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Kathy Bates to Lead David E. Kelley's Pilot "Kindreds"

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    David E. Kelley's new NBC drama pilot "Kindreds" is starting to take magnificent shape with the likes of Oscar-winner Kathy Bates landing in the lead spot.

    The Hollywood Reporter claims that Bates is in final talks to play a curmudgeonly former patent lawyer. How badly does Kelley want Bates to play the part? Well, it was originally written for a man, Harry Korn, but is being reworked for the talented actress who appeared on an episode of Kelley's legal hit "LA Law."

    Oscar viewers just got a strong reminder of Bates' acting ability when the horror montage showed her slamming James Caan's foot with a sledgehammer from Stephen King's famed movie "Misery." She also had a recurring role on NBC's "The Office," playing Jo Bennett, the Marge Schott-inspired new owner of Dunder-Mifflin.

    The parts of the misfits are falling into place. THR reports Brittany Snow has landed one of the leads. Snow will play an assistant and key member of the firm.