David E. Kelley: ABC Pulled the Plug on 'Boston Legal'
David E. Kelley: ABC Pulled the Plug on 'Boston Legal'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Boston Legal's Monday episode saw a satisfying conclusion that left viewers wanting more.  Unfortunately, that episode marked the ending of the legal drama's five-year run.  And even though series creator David E. Kelley, the cast and crew, as well as the fans of Boston Legal, wanted the show to linger on for at least another season, that decision was sadly up to ABC, which opted to pull the plug on the program this year.

"ABC didn't want us back," Kelley told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  "It's as simple as that.  They didn't even want us back for this year at all.  We had to fight to get back on with 13.  It's not a product they care to market."

But while Boston Legal could have continued for one more season beyond this year, Kelley doesn't feel robbed.

"I feel satisfied we had run a good course," he said.

In the two-hour series ender, Denny Crane (William Shatner) was granted the right to use an experimental Alzheimer medication by the Supreme Court of the United States after Alan Shore (James Spader) argued the case before the court.  And while Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen) married Carl Sack (John Larroquette), Denny also tied the knot with Alan for financial reasons.

“It was all a financial guise, as you learned to your dismay.  There was nothing sexual about our marriage.  It was all designed to bequeath my fortune to him as [my character] got ready to die,” William Shatner told CNN.

Boston Legal was never a huge ratings draw, though it enjoyed some critical acclaim and lots of Emmy love.  The finale drew decent numbers with an average of 10.2 million total viewers from 9 to 11pm, which is above its season average of 9.2 million, despite airing against originals on CBS and ESPN's Monday Night Football.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: CNN, post-gazette.com
(Image courtesy of ABC)