David E. Kelley (no relation) has a new TV series on NBC tonight: Harry’s Law. Kelley produced Allie McBeal, The Practice, and Boston Legal. Harry’s Law was supposed to be about a cranky, quirky male lawyer, but Kelley and his crew couldn’t find the right actor for the role. Then, they decided to open it up to female actresses and Kathy Bates won the part. I watched the pilot last week. Ho-hum. But Kelley’s creations tend to start out bland and become weird in a hurry once the suits stop observing. I’ve always considered Kathy Bates an underrated actress. I hope this series gives her a chance to really stretch her wings.