NBC's Harry's Law just completed its first season this past Monday night. Only twelve episodes in the freshman season, not atypical, considering it did not premiere in the fall, though it is ending its run over a month before most of the spring finales. That's bad news, because it's been an enjoyable ride. At first, I thought it a lesser sibling to David E. Kelley's other awesome legal dramas, The Practice and Boston Legal, but it began to come into its own in the second half of the season, setting itself apart from the other two, and starting to define its identity. Good news for fans of the show, it looks pretty likely it will be renewed for a second season, though it is not yet official.
While overall I am quite satisfied with the first season, I have some requests for season two. First, expand the cast. Four main characters is pretty small, especially for a Kelley series. Tommy (Christopher McDonald), Rachael (Jordana Spiro), and Damien (Johnny Ray Gill) all deserve upgrades. I would not argue against Peyton (Paul McCrane) or Judge Coulis (Amy Aquino) also making the cut, though find them less likely to, since they are more outside of the central circle. In a perfect world, Kim (Camryn Manheim) would join them, making a case for focusing on both the prosecution and the defense as The Practice did. But that is likely unrealistic, as she has already starred in a Kelley drama. I'd add Richard Kind to the list, but despite my affection for the actor, his character of Marty may not have the legs for full-time status. Just please make him recurring.
I'm also almost ready for a new office. Because the shoe store has served so little function, I think it will be time to upgrade the digs by at least the middle of season two. I like the idea of Jenna selling shoes at the same place the other practice law, but it has not yet been very important to the story, and certainly never been a major plot element. We can loose the store easy enough, though they should stay in the same neighborhood, as that has become a character unto itself. Kelley said that Harry would begin to work her way up the ladder as the series went along, so let's see a bit of that. Just not so far up that she forgets where she is starting from. In conjunction with the set improvements, we also need some more income. Perhaps Tommy could join forces, but retain his type of clientele?