Boston Legal will be back for a fifth season, but it wasn't easy.
The legal dramedy from superproducer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) was given another season by ABC, but its future had to do with the promise of another show and not its own, according to Variety.
Kelley owns the rights to the show Life on Mars, which ABC dearly wants to see in its lineup. The producer stood his ground and allegedly told ABC that if it wants Mars, it's going to have to green-light another season of Boston Legal. That's what we call hardball, folks.
Under the terms of the agreement, Kelley will stick with Boston Legal, depart Mars, and hand over the reigns to Mars to ABC. The network is expected to install producers from October Road to handle show-running duties on Life on Mars.
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Boston Legal co-star Mark Valley is set as one of the two leads on NBC's comedy pilot Business Class, about two men who live in a world of airplanes, cookie-cutter hotel chains, and expense-account restaurants. Valley will play an incredibly charismatic and completely amoral salesman.
Meanwhile Jane Lynch, who has a recurring role on Boston Legal, has come on board NBC's comedy pilot Area 52, about government employees in a secret location in the Arizona desert.
In other pilot casting news:
-Zachary Levi, co-star of ABC's Less Than Perfect, has landed the title role on NBC's drama Chuck. He will play a comedic Jason Bourne who undertakes missions every week while still working his day job as a computer geek.
Also cast in Chuck is Adam Baldwin (We Are Marshall), who will play a hardened veteran agent who realizes that Chuck is the National Security Agency ...Read more
There's a double-dose of good news for Women's Murder Club fans. First, ABC reconfirmed that the show--which has not yet cemented a second-season pickup--is definitely coming back for three more episodes this month. The network has targeted April 29 at 10 p.m. for the drama's return.
Second, April 29 is a Tuesday--a much better night to grab some ratings than the show's previous Friday-night slot. Instead of airing when most nine-to-fivers are out burning off another tiresome workweek and welcoming the weekend, Women's Murder Club will have the chance to show what it can do to a more attentive audience and have Dancing with the Stars as its lead-in.
With Murder Club moving to Tuesdays, Boston Legal will preside over Wednesday nights beginning April 30 at 10 p.m. However, the David E. Kelley legal drama will only be there for a few weeks ...Read more
Malik Yoba has joined the cast of NBC's midseason drama series Raines, which stars Jeff Goldblum as an eccentric, brilliant cop who talks to dead victims that help him solve his crimes.
Yoba will play his ex-partner and confidant. The New York Undercover alumnus most recently costarred opposite Andre Braugher on FX's Thief.
Meanwhile, Constance Zimmer has been upped to a regular on ABC's Boston Legal. She joined David E. Kelley's legal drama in the recurring role of Claire Simms, a sharp-tongued, aggressive new attorney at Crane, Poole, & Schmidt. Zimmer continues to recur on HBO's Entourage.
The nominees to be an Emmy nominee are in! The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences yesterday released the shortlists for its top drama and comedy shows for this year's Emmy awards, which will be hacked down to an Emmy-friendly five nominees and announced on July 17.
The drama category welcomes four new entrants into competition--all from cable networks. FX's Damages, AMC's Mad Men, Showtime's The Tudors, and HBO's The Wire are all one step closer to earning their first Best Drama Emmy. Special attention is being thrown toward The Wire, the critically acclaimed drama which concluded its five-season run this spring.
Those four will be joined by six shows that appeared on last year's Emmy shortlist: ABC's Boston Legal, Showtime's Dexter, NBC's Friday Night Lights, ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Fox ...Read more
John Larroquette is returning to the field that netted him four consecutive Emmy awards. The actor, most famous for playing the concupiscent Dan Fielding in the 1980s sitcom Night Court, will be back in the courtroom this fall.
ABC today announced that Larroquette will be joining the cast of its drama-comedy hybrid Boston Legal. The 59-year-old actor will play a senior partner who transfers from the New York office to Beantown.
In recent years, Larroquette appeared in The Practice, Joey, and Arrested Development.
The network also revealed that Christian Clemenson, who plays Jerry Espenson on the show, will be added as a cast regular next season. Also joining the cast is Tara Summers (Dirt, Alfie), who will play a young associate.
Boston Legal is the brainchild of producer extraordinaire David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Public, The Practice), and debuted in 2004. For more information on the show, read TV ...Read more
Fox's House scored series-best ratings last night, snagging an 11.2 rating in adults 18-49, with 27.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen Research. House held 84 percent of its lead-in from American Idol.
Idol continues to post big numbers in its sixth season. Last night's episode took a 13.3 rating with 33 million viewers. The combo helped Fox to an easy win for the night.
CW's Gilmore Girls had solid numbers despite bearing up against Idol, earning a 2.1 and 4.3 million viewers. Veronica Mars fared less well against House, with a 1.2 rating and 2.7 million viewers.
At 8 p.m., Fox scored a 13.3 for Idol, with CBS earning a 2.3 for an NCIS repeat. NBC and CW each scored a 2.1, for Dateline and Gilmore Girls, respectively. ABC ...Read more
ABC has picked up freshman series Brothers & Sisters for a full season, the network announced today. The drama series stars Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, and Sally Field.
Brothers and Sisters airs Sunday nights behind Desperate Housewives in the time slot previously occupied by Grey's Anatomy, which moved to Thursdays. According to ABC, Brothers and Sisters is the top new program on any night in the 10 p.m. hour and the second-highest-rated new series of the season among Adults 18-49.
"Brothers & Sisters is a great addition to our Sunday-night lineup and has given us a strong complement to Desperate Housewives," said ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson.
Brothers premiered strongly after receiving negative buzz over the summer, with some critics questioning whether it was the "troubled show of the season" due to cast shuffles and backstage drama. After a strong start, the series has eroded 21 percent in the ratings ...Read more
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