Kathy Bates is in talks to star in David E. Kelley's NBC drama pilot Kindreds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kindreds follows a curmudgeonly former patent lawyer (Bates) and her group of misfit associates. The character was conceived as a man, Harry Korn, but is being reworked for Bates.

The Oscar winner is doing an arc on NBC's top comedy The Office.