Kathy Bates is unhappy with the way NBC treated her series “Harry’s Law.” Very unhappy. The actress was appearing before a Television Critics Association, or TCA, panel Friday to promote her role on FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” when she was asked about her former show, which was canceled last year after two seasons.
“I think they treated us like s--t,” Bates said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “They kicked us to the curb. I think they disrespected us, I think they disrespected our seven to eleven million viewers every week, and I think they’re getting what they deserve.”
As the Hollywood Reporter pointed out, “Harry’s Law” averaged a respectable 8.9 million viewers per week in its final season. However, it failed to make a dent in the coveted 18-49 demographic, so NBC canceled the series. It does not appear to have helped very much: The network continues to lose badly in the 18-49 demographic, according to TVbytheNumbers.
Bates told the TCA panel members how hurt she was by the show’s cancellation. “It was just a real difficult emotional thing,” she said. “Going to work every day ... you create a family. For me ... it was just delightful for me to go to work every day and to lose that on the whim was hard. I loved the part, I loved the people I worked with, and it was astounding to feel that as an older person, you weren’t wanted, your audience wasn’t wanted on television.”
After “Harry’s Law” ended, Bates was understandably gun-shy about venturing back into television. However, she decided to sign on to “American Horror Story” after meeting with co-creator and executive producer, Ryan Murphy. “I went in and I sat down and I met with Ryan, and, I must say, when he pitched this show to me, this little kid that lives inside all of us, I think, just started jumping up and down and running around and saying, ‘I can do it like this.’”
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The highly anticipated third season of “American Horror Story,” subtitled “Coven,” is set to premiere in October.