit it.

    But having said that, I thought NBC was trying to hang onto viewers, not run them off trying to be another CW or Showtime. I guess I shouldn’t be shocked when NBC becomes a ghost network for three reasons 1)Complete lack of shows to lead into new programming. Right now all they have is Football (with zero possibility of a lead-in) and The Voice with a shaky, yet more demo-friendly audience. 2)Lack of fresh programming. Quick, name a hit show that isn’t long in the tooth (SVU), long past its expiration date (Office), or relegated to Friday Nights (Grimm and is that even a hit?). NBC has relied on too many gimmicks and the cupboard is quite bare (Dane Cook comedy? Nobody likes Dane Cook, at least that’s what I gathered from Step Brothers). 3)Very questionable leadership. From the bizarre idea of putting Jay Leno on 5 nights a week to ad-based programming (looking at you Escape Routes) to placing Rosie in charge of a variety show to keeping programs barely making 4 million over programs making twice that many due to attracting 18-45 demographics, I swear that Uwe Boll must be running that network.

    NBC: Onward and Backward.

  • Freddy Arrow

    @Brian

    Your three reasons seem reasonable, but renewing Harry’s Law would have just given you one more reason why NBC is in trouble.

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