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Boston Legal

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Boston Legal tv seriesEthically-challenged attorney Alan Shore, formerly of Young, Berluti, & Frutt, settles in at a wealthy and powerful firm focusing on civil cases. With some help from his friend and mentor, veteran attorney Denny Crane, Shore quickly makes his mark winning cases no one would take, often using less than honest methods. In doing so, he develops a rival in his colleague Brad Chase, who has been assigned to the office partly to keep an eye on the increasingly eccentric (and possibly senile) Denny Crane. Though his questionable conduct might make him a few enemies along the way, Alan's not one to be underestimated, nor will he let trivial things like honesty or integrity get in the way of winning a case.

The story of Boston Legal can be said to begin with the episode of The Practice in which Eugene Young and Jimmy Berluti of Young, Frutt & Berluti decided to fire Alan Shore without consulting Ellenor Frutt. They give Alan a severance package of only fifteen thousand dollars, even though Alan has brought in over six million dollars of revenue to the firm. Tara Wilson gets fired for her loyalty to Alan, and Alan goes to Crane, Poole & Schmidt to represent himself in the matter, thinking he has a claim under Massachusetts law to take over Young, Frutt & Berluti. Denny Crane, senior and founding partner of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, takes an interest in the case and even argues at the trial, cross-examining Young. During this period, Ellenor also has a run-in with Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay), a partner at Crane Poole & Schmidt, whom Ellenor ends up seriously injuring when they get into a fight over Hannah's condescending remarks to Ellenor. The character of Hannah Rose was dropped prior to the Boston Legal pilot being filmed.

The jury awards Alan the millions of dollars of revenue he brought in to Young, Frutt & Berluti but does not order the firm to rehire him, so Denny hires Alan at his firm. After Young is appointed a judge, his first case (in the final episode of The Practice) happens to be with Alan for the defense, making Young wonder if Alan judge-shopped (this opened the door for Steve Harris to guest-star on Boston Legal as a judge, although in the end no starring Practice characters made any guest appearances on Boston Legal), though many actors and actresses who guest starred in The Practice have contributed to Boston Legal, taking on roles of a different character. Examples include Rene Auberjonois, John Larroquette and Christian Clemenson.

Boston Legal - tv series

(2004 - 2008) - James Spader,William Shatner,Candice Bergen, Christian Clemenson

Genre: Drama/Comedy


Cast

James Spader ... Alan Shore
William Shatner ... Denny Crane
Candice Bergen ... Shirley Schmidt
Rene Auberjonois ... Paul Lewiston
Mark Valley ... Brad Chase
Julie Bowen ... Denise Bauer
Christian Clemenson ... Jerry Espenson
Gary Anthony Williams ... Clarence
John Larroquette ... Carl Sack
Tara Summers ... Katie Lloyd
Henry Gibson ... Judge Clark Brown
Constance Zimmer ... Claire Simms
Monica Potter ... Lori Colson
Rhona Mitra ... Tara Wilson
Saffron Burrows ... Lorraine Weller
Meredith Eaton ... Bethany Horowitz
Taraji P. Henson ... Whitney Rome
Justin Mentell ... Garrett Wells
Ryan Michelle Bathe ... Sara Holt
Betty White ... Catherine Piper
Craig Bierko ... Jeffrey Coho
Lake Bell ... Sally Heep
Jill Brennan ... Gracie Jane
Marisa Coughlan ... Melissa Hughes
Shelley Berman ... Judge Robert Sanders
Michael Ensign ... Judge Paul Resnick
Roma Maffia ... Judge Victoria Peyton
Currie Graham ... A.D.A. Frank Ginsberg
Ron Canada ... Judge Willard Reese
David Dean Bottrell ... Lincoln Meyer
Anthony Heald ... Judge Harvey Cooper
Takayo Fischer ... Clerk
Armin Shimerman ... Judge Brian Hooper
John Thaddeus ... Detective John Stephenson
Gail O'Grady ... Judge Gloria Weldon
Mark L. Taylor ... Attorney Adam Jovanka
Chuck McCann ... Judge Byron Fudd
Michael J. Fox ... Daniel Post
Leslie Jordan ... Bernard Ferrion
Lou Beatty Jr. ... Judge Gordon Kolodny
Steven Anderson ... Walter Seymore
Christopher Rich ... Attorney Melvin Palmer
Rebecca Lin ... Receptionist
Laura Henry ... Clerk
Konstantina Mallios ... Receptionist
Kurt Scholler ... Bailiff
Ashton Holmes ... Scott Little
Curtis Armstrong ... Dr. Zachary Simon
Joanna Cassidy ... Beverly Bridge
Delta Burke ... Bella Horowitz
Katey Sagal ... Barbara Little
Jayne Brook ... Rachel Lewiston
Kerry Washington ... Chelina Hall
Tyler Labine ... A.D.A. Jonathan Winant
Francesca Roberts ... Judge Jamie Atkinson
Don McManus ... A.D.A. John Lennox
William Russ ... Attorney Christopher Palmer
Glen Walker ... Anchorman
Zylan Brooks ... Clerk
Mark Edward Smith ... Bailiff
Pamela Adlon ... Attorney Emma Path
Tom Selleck ... Ivan Tiggs
Parker Posey ... Marlene Stanger
Ana Ortiz ... A.D.A. Holly Raines
Vic Polizos ... Detective Frank Richmond
Andy Umberger ... Attorney Morrison
Meredith Patterson ... Missy Tiggs
Debra Mooney ... Judge Patrice Webb
Jack Shearer ... Justice Antonin Scalia
Richard Portnow ... Judge Peter Harding
Erica Gimpel ... Attorney Samantha Fried
Jane Lynch ... Joanna Monroe
Patrick Renna ... Warren Peters
Jim Jansen ... Marshall Kennedy
Leyna Nguyen ... Reporter
Ted Garcia ... Reporter
Richard V. Licata ... Judge Dale Melman
Eric Payne ... Sam Halpern
Deena Dill ... Female Server
April Rios ... Fiona
Ashley Rios ... Fiona
Nicole J. Butler ... Clerk
Mary Gross ... Leigh Swift
Karen Lew ... Clerk
Norma Jean Riddick ... Juror
John Robert ... Attorney's client
Howard Hesseman ... Judge Robert Thompson
Nia Long ... Vanessa Walker
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe ... Nora Jacobs
Lo Ming ... Hyung Lee
Patrick Breen ... A.D.A. Otto Beedle
Shawn Christian ... Tim Bauer
Kurt Fuller ... Reverend Donald Diddum
John Posey ... Chief Justice Roberts
Lisa Kaminir ... D.A. Valerie Murrow
Adam Arkin ... A.D.A. Douglas Kupfer
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Justice Samuel Alito
Randy Thompson ... Officer Carl Ralston
Ethan Phillips ... Michael Schiller
Thom Gossom Jr. ... Judge Blake Winters
Ed Begley Jr. ... Clifford Cabot
Stu Levin ... Justice Breyer
Roz Witt ... Justice Ginsberg
Walter Addison ... Justice Kennedy
Lee Duncan ... Justice Thomas
Pamela Shaddock ... Marshal of the Supreme Court
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Donny Crane
Missi Pyle ... Renee Winger
Bess Armstrong ... Penelope Kimball
Rachelle Lefevre ... Dana Strickland
Mark Derwin ... Attorney Michael Eaves
H. Richard Greene ... Judge Harry Hingham
Jason Blicker ... A.D.A. Duncan Jones
Pat Skipper ... Attorney Michael Roker
Pamela Dunlap ... Adams
Kevin Cooney ... Smith
Jim Lau ... Chinese Businessman #4
Patricia Belcher ... Judge Leslie Bishop
Frank Birney ... Judge William Howe
Michael C. Alexander ... Officer Lawrence Michaels
Nigel Gibbs ... Detective Wade Spindle
Jack Impellizzeri ... Officer Jones
Mary Boucher ... Judge Rose Olsheim
Hildy Brooks ... Judge Nora Lang
Christopher Carroll ... Judge Stephen Bickel
Marcus Folmar ... Bailiff
David Mehl ... Court Reporter
Paul Cassell ... Dr. Frank Wessmer
Peter Onorati ... A.D.A. Stewart Betts
Rosemary Garris ... Juror #1
Craig muMs Grant ... Joseph Washington
Brett Hunt ... Reporter
Jeri Ryan ... Courtney Reese
Kevin Dunn ... Attorney Jonathan Weiner
Tamara Feldman ... Cassie
Laura Leighton ... Erica Dolenz
Lisa Vidal ... Irma Levine
Allan Louis ... Ande Mkeba
Rupert Everett ... Malcolm Holmes
Lindsay Frost ... Beth Guttman
Zach Grenier ... U.S. Attorney Chris Randolph
Richard Fancy ... Father Michael Ryan
Victor McCay ... Dr. Malcolm Freemont
Heather Locklear ... Kelly Nolan
Emily Montague ... Hannah Guttman
David Burke ... D.A. Casey Mathias
Cameron Daddo ... Sean Wilkes
Robin Riker ... Candi Springtime
Raymond Ma ... Zhu Chang
Dianna Miranda ... Helena Perez
Lawrence Pressman ... Judge Floyd Hurwitz
Billy Mayo ... Detective Sean Wilkins
Marc Vann ... D.A. Scott Berger
Steve Valentine ... Dan Rice
Gregory Itzin ... A.D.A. Todd Milken
Kelly Connell ... Attorney John Hoberg
Robert Wagner ... Barry Goal
Jesse D. Goins ... Dr. Anyar Marks
Rhomeyn Johnson ... Detective Willet
Jim Turner ... Father Joseph Martin
Ellen Crawford ... Frances Stadler
Ray Laska ... Judge James Billmeyer
Jenjer Vick ... Helen
Phillip Palmer ... Newscaster
Marianne Muellerleile ... Evelyn
Chris McGarry ... Mark Pinnard
Michael Holden ... Rabbi Saul Levine
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Attorney Elisa Brooks
Ping Wu ... Chinese Businessman #1
Joey Yu ... Chinese Businessman #2
Peter Kim ... Chinese Businessman #3
Ewan Chung ... Chinese Businessman #5
Elaine Tan ... Lisa
Randall Barnett ... Evans
Eugene Boles ... Reid
Paul Buxton ... Thomason
Frank Stirling ... Underwood
Soren Hellerup ... Xavier
Elgin Brown ... Zinberg
Thomas Kopache ... Judge Dale Wallace
Loretta Devine ... Annabelle Carruthers
Ray Abruzzo ... John Sciarra
David Starzyk ... Attorney Daniel Gellman
Tom Amandes ... A.A.G. Jeremy Hollis
Ally Walker ... Attorney Phoebe Prentice
Anne Betancourt ... Judge Isabel Hernandez
Robert Joy ... A.D.A. Nicholas Preston
Aaron Lustig ... Dr. Herbert Waylon
Lorna Raver ... Judge Katherine Taylor
Nicole Bilderback ... Crane's Secretary
Michael Wiseman ... D.A. Bret Haber
Christine Tucci ... D.A. Mary Ann Huff
Jere Burns ... A.D.A. Joe Isaacs
Allan Wasserman ... A.D.A. Oliver Goldberg
Christine Dunford ... Attorney Shelley Ford
Jim Ortlieb ... Dr. George Murrow
Marshall Manesh ... George Keene
Anthony S. Johnson ... Judge
Derrick McMillon ... Security Guard
Michael Kostroff ... Dr. David Cannon
Diane Kim ... Newscaster
Butch Hammett ... George Tanner
Paul Schackman ... Attorney Pepper Minkin
Blair Bess ... Detective
Dennis Cockrum ... Detective Gary Jacobs
Ron Ostrow ... Attorney Cone
Ellen Bry ... Attorney Shelby Morris
C. Stephen Browder ... Bailiff
Michael Patrick McGill ... Officer Brian Whistler
Helen Eigenberg ... Atty. Tompkins
Marty Lodge ... Rick Guttman
Steve Seagren ... Bellows
Ted Lyde ... Foreman
J.J. Boone ... Jacqueline Ross
Barry Sigismondi ... Lieutenant James
Craig Barnett ... M.E. Simmons
Heidi Heller ... Clerk
David Clennon ... Attorney Braxton Mason
Thomas Knickerbocker ... Dr. Mahoney
Karl T. Wright ... A.D.A. George Martin
Damien Leake ... Referee
Nina Avetisova ... Paralegal
Anita Finlay ... Helen Poole
John Michael Higgins ... Jerry Austin
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Christine Pauley
Al Sharpton ... Himself
Brad Wilson ... Clerk #1
ason Brooks ... Justin Murray
Heidemarie Fuentes ... Courtroom Spectator
Aramis Knight ... Tito Perez
Bob Rumnock ... Foreman
David Saxa ... Dewey
Tim McFadyen ... Clerk
Arne Starr ... Man In Gallery
Michael Ray Reed ... Juror
Michelle Russo ... Beautiful lady
Sean Blodgett ... Reporter #1
Peter Breitmayer ... Joel Landson
Jim Dalton ... George Gering
Kathleen Davis ... Wedding Guest
Kevin Isola ... Michael Reisz
Marco Martinez ... Foreman
Nora Dunn ... Attorney Cynthia Rhodes
Jenifer Lewis ... Judge Isabel Fisher
Michael Loeffelholz ... Reverend Kurt Joyner
Allison Miller ... Marlena Hoffman
Mark Moses ... A.D.A. George McDougal
Christie Lynn Smith ... Maureen Janely
Obba Babatunde' ... Dr. Stanley Rivers
Mary Elizabeth Barrett ... Clerk
Rob Brownstein ... Dr. Timothy Wood
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Doris Thumper
Lauri Johnson ... Sister Catherine
Khali Macintyre ... Nancy Wilding
Rolando Molina ... Miguel Obisbo
David Pearl ... Bailiff
Mare Winningham ... Patrice Kelly
Alison La Placa ... Andrea Michele
Mark A. Nash ... Courtroom
Annie Potts ... Joy Espenson
James Rebhorn ... Attorney Wade Mathis
Renee Taglia ... Attorney

Created by:
David E. Kelley

Writing credits:
David E. Kelley
Lawrence Broch
Susan Dickes
Janet Leahy
Michael Reisz
Sanford Golden
Karen Wyscarver
Phoef Sutton
Corinne Brinkerhoff
Andrew Kreisberg
Jonathan Shapiro
Craig Turk
Jill Goldsmith
Scott Kaufer
Peter Ocko
Jeff Rake

Opening theme: Boston Legal
Written by: Janet Leahy

Original music by:
Danny Lux

Cinematography by:
James R. Bagdonas
Michael Lohmann

Language: English
Country: United States

Directed by:
Mike Listo
Bill D'Elia
Robert Yannetti
Steve Robin
James R. Bagdonas
Jeff Bleckner
Arlene Sanford
Lou Antonio
John Terlesky
Jeannot Szwarc
Mel Damski
Ron Underwood
Stephen Cragg
Adam Arkin
Tom Verica
Eric Stoltz

Produced by:
Bill D'Elia
Janet G. Knutsen
Robert Breech
Mike Listo
Steve Robin
David E. Kelley
Lawrence Broch
Phoef Sutton
Janet Leahy
Susan Dickes
Anne M. Uemura
Andrew Kreisberg
Michael Reisz
Scott Kaufer
Craig Turk
Lukas Reiter
Sanford Golden
Karen Wyscarver
Peter Ocko
Jonathan Shapiro
Sheila R. Lawrence
Kerry Ehrin
Jeff Rake

Number of seasons: 5

Original channel:
ABC

20th Century Fox Television
Dick Clark Productions
David E. Kelley Productions
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Awards:
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series James Spader (2007)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Christian Clemenson (as Jerry 'Hands' Espenson: 2006) Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series Craig Hunter, Peter Kelsey, Clark King, William Butler (2006)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series James Spader (2005)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series William Shatner (2005)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series James Spader (2004)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series William Shatner (2004)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV William Shatner (2005)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television William Shatner (2007)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Candice Bergen (2006)
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama James Spader (2005)

Also Known As:
Justicia ciega
Boston Justice
Fleet Street
Justic,a Sem Limites
The Practice: Fleet Street
Untitled 'The Practice' Spinoff

Trivia

The show often contains dialog that "breaks the fourth wall" or lets the audience believe they know it's a TV show. At the end of episode "Squid Pro Quo", Denny ends the episode by saying, "I can't wait until next week." Alan Shore also notes that the show used to be on Mondays, and one time mentioned to Denny that "I've hardly seen you this episode." Melissa, Alan's assistant, once warns him against falling for a woman, citing, "She's only a guest-star".

Denny Crane was married six times (including his "one-hour marriage" in season 2).

Denny Crane has never lost a trial. According to Season One episode "From Whence We Came" he has won 6043 trials (and lost 0) in 45 years.

Lake Bell quit the show during season 1 to star in "Surface". After the show was cancelled, Bell did some guest appearances in Season 3.

Nearly all episodes (except "Spring Fever" and several others in the first season) end with Denny and Alan sitting in the balcony, having a drink and smoking a cigar and discussing the events in the episode.

The series was initially advertised as being titled "Fleet Street". These advertisements were seen during commercial breaks for "The Practice" which had several episodes that acted as a sort of pilot for the new series.

James Spader (Alan Shore) and William Shatner (Denny Crane) are the only actors in all 101 episodes of the series.

 

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