2007 Fall TV Preview: Boston Legal On ABC
Author: Kelly West
published: 2007-09-09 15:04:07
Boston Legal - Season 4
Premieres: Tuesday, September 25th at 10:00 p.m. EST
Creator(s): David E. Kelley
Starring: Williams Shatner, James Spader, John Larroquette, Christian Clemenson, Gary Anthony Williams, Tara Summers, Saffron Burrows, Candice Bergen
What is genius without a bit of madness? Boston Legal centers on Crane, Poole & Schmidt, a law firm full of brilliant but emotionally challenged attorneys. Like all of David E. Kelleyís creations, the characters in this series all have their quirks. Denny Crane (Shatner) is one of the founding partners and also happens to have an ego the size of a small planet. Alan Shore (Spader) is Mr. Fix-it. He helps his clients using what many might consider unethical measures. Shirley Schmidt (Bergen) spends half of her time litigating and other half cleaning up Dennyís messes.
In the fourth season, John Larroquette will join the cast, playing Carl Sack, a senior partner at the firm who was transferred in from the New York office. More than likely, heíll be just as quirky and ridiculously hilarious as his associates.
All season long, about one in three phone conversations with my father have involved him asking me, ďDo you watch Boston Legal? To which I would respond, ďNo, dad but Iíve seen it and I agree, itís great.Ē Perhaps itís the ten oíclock timeslot or the fact that while Iíve thoroughly enjoyed every episode Iíve seen, I never really feel compelled to tune in the following week.
David E. Kelley has a way of turning the most ridiculous characters and situations into scenarios viewers can both laugh at and genuinely care about all at the same time. He did it with Picket Fences. He did it with Ally McBeal. He did it with Boston Public and now heís doing it with Boston Legal. Itís humor with heart and a slice of brilliance and heís good at it.
So while I donít watch Boston Legal as regularly as I probably should, I cant deny that itís a fantastic show. Iíve also noted that I was able to follow and enjoy the episodes Iíve seen without having seen every episode so if youíre new to the show, youíll probably be able to get on board with it at the start of the new season without any problems, especially if youíre already familiar with Kelleyís work.
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