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Crane Again!! ABC Greenlights Season Five For BOSTON LEGAL!!

I am – Hercules!! ABC is off the bubble with “Boston Legal,” greenlighting David E. Kelley’s “The Practice” sequel for a fifth season. Variety says the time-travel cop show “Life On Mars,” whose American TV rights are owned by Kelley’s company, may have played a role in the renewal. Read all of Variety’s story on these matters here.

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  • May 11, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by Droogie Alex

    Denny Crane

  • May 11, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    I got the, uh, mad cow?

    by PirateEmery

    I think you do too, your honor!

  • May 11, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Denny Crane

    by Thrillho77

    Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs

  • May 11, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Best news I read all day!!

    by Toby Wan

    Denny Crane.

  • May 11, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    This will please my dear Granny

    by schlockthemonkey

    She loves this show

  • Actually this is good news. There is no cheese like Shatner cheese.

  • May 11, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Good News

    by proper

    This programme is silly enough for me.

  • May 11, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Who cares!?

    by oatmeal2348

    First of all, the unabashedly liberal viewpoints exuded on this show have quickly worn thin. I get that Kelley doesn't like the Bush administration but does every closing argument have to begin with a line like, 'when we have an administration that does blah, blah blah, how can we expect people to take responsibility for their own action!?' That's what ruined the final season of The Practice leading into this series. I was a fan for a while, but watching people get away without having to take responsibility for their own actions is getting to be too much. Also, what happened to all the pretty people? Julie Bowen is sadly missed, as is Rhona Mitra and even the man-jawed Lake Bell ... instead we have the praying-mantis-ish Saffron Burrows and Tara Summers who is only cute because of her accent. How many times do we have to see someone hit on Candice Bergen before we lose our collective lunch!? Okay ... I think I'm done now. It took me a while to write this ... am I first?

  • May 11, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Herc is announcing this before Dollhouse's greenlight?

    by snowpuff

  • May 11, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST


    by PirateEmery

    I'm a conservative, yet I take no offense at their constant "liberal" talking points. That's just Alan Shore, that's how he runs things...<p> Denny, on the other hand, keeps the show balanced.

  • May 11, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Not a big surprise was it?

    by Shan

    They'd need a 5th Season for syndication, wouldn't they? Also it wouldn't hurt to keep David Kelley onside for future projects. Might be an idea to wrap it up though. Seasons 1 + 2 good IMO, 3 was OK, 4 was so abominable I stopped halfway through.

  • May 11, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    PirateEmery ...

    by oatmeal2348

    I don't want this to turn into a big political debate but you touched on one thing that really bugs me ... why is the only 'conservative' viewpoint expressed by the one character that everyone else considers to be clinically insane, and who himself believes is a victim of 'mad cow.' It's almost as balanced as FoxNews, although the show never claims to be about balance. I'm just sayin'. I'm off the soapbox now.

  • May 11, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST

    We all have a little bit of Mad Cow...

    by PirateEmery

    But I see your point.

  • May 11, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Awesome news! However...

    by Paul T. Ryan

    ...I do wonder which cast members will get the shove this season, and out of those, which ones will just disappear and never be mentioned ever again. And bring back Constance Zimmer dammit!!! She was smokin' HOTTTTT!

  • May 11, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST

    More Trek actors!

    by Sherman_Lives

    On BL, we've already had Shatner (natch), Rene "Odo" Auberjoinois, Armin "Quark" Shimerman, Ethan "Neelix" Philips, and recurring judge Henry Gibson, who guested once on DS9 as a Ferengi... how soon before we get Jeri Ryan, alum of Voyager and Kelley's Boston Public, or my dream Special Guest Star, one Leonard Nimoy as opposing counsel to Denny Crane! Come on, people, make it happen!

  • May 12, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Used to be my favorite, but...

    by antoniojvr

    ... the damn show has such a political slant, I get ill from watching it.

  • May 12, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST


    by chewyou812

    Shattner. I'd fight William Shattner.

  • May 12, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Saffron Burrows

    by Droogie Alex

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think she has had a lot of facial work done? I saw her in some vampire movie the other night, and she looked pretty different then she does now. Like she has cheek and chin implants. Looks very unnatural.

  • May 12, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST

    oatmeal2348 - It's ENTERTAINMENT.

    by ZeroCorpse

    And I guess they don't want conservatives like you watching. That's no problem for me, as I'm a wacky liberal who find jibes at conservatives entertaining. <p> But hey, you've still got 24-hours of FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Miller, Glenn Beck, the Washington Post and most of the other major news outlets to entertain you with shamelessly conservative-slanted fiction.

  • May 12, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    The SHAT is THE Shit.....

    by travis-dane

    <p>Fuck em'all Denny!<p>Great Show!<p>

  • May 12, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Sherman_Lives, Jeri Ryan was already in BL!

    by DerLanghaarige

    I guess it was in the beginning of Season 3. She played an actress who was accused of shooting a paparazzi.<br> But yes, bring on Nimoy!

  • May 12, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Mad Cow!!!

    by J-Dizzle

    Huzzah for Denny Crane!

  • May 12, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST

    William Shatner on Oprah today in Australia ...

    by Shan

    ... He revealed that he sold his kidney stone for $75,000. This plus another $20,000 from the cast was used to buy a family in New Orleans a new house. Only in America!

  • May 12, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Shatner's had a decent career, hasn't he?

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    It would be easy to disappear after Star Trek but he has done T.J. Hooker, Tek War, more Trek movies, Price line, and Boston Legal. Not bad indeed.

  • May 12, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Do people watch this show?

    by fiester

    Is it like the old folks who loves the Matlock?

  • May 12, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    All I want on Boston Legal...

    by Phimseto the same thing I've wanted for years: to have Ricardo Montalban play Denny Crane's legal nemesis.

  • May 12, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Shatner is the ONLY actor...

    by KazamaSmokers

    ... to star in FOUR hit TV shows. Bill Bixby, Lucy and Landon all had three each, but no one else has had four.

  • May 12, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    But when will Kirk keep his promise to Maltz?

    by Series7

    I wish they would address this, its very stressing because when this season started Larroquette was very grating and annoying. Its not half as good as last season. Like at the start of the season I thought this was it, no more. As season 4 went on, and we got more Danny and Alan time it got a lot better. Peeking with the alzheimer case, like after seeing Spaders soap box routine in that episode you know why he wins best actor every year. Especially over that HBO crap. I love this show and hopefully they will tone down the overly eccentric duo and maybe bring in some more brass balls (like Beriko (who I hope didn't leave this to be on that crap Fox Rom-Com show) or the ex-Marine guy). Whatever this show is great.

  • May 12, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Also my buddy

    by Series7

    Who only watches TV shows that are on pay channels said he'll give this a chance. But he made a good point. The main cast is made up of actors/actresses that you either love or hate, there really is no inbetween. When it comes to Shat/Spader/Larroquette/Bergen and even Selleck and Bierko. Like those are people that usually have a big I can't stand that person following. But they all work really well in this show. Like I don't know anyone who doesn't like it, just people that have never seen it.

  • May 12, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Watch this season as James Spader

    by skimn

    races with William Shatner to see whose waistline can be the biggest!!!

  • May 12, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Oh and Shatner

    by skimn

    should have a falcon on a perch on his desk. This will probably be the last season, they should just go bat-shit crazy (-ier than usual).

  • May 12, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Anything that brings us more Denny Crane is indeed cool news

    by SpyGuy

    The Shat + Mad Cow, guns, Real Dolls, midgets and fishing = Must-watch television.

  • May 12, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Spader is on course for another Emmy win this year

    by zillabeast

    His stuff has been unreal. His best season yet, hands-down.

  • May 12, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    SHATNER !!!!!!

    by picardsucks

    Shatner Shatner and more Shatner!!!! This can only be a good thing!!!! I say Shatner cameo in Battlestar Galactica!!! Shatner on Lost !!!!! And Shatner as John McCain's VP!!!!!

  • May 12, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by picardsucks

    Did you know besides being a legitimate multi-dan black belt, Expert Archerer, expert equestrian, rifle marksman, Certified Pilot, stalked and killed a Kodiak Bear all alone while hunting in the Yukon (Not with a Gun by the way but with a longbow) Shatner once hired a group of hard core mercanaries to go find POW's in Southeat asia. All 100% true. And yet JJ can't be prevailed upon to find a way to get him in the new film.

  • May 12, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    good news

    by Mr_X

    and im all for more trek actors on the show.. it kinda lost its pace halfway through this season. but it's still a great show. Denny crane.

  • May 12, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Watching the TOS Movies Again....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    And I got to say that the relationship between Kirk, Bones, and Spock is something that NG, DS9, and all subsequent Treks cannot top.

  • May 12, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Paul T. Ryan, I would guess the one to go is the

    by jim

    woman who came on after a few episodes this season, the "sassy" one. She seems to always be nothing more than the third person in the scene. You know, when the writers need another character in the scene for some reason, they add whatsername. Kind of like Storm in X3.

  • May 12, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Boston Legal

    by The Alienist

    Has there ever been a show quite like it? This strange, meta-comedy-drama-agitprop serial is so original I'm usually dumbstruck after each episode. Its sooo odd. But I like it.

  • May 12, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    How could I have forgotten Larroquette!

    by Sherman_Lives

    Of course, now I want a case where Christopher Lloyd is the client and he barks orders at Carl. But yeah, Montalban as the nemesis (or, if you want to be cute, James Caan playing himself) would be sweet. Finally, how about Malcolm McDowell as a nutjob client who pulls a gun and takes a shot at Denny, only to miss and have Denny kick his ass, and say, "That one was a long time coming! Denny Crane!"

  • May 12, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    William Shatner

    by Shan

    ... also speaks French. How much more talent can you squeeze into one man?

  • May 12, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    I love the way they consistently break the 4th wall

    by Mockingbird Girl

    I don't know of any other scripted show that could do this and get away with it. The whole pre-credit sequence in the last episode about whether it was Tuesdays at 10:00 or Wednesdays at 10:00 had me in stitches.

  • May 12, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Thanks Big Jim.

    by Paul T. Ryan

    I live in Australia and season 4 only started two weeks ago. I've learned by now not to get attached to any character that isn't Denny or Alan!