Boston Legal is an American television series created by former attorney David E. Kelley and produced for ABC in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series aired from October 3, 2004 to December 8, 2008. It stars James Spader, William Shatner and Candice Bergen. It is a direct spin-off and sequel to the television series The Practice, with several characters from the eighth season of that series moving to Boston Legal. Although the show was never a Nielsen ratings success, it was critically acclaimed and received 26 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series in 2007 and 2008. «Boston Legal» revolved around the exploits of Alan Shore (James Spader) at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Boston Legal is an American drama film directed by David E. Kelley and produced for ABC in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series aired on August 3. October 2004 to December 8, 2008.
Of course, the show has tried meta gags before, whether it`s a character humming Boston Legal`s theme song or thinking, «Over the past few years, I`ve felt this inexplicable compulsion of being someone who redeems, as if I`m regularly on a TV show.» («We`ve broken through the fourth wall so many times that we have to find the fourth wall in the warehouse to use it,» jokes D`Elia.) The creative DIY promotion can`t hurt, given that the move means the series loses its mammoth leading role in Dancing With The Stars. «If we had our Druthers, we`d rather stay where we were on Tuesday night,» he says, «but network play is network play.» Boston Legal is an ABC television series and spin-off of «The Practice» created by David E. Kelley and starring James Spader and William Shatner. Denise finds herself in a difficult situation when a car injury case, which she neglected for three years, is on trial and she is not prepared. While Garrett investigates, he meets Cassie (Tamara Feldman), a young paralegal whose strange sexual inclinations hide a painful past. Denny learns that he must apologize to Lori or face a sexual harassment lawsuit. Alan takes Sara to dinner and attend a «show». For now, the legal team is focusing more on getting an extension for the fall: the drama, which averages 9.9 million viewers per episode, remains in the bubble. «We expect a decision in the first week of May,» notes D`Elia, «and we feel pretty good about what we did to prove our case.» Wortspiel intended, we suppose.
The American producers of the series also hired British writer and lawyer John Mortimer (creator of the British legal series Rumpole of the Bailey) as a consultant for Boston Legal.  Boston Legal is a spin-off of Kelley`s long-running series, The Practice, which follows the exploits of former practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Over the course of the series, 101 episodes of Boston Legal aired over five seasons. Boston Legal is a spin-off of David E. Kelley`s The Practice (1997), which pays tribute to the exploits of former law firm character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the law firm. Boston Legal is a spin-off of David E. Kelley`s The Practice (1997), which follows the exploits of former law firm character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the law firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt. Boston Legal is a long-standing spin-off of David E. The series Kelley The Practice (1997), which follows the exploits of former practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the law firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt. As a former ABC series, the show is available to stream on Disney`s Hulu platform. The pilot for the series was originally produced with former The Practice stars James Spader and Rhona Mitra, guest stars William Shatner and Lake Bell.
There was a long history with Larry Miller as Edwin Poole, Mark Valley as Brad Chase and John Michael Higgins as senior partner Jerry Austin. Monica Potter was then cast as Lori Colson and René Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston, replacing John Michael Higgins. The pilot first aired on ABC on October 3, 2004. On May 13, 2008, ABC announced that Boston Legal would return in the fall for a fifth and final season.   Saffron Burrows did not return as a series regular after joining the cast of My Own Worst Enemy. The final season consisted of 13 episodes to reach the «100» mark, which allowed for a successful syndication. There has been speculation that Boston Legal could receive an additional episode order if the series had another strong performance at the Emmy Awards and achieved solid ratings in its new fall window. The season began airing on September 22, 2008. Alan, Denny and Brad represent Kelly Nolan (Heather Locklear), who is on trial for poisoning her husband.
Tara Wilson takes second place from Shirley Schmidt and is shocked to discover that the opposing lawyer is her former lover Malcolm Holmes (Rupert Everett); Garrett Wells and Sara Holt help Denise Bauer in a case where a Jewish man felt hurt when his fellow Christians were holding Bible readings at work. To make matters worse, Denise receives divorce papers. Alan and Denny go after Denise Bauer and the USDA when they represent a rancher, Carol Hober (Valerie Bertinelli), who is suing the government for not allowing her to test all her cattle for mad cow disease. Jerry is ready for partners, but the panel of associates who decide his fate, including Paul Lewiston, see his social shortcomings as a problem; Alan and Denny argue about politics on the eve of the election. Shirley is sued by Stanford University after refusing a $3 million donation, and she asks Alan to represent her – only to find him useless against an old flame and opposing lawyer, Lorraine Weller (Saffron Burrows); Alan`s problems are exacerbated by Judge Gloria Weldon`s desire to be pregnant with him. Denny is arrested for incitement, but is even angrier when he learns that his nemesis, senior associate Carl Sack (John Larroquette), has moved to Boston to conduct a trial. Harvard graduate Katie Lloyd tries her first case, a murder trial, with Jerry Espenson; Clarence gets into hot water because he participates as Clarice in a dance contest. The show was known to frequently break the fourth wall during its run.
  * Last regular appearances of Denise Bauer and Paul Lewiston During his time on the series, James Spader won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2005 and 2007. Lori, along with Denny and Shirley, defends a school principal who fired three science teachers for refusing to teach creationism and is now being sued by them. Alan learns that his assistant has expressed concerns about their working relationship. Alan discovers that his client Bernard Ferrion, who killed his mother, may have killed his neighbor again. Sally is fired and learns that a close associate is not very eager to lend a hand. Alan is surprised to see a familiar face appear – Catherine Piper (from an earlier episode of The Practice, in which she witnessed Alan`s murder in her hometown – best known for shaking Alan`s hand with «» on her gloves as a reward for his childhood pranks). Alan and Denny defend a man accused of murder after euthanizing his wife, who has Alzheimer`s disease. The long-lost family members return when Shirley`s ex-husband asks her to be the «best man» at her wedding, and Paul finds his daughter separated (Jayne Brook). Boston Legal follows the exploits of former practice figure Alan Shore and his passionate colleagues in the fictional offices of Crane, Poole & Schmidt.  The Boston-based high-end litigation firm handles both civil and criminal matters.  Denny takes Alan to Nimmo Bay, British Columbia, to help him overcome his separation from Tara. Catherine confesses to Bernard`s murder; Sara and Garrett go to great lengths to help Denise contest her husband`s support claims in his divorce proceedings.
Seasonal ranking (based on average total viewers per episode) of Boston Legal on ABC. 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 3. Craig Bierko was introduced as Jeffrey Coho and Constance Zimmer as Claire Simms.