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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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raptinrainbows raptinrainbows 10 years
i love this show. i don't get to see it too often, but whenever i do, i focus on the alan/denny relationship. it's one of the hottest on-screen pairings around! throw in a little alan/jerry tango to get denny jealous and what more could you ask for? i'll miss the others, especially rene and constance, but they were pretty much just background to me.
Phil Phil 10 years
I agree. Rene Auberjonois' character would have been a great central character and a great antagonist to Denny Crane. I liked his character on the few scenes that he actually had, and I think it would've been a GREAT move for him to become a name partner (especially considering Edwin Poole is institutionalized and probably won't be out any time soon). As for Constance Zimmer, she had a lot of potential as well, but I think the character was lost when Craig Bierko left the firm. As for Julie Bowen's character, she got incredibly unlikable at the end of season 3 and I won't miss her too much, especially considering Michael J Fox's character won't be returning.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
Okay, that's aggrivating. The three characters not returning never stood a chance to have story lines develop! William Shatner and James Spader are really the stars of the show, but come on. I really really love this show.
Phil Phil 10 years
Seriously, I loved this show. But what I'm absolutely sick of, as well as many others, is that the show has constant casting changes as if that is the only way to keep the show fresh? I think the writers are lacking in creativity if the show's producers are feeling that constant casting changes are the best way to keep the show "fresh." Season one, the show takes away Lake Bell, Monica Potter and Rhona Mitra who were all excellent characters. That's all fine and dandy considering the show is only in season one and is still finding it's way. But then, season two we have Justin Mentell and Michelle Bath who were two completely underused characters who were actually somewhat interesting (how the hell is Mark Valley still on the show at this point?). Come season three, the two characters disappeared without any explanation whatsoever. LAZY WRITING. By season three, the show should have found it's mark. They add Craig Bierko who didn't even last the full season, and now Constance Zimmer, Rene Auberjonois, Julie Bowen, Mark Valley (finally), and I'm assuming Gary-Anthony Williams are all off the show? Crane Pool & Schmidt has a ridiculously high turnover rate! It's no wonder Boston Legal only managed to catch 9.8 million overall viewers for its season 3 finale. Which is pathetic considering a REPEAT of Law & Order: SVU pulled in 8.4 million and was only a tenth of a share behind BL in the advert demo. Also bad considering that BL only averages 55-60 percent retention in overall viewers with a Dancing with the Stars lead-in. It's no wonder the show's declined steadily in viewers since season 1.
mels mels 10 years
I agree that Claire is the only character that I will miss. I liked her. The others didn't add anything. The relationship between Denny and Alan is the key to the show, as long as that is in tact, nothing else matters. BL is a great show with clever writing. I have to admit that Jerry and Clarence get on my nerves though. That part is just so silly.
krob krob 10 years
I love BL. The humour is so fresh and fun. I am going to miss Constance but the others I could really care less about. I have never like William Shatner before this but I really love his character on this. Candice is so brilliant, and I hate to admit it but, James is so sexy! :ROTFL: I am excited to see what the new characters bring to the table!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Oh! John Larroquette!!! NIGHT COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carebear144 Carebear144 10 years
I think it's a shame that more people aren't watching Boston Legal. It's one of the most brilliant shows I have ever seen, the writing is wonderful, and the actors are amazing. I liked all of the characters that are leaving, but since day one, there has been a sort of revolving door and characters come and go all the time. Julie Bowen was introduced in the second season with absolutely no fanfare after two other women left, and the viewers were left to assume that she was there all the time, we just simply didn't see her. My husband likens the show to Dr. Who, which was always changing the characters. Alan, Denny and Shirley are the core of the show (incidentally, Candice Bergen didn't show up until halfway through the first season), and as long as they are there, the players that revolve around them will come and go to make the story interesting. One of my gripes with my other favorite show, House, is that the 6 main characters started to get a bit stale, but that's NEVER a problem with BL. I'm going to miss their characters, but I'm glad they're mixing it up.
Dixie-Theychangedit Dixie-Theychangedit 10 years
I love the show. They are keeping their best and most interesting charactors. They also need to keep Jerry (the neurotic lawyer with the tics) and Clarence, and Shatner's character's off and on again midget lawyer girlfriend and her mother (an ex of his) played by Delta Burke. The hot judge that Allen (Spader) has a relationship with is also a must. The 3 characters that they are leaving behind are just annoying and trivial. The great talent of Rene Auberjunois was wasted in the form of the sniveling Sr Partner with no sense of humour that he played. Mark Valley played a 'too good looking, wimpy wuss' and his character added nothing to the show. Julie Bowen was his 'too good looking, overbitchy, wishwashy' pregnant match. There is more that could have been done with their storyline, but the real stars and interest are the Spader/Shatner/Candy trio. Constance Zimmer wasn't used enough and her character did not fit at all with the Clarence character they put her up against. The Alsheimerish/forget judge is another cute character. You never know what he is going to say or decide. Quite interesting.
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