NBC is offering up a new legal series, Harry’s Law, starring Oscar winner Kathy Bates. It debuts January 17 at 10 p.m. (9 Central time). The show’s premise is that Bates, as Harriet (Harry) Korn, departsĀ her job as a corporate lawyer at an upscale firm and starts over as a sole practitioner, seeking justice for the downtrodden and those who have no voice in the legal system. It’s a David E. Kelley show, so we can expect edgy issues and quirky characters. But will this female legal eagle be any different from any of the other women attorneys we’ve seen on the small screen?

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