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The TV Show Boston Legal is an American legal drama and comedy created by David E. Kelley (a multi-Emmy award winning American writer, executive producer, and creator of TV Shows) and has been airing since October 3, 2004. Some consider it as a spin-off of also another long-running legal drama The Practice. Boston Legal follows the professional and personal lives of attorneys at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. The scenes and characters are renowned for their whimsical, occasionally surreal comedic touches, as well as moments of seriousness.
Boston Legal has been nominated and awarded for numerous awards for a TV show.

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9/16/09 MALIBU -- Veteran comic character actor Henry Gibson, whose career included the 1960's hit "Laugh-In," and more recently " King of the Hill," died Monday.

Gibson died at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73.

Gibson was born Henry Gibson Bateman in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and served in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer.

After his discharge, he developed an act in which he portrayed a Southern accented poet.

His stage name may have been a play on dramatist Henrik Ibsen, and he often pronounced his name as if it were "Ibsen", particularly when performing as "The Poet".

Gibson's breakthrough came in 1968 when he was cast as a member of the original ensemble of NBC's top-rated "Laugh-In," on which he performed for three seasons.

Each week, a giant flower in his hand, he recited a signature poem, introducing them with the catch phrase that became his signature: "A Poem, by Henry Gibson."

Gibson appeared in four films by Robert Altman: The Long Goodbye (starring Elliott Gould), Nashville (starring Ned Beatty and Keith Carradine), as well as A Perfect Couple and Health. He also appeared in The Incredible Shrinking Woman (starring Lily Tomlin). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Nashville and won the National Society of Film Critics award for his role of country music singer Haven Hamilton.

Gibson spent three years as part of the Laugh-In television show's cast. He often played was "The Poet," reciting poems with "sharp satirical or political themes".

Gibson would emerge from behind a stage flat, wearing a Nehru jacket and 'hippie' beads and holding an outlandishly large artificial flower He would state the Title of poem -- by Henry Gibson", bow stiffly from the waist, recite his poem, and return behind the flat.

Gibson also regularly appeared in the "Cocktail Party" segments as a Catholic priest, sipping tea.

He would put the cup on the saucer, recite his one-liner in a grave and somber tone, then go back to sipping tea. He also made recurring appearances in the 1969-1974 anthology Love, American Style.

Gibson is remembered for his roles in two feature films. In the 1989 Tom Hanks/Joe Dante comedy, The 'Burbs, Gibson played the villain.

In 1980 he played the leader of the " Illinois Nazis" in the John Landis film The Blues Brothers. Most younger audiences associate him with this film in particular due to its popularity.

He made a brief appearance in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia as an eccentric barfly. He also worked frequently as a voice actor in animation, most notably portraying Wilbur the pig in the popular children's movie Charlotte's Web (1973).

He also worked on the cartoon The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy as Lord Pain.

Gibson re-teamed with director Dante a few years later when Gremlins 2 was released in 1990. He performed a cameo as the office worker who is caught taking a smoking break on camera and fired by the sadistic boss. He later had a leading role in a Season 5 episode of Stargate SG-1 entitled "The Sentinel", as the character Marul.

Gibson's most recently roles were alongside Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in the 2005 comedy hit Wedding Crashers, and as supporting character Judge Clark Brown on the TV show Boston Legal.

Gibson is survived by three sons -- Jon, a business affairs executive at Universal Pictures; Charles, a director and two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor; and James, a screenwriter -- and grandchildren Matthew and Miranda.

Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Friends of the Malibu Public Library. 'Laugh-In' original Henry Gibson diesAlso appeared in 'Boston Legal,' four Robert Altman filmsBy Mike Barnes Sept 16, 2009, 02:49 PM ET Updated: Sept 16, 2009, 03:27 PM ET Henry Gibson, a wry comic character actor whose career included "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," "Nashville" and "Boston Legal," died Monday at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73.

Gibson's breakthrough came in 1968 when he was cast as a member of the original ensemble of NBC's top-rated "Laugh-In," on which he performed for three seasons. Each week, a giant flower in his hand, he recited a signature poem, introducing them with the catch phrase that became his signature: "A Poem, by Henry Gibson."

The poems proved so popular that they led to the release of two comedy albums, "The Alligator" and "The Grass Menagerie," as well as a book, "A Flower Child's Garden of Verses."

After "Laugh-In," he played the evil Dr. Verringer in "The Long Goodbye" (1973), the first of four films in which he appeared for director Robert Altman. Their second collaboration came in "Nashville" (1975), in which Gibson earned a Golden Globe nomination and a National Society of Film Critics supporting-actor award for his performance as unctuous country singer Haven Hamilton. He also wrote his character's songs.

In television, Gibson's recent work included a five-season stint as cantankerous Judge Clarence Brown on ABC's "Boston Legal" and providing the voice for sardonic, eye-patched newspaperman Bob Jenkins on Fox's animated series "King of the Hill."

Born James Bateman in Germantown, Pa., on Sept. 21, 1935, Gibson began acting professionally at age 8. After graduating from Catholic University, he served in France from 1957-60 as an intelligence officer with the Air Force, then studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Back in New York, the actor developed the comic persona of "Henry Gibson" (a pun on the name of playwright Henrik Ibsen), a humble, wide-eyed poet laureate from Fairhope, Ala. Appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "The Joey Bishop Show" led to him being flown out to Hollywood by Jerry Lewis to be cast in "The Nutty Professor" (1963).

Also that year, Gibson appeared in his Broadway debut opposite Walter Matthau and Ruth Gordon in Lillian Hellman's "My Mother, My Father and Me."

Other memorable film roles for Gibson included a turn as the voice of Wilbur the Pig in the animated "Charlotte's Web" (1973); as an Illinois Nazi pursuing John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in "The Blues Brothers" (1980); as a menacing neighbor opposite Tom Hanks in "The 'Burbs" (1989); as flamboyant barfly Thurston Howell in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" (1999); and as a befuddled priest in "Wedding Crashers" (2005).

In 2001, he returned to Broadway in the Encores! New York City Center production of Rogers & Hart's "A Connecticut Yankee."

Offscreen, Gibson was active as an environmentalist; he contributed opinion pieces and poetry to publications such as the Washington Post and donated proceeds from the sale of posters featuring his poetry to the then-fledgling Environmental Defense Fund.

Gibson is survived by three sons -- Jon, a business affairs executive at Universal Pictures; Charles, a director and two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor; and James, a screenwriter -- and grandchildren Matthew and Miranda.

Memorial services are pending.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Friends of the Malibu Public Library.

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James Spader's New Movie


Eleven-year-old Toe Thompson is the designated punching bag for the bullies of the suburban community of Black Falls, where his and everyone else's parents work for Black Box Industries, makers of the do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. But during a freak storm, a mysterious Rainbow Rock, which grants wishes to anyone who finds it, falls from the sky. Suddenly, the neighborhood that Toe already thinks is weird is about to get a lot weirder. As the Rainbow Rock ricochets around the town - from kid to kid and parent to parent - wishes-come-true quickly turn the neighborhood upside down in a wild rampage of everything from tiny aliens to giant boogers. From Robert Rodriguez, director of "Spy Kids," comes a magical fantasy adventure told through a series of shorts that each brings to life the sometimes wonderful, often terrible, and totally out-of-control wishes that become far more than Toe and his neighbors ever imagined.

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Opening Date: August 7, 2009
Stars: Jimmy Bennett, Leo Howard, Rebel Rodriguez, Kat Dennings, William H. Macy, James Spader
Synopsis: Toe Thompson's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes a stir in the suburban town of Black Falls, and grand-scale chaos occurs when the object falls into the hands of local adults. Can Toe and his two newfound friends save the residents of Black Falls from themselves? (more)
Why We're Excited: The trailer makes us feel like we just ate two bowls of our favorite sugar cereal, and newcomer Jolie Vanier looks like Christina Ricci crossed with Violet Beauregarde. Also, the 80s suburbia look suits Rodriguez's lower budget/high return aesthetics. Should beat out all those animation movies like the new naruto shippuden movie called "Inheritors of the Will of Fire" and the other naruto movies at the Box-office. And hopefully Toy Story 3.
Why We're Not: A candy-colored, hyper-saturated family movie might not seem like the most bankable prospect in the post-Speed Racer era, but maybe Warner Bros. won't lose their shirts and blouses this time around.
Trivia: Star Jimmy Bennett's big screen debut was in Daddy Day Care.

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Upcoming Season 4 Episodes:
Aug. 23, 2007 [Son of the Defender] repeat
Sept.25, 2007: 4x01 [Beauty and the Beast]
Oct. 02, 2007: 4x02 [The Innocent Man]
Oct. 09, 2007: 4x03 [The Chicken and the Leg]
Oct. 16, 2007 4x04 [Do Tell]
Oct. 23, 2007: 4x05 [Hope and Gory]
Oct. 30, 2007: 4x06 [The Object of My Affection]
Nov. 05, 2007:4x07 [Attack of the Xenophobes]
Nov. 12, 2007:4x08 [Oral Contracts]
Nov. 19, 2007:4x09 [No Brains Left Behind]
Dec.18, 2007:4x10 [Green Christmas]
Jan. 15, 2008:4x11 [Mad About You]
Jan. 22, 2008:4x12 [Roe vs. Wade The Musical]
Feb.12, 2008:4x13 [Glow in the Dark]
Feb.19, 2008:4x14 [Rescue Me]
April.08,2008:4x15 [Tabloid Nation]
April 15,2008:4x16 [The Mighty Rogues]
April 22,2008:4x17 [The Court Supreme / fka Sacred Cows]
April 30,2008:4x18 [Indecent Proposals]
May 14,2008:4x19 [The Gods Must Be Crazy]
May 21,2008:4x20 [Patriot Acts] season finale

Season 5 episode titles:

2008:5x01 5F01 [Smoke Signals]............................Sep. 22, 2008 Now Mondays
2008:5x02 5F02 [Guardians and Gatekeepers].......Sep.29, 2008
2008:5x03 5F03 [Dances With Wolves]..................Oct. 06, 2008
2008:5x04 5F04 [True Love] ...................................Oct. 13, 2008
2008:5x05 5F05 [The Bad Seed].............................Oct. 20, 2008
2008:5x06 5F06 [Happy Trails]................................Oct. 27, 2008
2008:5x07 5F07 [Mad Cows]....................................Nov. 03, 2008
2008:5x08 5F08 [Roe]..............................................Nov. 10. 2008
2008:5x09 5F09 [Kill, Baby, Kill!]..............................Nov. 17, 2008
2008:5x10 5F10 [Thanksgiving]...............................Nov. 24, 2008
2008:5x10 5F11 [Juiced]..........................................Dec. 01, 2008
2008:5x12 5F12 [Made in China]. ...........................Dec. 08, 2008 (2 hour series finale)
2008:5x13 5F13 [Last Call]......................................Dec. 08, 2008 (2 hour series finale)


Season 5 DVD cover

Fox Home Entertainment has announced to retailers that Boston Legal Season 5 is making it's DVD debut on May 5. This 4-disc set contains the final 13 episodes which include appearances by former cast members: Rene Auberjonois (Paul Lewiston); Betty White (Catherine Piper) and Julie Bauer (Denise Bauer).
Running 607 minutes long, the episodes will be shown in widescreen format.
Dolby Surround Sound
SRP cost $49.98 in USA and $69.98 in Canada
Special Features on disc 4;
  • Closing Statement: The Boston Legal Series Finale
  • Stricken from the record! (Deleted Scenes with introductions by executive producer/director Bill D'Elia)
  • Smoke Signals: My Junk doesn't work
  • Smoke Signals: Wandering eye doctor
  • Smoke Signals: Lazy eyes take the stand
  • True Love: Barnyard animals, Love'em
  • The Bad Seed: Every firm should have one Alan Shore
  • Happy Trails: A Man almost died
  • Happy Trails: The Party's not until Tonight
  • Roe: The day is still young
  • Roe: Good Luck; Partner
  • Mad Cow: Denny and Valerie
  • Juiced: I have a Litigious Button

2008 SAG Award Nominations

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan - "DEXTER" (Showtime)
JON HAMM / Don Draper - "MAD MEN" (AMC)
HUGH LAURIE / Gregory House - "HOUSE" (FOX)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dep. Chief Brenda Johnson - "THE CLOSER" (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - "30 ROCK" (NBC)
TONY SHALHOUB / Adrian Monk - "MONK" (USA)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - "30 ROCK" (NBC)
MARY-LOUISE PARKER / Nancy Botwin - "WEEDS" (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
DEXTER (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
WEEDS (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

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The Final Season (5)

9/05/08 Starting this coming Monday September 8 on your local ION station we will see Boston Legal week days starting all over again from the beginning. If you have Directv then it's on channel 305 @ 8 p.m. [est]

7/17/08- Congratulations Boston Legal for your 7 Emmy Nominations for the 2008-2009 season.

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Boston Legal · The Mighty Rogues · ABC · Arlene Sanford, Director
Breaking Bad · Pilot · AMC · Vince Gilligan, Director
Damages · Pilot · FX Networks · Allen Coulter, Director
House · House's Head · FOX · Greg Yaitanes, Director
Mad Men · Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Pilot) · AMC · Alan Taylor, Director
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series
Battlestar Galactica · He That Believeth In Me · Sci Fi Channel
Boston Legal · The Mighty Rogues · ABC
Breaking Bad · Pilot · AMC
Heroes · Powerless · NBC
Lost · There's No Place Like Home (Parts 2 & 3) · ABC
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles · Pilot · FOX
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Boston Legal · ABC · James Spader as Alan Shore
Breaking Bad · AMC · Bryan Cranston as Walt White
Dexter · Showtime · Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
House · FOX · Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House
In Treatment · HBO · Gabriel Byrne as Paul
Mad Men · AMC · Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Boston Legal · ABC · William Shatner as Denny Crane
Damages · FX Networks · Ted Danson as Arthur Frobisher
Damages · FX Networks · Zeljko Ivanek as Ray Fiske
Lost · ABC · Michael Emerson as Ben
Mad Men · AMC · John Slattery as Roger Sterling
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Boston Legal · ABC · Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt
Brothers & Sisters · ABC · Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker-Whedon
Grey's Anatomy · ABC · Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey
Grey's Anatomy · ABC · Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang
In Treatment · HBO · Dianne Wiest as Dr. Gina Toll
Outstanding Drama Series
Boston Legal · ABC
Damages · FX Networks
Dexter · Showtime
House · FOX
Lost · ABC
Mad Men · AMC
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One-Hour)
Battlestar Galactica · Razor · Sci Fi Channel
Boston Legal · Beauty And The Beast · ABC
Burn Notice · Loose Ends (Part 1) · USA
Dexter · It's Alive! · Showtime
Lost · Meet Kevin Johnson · ABC
Nominations Summary
7 Nominations

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6/11/08 Season 4 on DVD Coming this September 23,2008

Boston Legal season 4

5 disc set
Anamorphic widescreen
Dolby Surround and French Dolby Surround
Subtitles in English and French
926 minutes for all 20 episodes
SRP is 59.98

My Little Pony Auction

Sunshine, rainbows, James Spader?
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The stars of ABC's "Boston Legal" are taking a break from the lives of their oversexed, ego-driven characters to channel sunshine and rainbows.
William Shatner, James Spader and Candice Bergen are among the celebrities and artists who've agreed to design some new versions of My Little Pony, the plastic toy that has captivated girls since the 1980s.
Pawtucket-based Hasbro Inc. will auction the special ponies for the Give Kids The World charity as part of a celebration of the toy's 25th anniversary.

The pastel-colored ponies — with names like Rainbow Dash and Daybreak — usually sport decorations on their hind quarters, often of hearts, balloons or stars. The celebrities and artists were given blank, 18-inch versions of the usually 4-inch-tall ponies to decorate, Hasbro spokesman Dan Benkwitt said.

Other designers include Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes, 1980s teen idol Deborah Gibson and actor Danny Aiello, known for his roles in "Moonstruck" and "Do the Right Thing."
Artists designing ponies include illustrator Catalina Estrada from Spain, New York graffiti artist-turned-designer Claw Money and Japanese manga artist Junko Mizuno.

A pony designed by Estrada was expected to be unveiled at a collectors' fair this weekend in Providence, Benkwitt said. The others will be unveiled during a gallery event in Manhattan in September, when they also will be auctioned.

Benkwitt said Bergen and Aiello agreed to design ponies because of their support of the charity that provides vacations at central Florida theme parks for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Bergen then got the cast members of "Boston Legal" involved.

Boston Legal Gail O'Grady Lands a New Series
Rick Gomez has been tapped to co-star in ABC's dramedy pilot "Cupid," Gail O'Grady has been tapped for a lead role on the untitled Dave Hemingson drama pilot and Sarah Lafleur has been tapped to co-star in the untitled David Kohan/Max Mutchnick comedy pilot.

The ABC Studios-produced "Cupid" is an updated version of Rob Thomas' 1990s comedy and centers on Trevor (Bobby Cannavale) who thinks he is the Roman god of love.

Gomez ("What About Brian") will play Felix, the owner of a struggling Manhattan dive bar who rents a room to Trevor despite his odd personality.

Gomez, who will next be seen in Taylor Hackford's "Love Ranch," is repped by APA and the Collective.

The Dave Hemingson project, from 20th TV, is an ensemble centered on a law school grad (Matt Long) from a blue-collar background who joins a Los Angeles boutique law firm. O¹Grady will play Susan Oppenheim, a competitive, cutthroat attorney at the firm who is married to the managing partner.

Also cast in the pilot as guest stars are George Segal, Lolita Davidovich and Alexandra Holden. O'Grady, who recurred on ABC's "Boston Legal," is repped by APA and manager Alan Lezman. Davidovich, who recurred on ABC¹s ³Dirty Sexy Money, is repped by Fortitude and manager Nancy Sanders. Holden (NBC¹s ³Friday Night Lights²) is repped by APA and Brillstein Entertainment.

The untitled Kohan/Mutchnick comedy, from WBTV, centers on two men -- Derek (Josh Cooke), who is straight, and Drew (Alan Tudyk), who is gay -- who are lifelong best friends and business partners.

Lafleur will play Audrey is Derek's stylish but emotionally messy girlfriend.

Lafleur, who is under a talent deal with ABC, is repped by Abrams Artists and attorney Jeff Bernstein.

Jon Cryer, James Spader try on 'Shorts'
Join William H. Macy and Leslie Mann in family adventure

Jon Cryer and James Spader are returning to the big-screen, signing up to star in Robert Rodriguez's "Shorts," a family adventure movie that also stars William H. Macy and Leslie Mann.

Rodriguez, who also wrote the screenplay, is producing the film with Elizabeth Avellan under their Troublemaker Studios banner. Robert Rodriguez is serving as his own director of photography, editor and visual effects supervisor.

Also among the cast is Jimmy Bennett ("Star Trek"), Kat Dennings ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin"),Trevor Gagnon ("The New Adventures of Old Christine"), Leo Howard ("G.I. Joe"), Devon Gearhart ("Changeling"), Rebel Rodriguez ("Planet Terror"), and Jake Short and Jolie Vanier.

"Shorts" is set in fictional Black Falls, a suburb where everyone works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated whose communication gadget is sweeping the country. A young boy (Bennett) discovers a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it, which first causes havoc amongst the kid population before turning up several notches when adults get their hands on it.

Cryer and Mann play the boy's parents while Dennings is the boy's older sister. Spader is Mr. Black while Macy is the father of a germophobic genius.

Dan Lin, Hunt Lowry and Stacy Cohen are serving as executive producers on the film, which is being filmed entirely on location in Austin, Texas.

"Shorts" is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Abu Dhabi Media Company and Media Rights Capital.

The movie marks the big screen studio feature return for Cryer who has spent most of career in television after making a name for himself in movies like "Pretty in Pink" and "Morgan Stewart's Coming Home." He is repped by UTA and Forward Entertainment.

Spader, who has won multiple Emmys for his work in "Boston Legal," worked in theatrical features last with 2002's indie sensation "Secretary." He is repped by ICM.

CAA-repped Macy recently wrapped production on "Lonely Maiden" with Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken, while Mann, repped by CAA is best know for her work in "Knocked Up" and "The 40 Year-Old Virgin."

5/13/08 "Boston Legal" will return for its fifth (and final) season of 13 episodes.
The series will shift to Monday's at 10:00/9:00c for its swan song, to be replaced by "The Bachelor" at midseason. McPherson says that creator David E. Kelley is expected to write most of the remaining episodes. Also due at midseason: the "Untitled Banks/Kutcher Project" will spell "Dancing With the Stars" cycles on Mondays while "Scrubs" and newcomer "The Goode Family" will fill the same void on Tuesdays. No time periods were specified for "Lost," "According to Jim" or "Primetime: What Would You Do?"

5/13/08 New Night for Boston Legal !

8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars 8:30 p.m. Samantha Who?, 10:00 p.m. Boston Legal

5/12/08 'Boston Legal' will return for a 5th Season !!!
The stalemate between ABC and "Boston Legal" creator David E. Kelley is headed to a resolution.

After intense negotiations, the network on Sunday reached an agreement with Kelley to bring "Legal" back in the fall. The network had originally intended to hold "Legal" for midseason.

The deal on "Legal" includes a reduced license fee for the show and is said to be subject to David E. Kelley Prods.' ability to make deals with the cast under the new fee. Like last year, cast reductions are likely. ABC has renewed Kelley's "Boston Legal" for a fifth season.

"Legal" will air in the fall, and it's believed ABC has the right to cut back its episode order on the show to 13, a person familiar with the discussions said.

The pact on "Legal" also opens the door for a series pickup of Kelley's drama pilot "Life on Mars."

The network had been zeroing in on a series order of the project starring Jason O'Mara, with "October Road" creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg coming in as executive producers and ABC Studios as a co-producer with 20th TV.

But such a deal had to be blessed by Kelley, who owns the rights to the property, an American version of the BBC series about a 21st century cop transported to the 1970s.

Now such a pact appears very likely.

This is the second time the fates of "Mars" and "Legal" have been tied together. Two years ago, ABC's "Mars" pickup helped clinch a renewal of "Legal."

Upon completion of the deal, "Life" is expected to be one of handful new additions to ABC's fall schedule, along with import "Scrubs" and the Ashton Kutcher-produced reality series "Opportunity Knocks."

4/12/08-"Boston Legal" Tabloid Nation
In its return to the time period on its first telecast nearly 2 months, ABC's "Boston Legal" came back as the most-watched show (10.2 million) in Tuesday's 10 o'clock hour. The ABC legal-drama topped its original competition in the time period, CBS' third-place series debut of "Secret Talents of the Stars," by 5.6 million viewers (10.2 million vs. 4.6 million) and by 60% in Adults 18-49 (2.4/7 vs. 1.5/4). "Boston Legal" also ranked No. 1 in its time slot among Men 25-54 (2.7/7).

"Boston Legal" was up from its most recent airing in mid-February by 2.8 million viewers and by 33% in Adults 18-49 (7.4 million and 1.8/5 on 2/19/08), posting the series' strongest performance in 5 months on both counts - since 11/13/07.

3/31/08-NEW DAY and Time;
"Boston Legal" will move to Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m., as of WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), where it will air for three weeks, on April 30, May 14 and May 21, with a preemption for an ABC News special on May 7. "MEN IN TREES" will return on WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), following "Boston Legal's" run.

ION Media Networks to Host Upfront Presentation May 1
Programming Showcase to be Held at the New York Public Library
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- ION Media Networks, Inc. announced today that it will display its new programming and marketing initiatives for the 2008-2009 television season at its second annual Upfront sales presentation. The event, aimed at the advertising community, will be held on the evening of Thursday, May 1st at the New York Public Library. "We're looking forward to telling the story of ION Television to the advertising community," said Stephen Appel, President, Sales and Marketing. "Our new Fall lineup is going to be a place we think advertisers will want to have their products showcased." ION Television recently announced it will be adding the hit series "Boston Legal" to its Fall 2008 primetime lineup. Also coming to the network will be the timeless comedic drama, "M*A*S*H." ION Television already has made some significant additions to its primetime schedule in 2008, launching the beloved sitcom, "The Drew Carey Show," on New Year's Day, and debuting the multi-generational TV staple, "Baywatch," earlier this week. Original movies from RHI Entertainment, such as "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Aces N Eights," set to premiere March 15th, also have contributed to the increased excitement at the network in the first quarter of the year.


Series Returning Include "Boston Legal," "Brothers & Sisters," "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Samantha Who?" and "Ugly Betty"

"Lost" Moves to New Time Thursday Nights at 10:00 p.m. Beginning April 24

ABC Entertainment announces the return of television's biggest hit shows, including "Boston Legal," "Brothers & Sisters," "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Samantha Who?" and "Ugly Betty."

Return dates and times are as follows:

"Samantha Who?" returns Monday, April 7 (9:30-10:00 p.m., ET) with six original episodes.

"Boston Legal" returns Tuesday, April 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) with six original episodes.

"Desperate Housewives" returns Sunday, April 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with five original episodes and a special two-hour finale (seven hours total).

"Brothers & Sisters" returns Sunday, April 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) with four original episodes.

"Ugly Betty" returns Thursday, April 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) with five original episodes.

"Grey's Anatomy" returns Thursday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with five original episodes.

"Lost" will move to its new 10:00 p.m. time period on Thursday, April 24, with five weeks of original episodes.

"Pushing Daisies," "Private Practice" and "Dirty Sexy Money" will return next season.

The Verdict's In: "Boston Legal," from David E. Kelley Productions & Twentieth Television, to Join ION Television's Primetime Lineup

ION Television to Air Award-Winning Series Weeknights This Fall

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- ION Media Networks, Inc. (AMEX:ION) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Twentieth Television to air the David E. Kelley hit television series, "Boston Legal," on ION Television, beginning this Fall. The agreement marks a milestone in the network's commitment to popular and diverse entertainment.

'Boston Legal' will be to ION Television what Denny Crane is to Crane, Poole & Schmidt bold, outrageous and positively entertaining," said Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO, ION Media Networks. "Smart writing, with humor and heart, and an all-star cast, including James Spader, Candice Bergen and William Shatner, makes this one of the best shows on television. We are excited to bring 'Boston Legal' to millions of fans on the ION Television Network starting this Fall."

Led by an Emmy Award-winning cast, "Boston Legal" tells the professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Fast-paced and wildly comedic, the series confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law. In making the announcement, Bob Cook, president and COO of Twentieth Television, stated, "We are excited that ION Television will be sharing with their viewers this Emmy Award-winning program, exemplifying the best in television writing and acting."

Back-to-back Emmy Award-winners James Spader and William Shatner play Alan Shore and Denny Crane, unlikely kindred spirits among the brigade of high-priced litigators at Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Five-time Emmy-winner Candice Bergen plays Shirley Schmidt, a founding partner of the firm, who helps bring order to the chaotic office. To help keep the quirky office staff in tow, Schmidt calls in Crane nemesis and senior partner Carl Sack (Emmy Award-winner John Larroquette) to Boston from the New York offices. Rounding out the cast since the series' inception are Rene Auberjonois, Monica Potter, Mark Valley and Julie Bowen.

Created by David E. Kelley, "Boston Legal" has regularly been a top 20 program on ABC and draws one of the most affluent audiences in television. Kelley and Bill D'Elia are executive producers. The series, which premiered October 3, 2004, airs on ABC and is produced by David E. Kelley Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television.

"Boston Legal" has won five Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and a Golden Globe. Crane, Poole & Schmidt will be open for business this Fall on ION Television.

About ION Media Networks

ION Media Networks, Inc. owns and operates the nation's largest broadcast television station group and ION Television, reaching over 94 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems.

ION Television currently features popular TV series and movies from the award-winning libraries of Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television, among others. ION Media has also partnered with RHI Entertainment, which owns over 4,000 hours of acclaimed television content, to provide weekend primetime programming consisting of exclusive original programming and quality library titles. Utilizing its digital multicasting capability, the company has launched several digital TV brands, including qubo, a television and multimedia network for children formed in partnership with several leading media and entertainment companies, and ION Life, a television and multimedia network dedicated to active living and personal growth. For more information, visit www.ionmedia.tv.

About Twentieth Television

A leader in the U.S. program production and distribution arena, Twentieth Television provides a wide array of first-run, network and off-network programming, as well as feature film packages, to the syndication and cable marketplaces. First-run programs distributed by Twentieth Television include the talk show, "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet," the game show "Temptation" and the court shows "Divorce Court," "Judge Alex" and "Cristina's Court." Off-net shows distributed by Twentieth include "Family Guy," "24," "COPS," "The Simpsons" and the Fall 2008 launch of "Boston Legal."

About David E. Kelley Productions

David E. Kelley Productions is one of the entertainment industry's most successful suppliers of network television programming responsible for several critically acclaimed, award-winning series, such as The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Chicago Hope and Picket Fences. Headed by multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, Peabody and Humanitas Prize Award-winner David E. Kelley, the company currently produces Boston Legal for ABC.

2/11/08- WGA have reached an agreement and it was announced that Boston Legal will shoot additonal (8 new) episodes to air in April/May

Actor(R) Awards Ceremony will be Simulcast Live on Sunday, Jan. 27, on TNT and TBS at 8 PM ET/PT, 7 PM CT, 6 PM MT Los Angeles, California - Nominations for the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) for outstanding performances in 2007 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the new SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood. Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg introduced Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love) and Actor(R) recipient Terrence Howard (The Brave One), who announced the nominees for this year's Actors(R). SAG Awards Committee member JoBeth Williams and Committee Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees. Screen Actors Guild will honor its own and celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding at the 14th Annual Actors(R) ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, and 6 p.m. MT. Recipients of the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards red carpet during the TNT.TV and TBS.COM live pre-show webcasts. Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) are selected purely by actors' peers. Two randomly selected panelsone for television and one for film--each comprised of 2,100 Guild members from across the United States, chose this year's Actor(R) and stunt honors nominees. The secret ballots were mailed Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 by Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards' official teller. Voting was completed by noon Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. Awards ballots will be mailed on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. The entire active membership of the Guild across the country will vote on all categories. Votes must be received by Integrity Voting Systems by noon Friday, Jan. 25, where results will be tallied and sealed until they are opened by the presenters at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) ceremonies on Jan. 27. The Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala, benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, will be hosted for the 12th consecutive year by PEOPLE Magazine and by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).


Congratulations to James Spader for his (2) Nominations for ;

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
JAMES GANDOLFINI / Tony Soprano "The Sopranos" (HBO)
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan "Dexter" (Showtime)
JON HAMM / Don Draper "Mad Men" (AMC)
HUGH LAURIE / Dr. Gregory House "House" (FOX)
JAMES SPADER / Alan Shore "Boston Legal" (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
CANDICE BERGEN / Shirley Schmidt
JULIE BOWEN / Denise Bauer
SAFFRON BURROWS / Lorraine Weller
TARAJI P. HENSON / Whitney Rome
TARA SUMMERS / Katie Lloyd
MARK VALLEY / Brad Chase
GARY ANTHONY WILLIAMS / Clarence/Clarice Bell
Schedule Coming Up;
Dec., 18 2007 Green Christmas [N]
Jan., 01 2008 The Chicken and the Leg [R]
Jan., 08 2008 Mad About You [N]

12/18/07- Production wrapped up on Friday December 14 on the last new scripted episode.

12/12/07- Congratulations William Shatner for your 2007-8
Golden Globe Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Musical on Television.
The 2008 Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 13 in Beverly Hills in a show airing on U.S. television network NBC, but the program could be threatened by the writers strike.


Exclusive: Boston Legal Reunites Bergen/Bakula!
Murphy Brown fans, prepare to piddle yourselves silly. Boston Legal is reuniting Candice Bergen with her onetime MB squeeze, Scott Bakula.

Sources confirm that Legal creator David E. Kelley has tapped Bakula to guest-star in an upcoming episode as an old beau of Bergen's Shirley Schmidt who she meets up with at a bar.

No word on the exact number of episodes Bakula will appear in, or whether he'll run into fellow Starfleet captain William Shatner during his stay, thereby making the Star Trek universe implode.

News;Boston Legal Nabs Off-Net Clearances in 50% of U.S.
Twentieth Television has announced off-network clearances to-date for dramedy Boston Legal in 46 markets, representing 50 percent of the country, for a fall 2008 launch.

Check out the episode section for the spoilers above.

News Flash: WGA Strike; How will it affect the show.
They will have 14 or 15 episodes of the 22 completed.

Congratulations to James Spader for winning his third Emmy award
on September 16, 2007.

Upcoming Pre-Emptions:
None at this time

Latest Episodes:
3x24 [Trial of the Century] - SEASON FINALE aired May 29
3x23 [Duck and Cover] - aired May 15
3x22 [Guantanamo By The Bay] - aired May 8
3x21 [Tea And Sympathy] - aired May 1
3x20 [Guise 'N Dolls] - aired April 24
3x19 [Brotherly Love] - aired April 10
3x18 [Son Of The Defender] - aired April 3
3x17 [The Bride Wore Blood] - aired March 20

Newest Case Files:
The Peanut-Allergy Case - read Shirley's stirring closing

Boston Legal Wiki Home - Boston LegalThe Singing Twins Custody Case - read about the "singing Nazi twins" and how Alan managed to defend them while still expressing his distaste for their family's beliefs.

Boston Legal Wiki Home - Boston LegalThe 'Pro Ana' Emancipation Case - read about Denny's futile attempts to turn young Claire Wilson away from her "chosen" anorexic lifestyle, and how Alan resolved things by making a suggestion the girl could not refuse.

Boston Legal Wiki Home - Boston Legal
The Woman Who Wanted To Sue God - read how the case played out in the show, plus the real-life reference (which Clarence apparently pulled up), proposing a connection between cell phone usage and lightning strikes, published in June.

3x01 [Can't We All Get A Lung] Clarence Bell
3x02 [New Kids On The Block] Bethany Horowitz
3x03 [Desperately Seeking Shirley] Lincoln Meyer
3x04 [Fine Young Cannibal] Alan Shore
3x05 [Whose God Is It Anyway?] Claire Simms
3x06 [The Verdict] Jeffrey Coho
3x07 [Trick Or Treat] Denise Bauer
3x08 [Lincoln] Jerry Espenson
3x09 [On The Ledge] Catherine Piper
3x10 [The Nutcrackers] Daniel Post
3x11 [Angel of Death]
3x12 [Nuts]
3x13 [Dumping Bella]
3x14 [Selling Sickness]
3x15 [Fat Burner]
3x16 [The Good Lawyer]

Season 1 Episode Pages
Season 2 Episode Pages

Full List of Writers and Directors
All The Judges of Boston Legal

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