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January 20th, 2011 |
By Dean Robbins

‘Harry’s Law’ gets cutesy in court


In bb, Harriet Korn (Kathy Bates) is a hotshot patent lawyer who can’t face another boring day on the job. “I’d sooner look into the mirror and watch my teeth rot,” she says.

Then a man (Aml Ameen) jumps off a building to commit suicide and happens to fall on her. Wouldn’t you know it: The lawyer comes to work and the would-be suicide becomes her first client. If that’s not silly enough for you, Harriet’s law office doubles as a shoe store, run by a sexy secretary (Brittany Snow).

We’re in writer-producer David E. Kelley’s cutesy-kooky world, which can be amusing if all the stars align (see the early years of “Ally McBeal”). Unfortunately, they don’t align in “Harry’s Law.” By the time Harriet makes a climactic speech in court, accompanied by tears and hugs and corny music, watching your teeth rot starts to seem like an attractive alternative to watching “Harry’s Law.”


‘Onion SportsDome’

Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. (Comedy Central)

The Onion adapts its newspaper-parody format to TV sports news. Against a backdrop of insanely busy graphics, two actors bark out absurd sports stories with a straight face.

In The Onion’s newspaper and website, you can enjoy the funny headlines and easily skip over the lame ones. You can’t do that with “Onion SportsDome.”

It’s not like TV lacks for news satires. “Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update has been around for decades, then there’s Comedy Central’s own “Daily Show” and “Colbert Report.” If The Onion can’t compete in the same universe as those masterpieces, it might as well stick with the written word. CV