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They join previously announced star Josh Lucas in the NBC update of John Grishams novel, with Mr. Lucas playing lawyer Mitchell McDeere, the role originated by Tom Cruise in the 1993 movie.

Miss Lewis will play Tammy, described by NBC as Mitch’s “feisty, sexy receptionist, whose work life is made all the more tumultuous by her on-again, off-again relationship with Mitchs brother.”

The brother, Ray, will be played by Mr. Rennie and is described as a “charming yet volatile older brother whose work as an investigator in Mitch’s office is uniquely informed by his past stretch in prison for manslaughter.”

“The Firm” starts shooting in the fall and will join NBC’s schedule midseason.

Mr. Rennie reportedly will continue to guest-star on the second season of AMC’s “The Killing.”

Frustrated Netflix customers lash out over rate hike

Some Netflix customers have expressed outrage after the online video service boosted the price of its DVD and streaming video rental plans Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

User comments on a Hollywood Reporter story about the price hike included such lines as “Hey Netflix, you’re canceled” and “Redbox, here I come!”

A positive reaction said: “I remember going to the video store to rent one movie and it cost $3.50. For one movie. This month on Netflix I watched half a dozen movies and a bunch of TV episodes and it cost me $7.99. What are you whiners complaining about?”

As part of its new pricing structure, Netflix is ending a popular $9.99-a-month plan, which included unlimited streaming and a one-disc-at-a-time rental. That has been replaced by a $15.98 offer that combines a $7.99-a-month streaming-only plan and a $7.99-a-month DVD-only, one-disc-at-a-time rental plan.

Some frustrated customers lashed out at Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, dubbing him “Greed Hastings” on Internet message boards, according to the New York Post.

“You guys better up your instant streaming selection big time,” customer Rush Falknor said on Netflix’s Facebook page, according to the paper.

Others commenting at Engadget.com threatened to switch to rival video services, such as Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus, and supplement streaming video with $1 DVDs from Coinstar’s DVD rental kiosk Redbox.

Mark Valley, Jean Smart join cast of ‘Harry’s Law’

“Harry’s Law” is ramping up its cast for the second season.

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