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Big Changes Coming for "Boston Legal"

Big Changes Coming for "Boston Legal"

The offices of Crane Pool & Schmidt are going to look quite different come fall. Several "Boston Legal" cast members won't be returning to the show, while two new actors are joining the cast and a third will become a series regular.

Don't worry: William Shatner, James Spader and Candace Bergen aren't going anywhere. But Julie Bowen, Mark Valley, Rene Auberjonois and Constance Zimmer aren't so lucky; they weren't given the option to renew their contracts in an effort to keep the show fresh, according to David E. Kelley Productions.

Meanwhile, John Larroquette will be joining the cast to play a senior partner from the firm's New York office who transfers to Boston. Tara Summers (Abby from "Dirt") will play a junior partner at the firm, and Christian Clemenson will become a series regular, ensuring more screen time for his character, Jerry "Hands" Espenson.

I'm not a regular enough watcher of "Boston Legal" to know how much these changes will affect the show. Will the departures matter? Or is the show really a Spader/Shatner/Bergen affair?

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