PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 28: In this photo illustration, a remote control can be seen in front of a TV screen showing a Netflix logo in Paris, France, March 28, 2020. In light of the coronavirus crisis, Netflix will reduce visual quality for the next 30 days to limit bandwidth usage. (Photo illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images) Boston Legal had a fabulous cast of stars that seemed to get better with each season. James Spader and William Shatner were joined by Candice Bergen, Mark Valley, Julie Bowen and Taraji P. Henson. During its five seasons, the series was nominated for 26 Emmy Awards. Spader, Shatner and Clemenson have all won Emmys for their performance on the show. How things will end for the staff of Crane, Poole and Schmidt is still secret, but it looks like the final episodes will surely be “a must see on TV.” Wait a minute! There is no show like Alias that is airing on television today. A spy drama starring Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan, Victor Garber and Carl Lumbly, this series took viewers on wild rides in each episode.
From Jennifer Garner in various wigs and costumes to mysterious plots that included ancient prophecies, Alias delivered fascinating action and adventure from the first episode to the final episode in 2006. And there are many other stories to tell. On April 5, 2005, the series was renewed for a second season, although ABC suspended the series in favor of Grey`s Anatomy. The success of Grey`s Anatomy put Boston Legal on hold until the fall of 2005, when it returned for an extended 27-episode season.   Rhona Mitra and Monica Potter left the show during intermission, while Julie Bowen was cast as Denise Bauer.  Ryan Michelle Bathe and Justin Mentell were then cast as junior partners Sara Holt and Garrett Wells. In the second episode of season 3, Craig Bierko was introduced as Jeffrey Coho and Constance Zimmer as Claire Simms. In episode 11, guest star Gary Anthony Williams joined the cast, Craig Bierko left the cast in episode 15. Boston Legal is a direct spin-off of Kelley`s ABC legal drama, The Practice. The TV show revolves around the legal staff of the Boston law firm Crane, Poole and Schmidt.
Alan Shore (James Spader) is the firm`s most outspoken lawyer, who ends up taking on the strangest and most controversial cases. His best friend is senior associate Denny Crane (William Shatner), a once-legendary process beginner who exhibits outrageous behavior due to the progression of Alzheimer`s disease. The other partners are Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen), Paul Lewiston (René Auberjonois), Carl Sack (John Larroquette) and more recently the incompetent social Jerry Espensen (Christian Clemenson). There wasn`t a legal series like Boston Legal, and although it started with The Practice starring William Shatner and James Spader, it slightly eclipsed this drama in terms of quality, storytelling, and comedy. So if they`re not on the fall calendar and aren`t cancelled, where are they? One possibility is that the 5th season of BL in spring 2009 will be “mideason”. Everything will be known from the May upfronts when the networks announce their final plans for the coming year, so stay tuned. Shatner, for example, is sorry to see the show go. He told USA Today that the show was guilty of being “on the wrong network.” I don`t think NBC or CBS would have cancelled us. Next fall, we`ll see how the Peacock Network handles Kelley`s next show, which is supposed to revolve around a father-daughter legal team.
I don`t watch much TV. But Boston Legal is my favorite and I look forward to being there every time it tours, I was so disappointed when I went to see it last week and it wasn`t on, have they finished it yet? It`s the best of the best. The things they say make me fall off my socks. Please leave it on/or bring it back The show`s star William Shatner told the Vancouver Sun: “We had a great time. It`s a great cast, you know. James Spader, Candice Bergen, John Larroquette. Not only are they great actors, but they are wonderful people themselves and I will miss them terribly. He continued: “I`m already starting to feel nostalgic. Not making a balcony scene from time to time will be bittersweet. Maybe Shat asked for too much money. And the producers of the show are faced with the task of building cardboard sets! heheheh. I don`t watch Boston Legal and it doesn`t make a show!:) Star Trek, Rescue 911, TekWar and TJ Hooker are all series where William Shatner couldn`t break the 100-episode barrier. The hope was that he would finally succeed with a fifth season of Boston Legal, but that`s doubtful now.
Yesterday, ABC announced reruns for its fall programming and Shatner`s current series wasn`t on the list. However, ABC will use the Trek-related series Lost, Samantha, Who? and daisies. None. Denny Crane? TrekMovie.com couldn`t confirm if Boston Legal was officially cancelled, but it`s at least “in the bubble.” Boston Legal did reasonably well in the ratings and received critical acclaim (as well as a few Emmys). However, the audience is older and after four seasons, they already have enough episodes to go through syndication. In addition, many stars (including Shatner) have contracts that would expire at the end of this season and would require a renegotiation for a 5th season. Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley is currently preparing his next ABC series, the British import Life on Mars starring TNG/DS9 star Colm Meaney. Netflix has enjoyed great success with the revival of series like Lucifer, Arrested Development (which returned after a five-year hiatus) and Longmire, to name a few. While other series ended on a “successful” note, fans weren`t ready to say goodbye, which is why these dramas could work for Netflix.
I thought the show was a consistent winner of ratings???? The Espisode, in which he defended (and hit) a Bess Armstrong milf-sh, was perhaps the funniest hour of television I can remember. Lame!!! Try a pinch of a penny. While ratings are strong, it`s cheaper to set up a crappy reality show (Hillbilly Wife-Swap or Ghetto Entrepeneaur or something similar trash). Too bad that in addition to Lost and Life on Mars (which is done) I`m officially done with episodic television. Let`s go look at my Hong Kong movie collection again. Shore: Helluva run huh, Denny? Crane: At my age, I don`t direct Alan. I`m saving my energy for other things Shore: I`m going to miss you Crane: Just like me. LIGHT! When Without a Trace ended in 2009, it still averaged nearly thirteen million viewers.