Articles for Boston Legal Season 4

Boston Legal takes off with its fourth season tonight at 9:30.  The ABC legal drama is fresh from lead star James Spader‘s surprising win as Best Actor in a Drama Series at the recently-concluded 59th annual Emmy Awards.Tonight‘s premiere episode offers viewers their first look at some of this season‘s newest recruits at Crane, Poole & Schmidt.  Veteran comedy actor, John Larroquette debuts as new senior partner, Carl Sack.  Tara Summers is also in action as one of the firm‘s freshest legal eagles, Katie Lloyd.  Saffron Burrows provides legal and personal conflict to James Spader‘s Alan Shore. Read more »
Boston Legal may not have racked up impressive numbers (about a million fewer than last year at 10.3) for its fourth season premiere Tuesday night, but its season-opening episode got the nod from the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR).  The FTCR commended the program for bringing to light issues concerning Big Oil‘s ever-increasing sway with a growing number of prominent colleges and ivy league universities in the U.S. In Boston Legal‘s Tuesday night season opener, Candace Bergen‘s character, Shirley Schmidt of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, faced a lawsuit after withdrawing her $3 million pledge to Stanford University‘s alternative energy research program.  Schmidt pulled out of the promised contribution after discovering that the academy had also accepted $100 million from oil giant, ExxonMobil.  The episode also made references to ExxonMobil‘s donations to ivy league Princeton and its $500 million agreement with Berkeley. Read more »
More legal drama unfolds as Boston Legal steps forward into the fourth season. Following the introduction of the season‘s newest recruits at Crane, Poole & Schmidt, the lawyers will soon find themselves caught in an array of legal scuffle that will hopefully keep viewers glued until the end of the season. Tonight, fans can indulge on the series as it taps onto its second episode called "The Innocent Man."  But for hardcore fans just dying to learn about what‘s in store for the week after, here are some spoilers that will tip-off some tidbits of the Boston Legal‘s upcoming episode. Read more »
Boston Legal began its fourth season last week with a two-part episode that concludes this evening. A while back, BuddyTV spoke with executive producer Bill D‘Elia about the show. It was the week before the Emmy awards, and though Boston Legal didn‘t win for Outstanding Drama Series, nor did D‘Elia win for Outstanding Direction, the show did take home another win for James Spader.We spoke to Bill D‘Elia about whether the show is a comedy or a drama, how “Son of the Defender,” the episode he was nominated for directing, came about, and what changes the new cast will bring to the show. Below you will find a transcript of the interview as well as the mp3 audio file. Read more »
Last week, we gave you spoilers for tonight‘s Boston Legal episode entitled “The Chicken and the Leg.”  This week, just as avid fans of the legal drama devour the cackle-centric episode, we‘ve already got the inside dish on next week‘s plate of cases for the offices of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Next Tuesday‘s installment tackles the sticky subject of homosexuality in the nation‘s military on the Boston Legal episode called “Do Tell.” Read more »
Boston Legal and its creator, David E. Kelley, have come under fire from Christian and Catholic advocates for its episode “The Chicken and the Leg” aired last Tuesday, October 9.  In the said installment, Alan Shore (James Spader) represents a 15-year old girl who claims that her school‘s abstinence-only policy resulted in her contracting HIV. In the said episode, the third in Boston Legal‘s current fourth season, Shore lauds and advocates the use of condoms as lifesavers while criticizing proponents of abstinence education as liars.  Not surprisingly, some Christian and Catholic supporters and practitioners have taken exception to the show‘s seeming hard-line stance. Read more »
Tonight‘s Boston Legal sees the highly awaited special appearance by award-winning actress Mare Winningham.  We have the skinny on her episode tonight, as well as future installments that will feature her return and those of other previous guest stars. Read on for spoilers to tonight‘s Boston Legal entitled “Hope and Gory.” Read more »
Senior partner, Denny Crane is in hot water – again.  So what else is new? In the continuing saga of the (wrongfully) sacked fat associate, Alan Shore must help bail Denny from this latest dilemma in next week‘s Boston Legal installment entitled “Attack of the Xenophobes.”“Attack of the Xenophobes” was originally scheduled to air tonight but has been pushed back to next Tuesday.  Instead, the episode, “The Object of My Affection,” which was supposed to air October 30, will be broadcast tonight.  Read on for spoilers to next week‘s “Attack of the Xenophobes,” which picks up where tonight‘s installment leaves off. Read more »
Because of the ongoing writers‘ strike, fans of ABC‘s Boston Legal will have to wait until December 4 to catch a new episode of the Emmy Award-winning legal dramedy.  On the upside, the new episode, entitled “Oral Contracts” promises to be a good one. For those who want to peek into the upcoming Boston Legal episode, read on for some juicy spoilers. Read more »
Not being cast in the latest Star Trek movie has apparently upset William Shatner, who is known for playing Captain Kirk in the sci-fi series.  Shatner, who now stars in ABC‘s hit dramedy, Boston Legal, ranted about his non-inclusion in the film while at a book signing for Star Trek Academy: Collision Course in Hollywood last week. "How could you not put one of the founding figures into a movie that was being resurrected?  That doesn‘t make good business sense to me," Shatner told Extra TV at the book signing. Read more »
James Spader is one of the most prolific actors in the entertainment industry.  In the nearly 30 years that he has spent in show business, he has managed to win three Emmy Awards, with the most recent two for his portrayal of Alan Shore on Boston‘s Legal.  However, his acting prowess is not only evident to critics and viewers, but to industry heads and his costars as well. "His acting chops are unmatched,” actress Mare Winningham, who recently guest-starred in Boston Legal, said, “and when you are in a scene with him and he is in the courtroom and he has a mouthful, it is showstopping.  Even as a person in the scene, I was excited to be there.  Watching him work was really a pleasure.” Read more »
Boston Legal is reportedly welcoming another guest star to its lineup, and its none other than sci-fi actor Scott Bakula. According to TV Guide‘s Michael Ausiello, Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley has tapped Bakula to play the former flame of Shirley Schmidt, played by Candice Bergen.  This will be the second time the two will share the screen together, as Bakula played Bergen‘s occasional love interest on the hit comedy series, Murphy Brown.   Read more »
The holidays are upon ABC‘s Boston Legal, and tonight, viewers will be treated to the show‘s special Christmas episode, simply entitled “Green Christmas.” According to the network, “Green Christmas” will follow Carl Sack (John Larroquette) and Katie Lloyd (Tara Summers) as they defend Crane Poole & Schmidt offices against someone who claims that Denny Crane (William Shatner) misled them about the environmental friendliness of the firm.  Meanwhile, Alan Shore (James Spader) goes up against a bank when Clarence Bell (Gary Anthony Williams) faces a threat of foreclosure on his home.  Whitney Rome (Taraji P. Henson) takes on a 14-year-old boy, whose parents have taken legal measures in the hopes of taking away his iPhone after they catch him using the device to view pornography. To learn more about Boston Legal‘s holiday episode, read on for some mild spoilers. Read more »
The new year is ushering in a batch of pre-strike episodes of several shows, one of which is ABC‘s Boston Legal.  The last time viewers caught a fresh installment of the legal dramedy was December 18, but the network is getting ready to break the dry spell, starting with an episode called “Mad About You.” To know more about “Mad About You”, as well as the other remaining episodes of Boston Legal, read on for spoilers. Read more »
Many crave the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but Boston Legal star Christian Clemenson says the lifestyle is not always what it‘s cracked up to be.  He should know, as his current television gig requires him to work 12-hour days that begin at six in the morning. "That is not an easy life," Clemenson, who portrays Jerry Espenson on Boston Legal, told Voice of America‘s Mike O‘Sullivan.  "And yes, there are these few moments, and they are only one a year where suddenly it seems glamorous where you get to dress up in a tuxedo and smile on a red carpet, but that is unusual.  Most of our work is really, really difficult." Read more »
Nominees for the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced Sunday, and for the second straight year, ABC lorded over fellow broadcast networks NBC and FOX, garnering nine nominations overall.  The nods were distributed among such ABC scripted shows as Boston Legal, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, Desperate Housewives and All My Children.The network also received nods for the 20/20 story "My Secret Self: A Story of Transgender Children, "and for the Good Morning America news segment "Sent Away to ‘Change.‘" Read more »
Back in early December, BuddyTV reported that Quantum Leap and Star Trek: Enterprise actor Scott Bakula would be guest-starring in an episode of ABC‘s Boston Legal.  Now, fans of the series will only have to wait one more week to see Bakula interacting with the lawyers of Crane, Poole & Schmidt.  However, those who cannot wait any longer are in for a treat, as Bakula‘s episode, "Glow in the Dark," is up for spoilery today. Read on only if you want to be spoiled. Read more »
William Shatner has made quite a name for himself in Hollywood.  After starring as Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series, he went on to do numerous notable film and television projects, including T.J. Hooker, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Miss Congeniality 1 and 2 and The Practice.  Now, he portrays the eccentric Denny Crane on ABC‘s legal dramedy, Boston Legal. Despite all that he has accomplished, however, Shatner seems to see nothing significant in the 50 or so years he has spent in the entertainment industry. Read more »
Yesterday, ION Media Networks, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement with 20th Century Television to air the hit ABC dramedy, Boston Legal, on ION Television starting this fall.  The agreement falls in line with the company‘s efforts to provide popular and diverse entertainment. “Boston Legal will be to ION Television what Denny Crane is to Crane, Poole & Schmidt – bold, outrageous and positively entertaining,” Brandon Burgess, chairman and CEO of ION Media Networks, said.  “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.” Read more »
Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner, known most for his roles on Star Trek and ABC‘s Boston Legal, has signed with Big Screen Entertainment Group (BSEG) on multiple projects.  The actor and the full service entertainment company have already begun production on their first joint effort. "We are beyond thrilled to be working with William Shatner, one of the most beloved and respected actors of our time," BSEG‘s CEO Kimberley Kates said.  "After achieving icon status playing Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, he continues to entertain audiences every week on ABC‘s Boston Legal, 40 years later: Truly an amazing career." Read more »
Last week on Boston Legal, we saw Episode 4.18, "The Court Supreme," which followed Alan Shore (James Spader) as he presented an appeal to the Supreme Court regarding a mentally challenged man who was unfortunately convicted of statutory rape.  Lorraine Weller (Saffron Burrows) on the other hand, approached Katie Lloyd (Tara Summers) with unexpected news about Jerry Espenson‘s (Christian Clemenson) girlfriend. In tonight‘s episode, we‘ll be seeing more of the Legal crew as Denny Crane (William Shatner) does something very unexpected.Boston Legal‘s Episode 4.19, entitled "Indecent Proposals" will air tonight in its new timeslot at 10pm. Read on to see what‘s to come in tonight‘s episode. Read more »
Men In Trees has been canceled.  The Anne Heche-led series has had its fair share of ups and downs over its short life.  It has had its moments (especially when placed after Grey‘s Anatomy on the schedule) but Men In Trees turned into one of those shows that suffered from schizophrenic scheduling, ABC moving it all around its prime time landscape, as well as keeping it off the air for long stretches of time.  Now, it is gone for good.  The Hollywood Reporter took a look at a number of so-called “on the bubble” shows today and their conclusions are somewhat surprising.  Keep reading to find out the possible (probable, maybe) fates of Reaper, Moonlight, Boston Legal and more. Read more »
While many networks might be in trouble next Fall due to the writers‘ strike shrinking the new pilot season, ABC is looking quite good.  It has a solid stable of returning favorites (Ugly Betty, Grey‘s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives), hit reality shows (The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars) and a solid 2007 freshman class that will return for sophomore seasons (Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Samantha Who?).  This doesn‘t leave much room for new or bubble shows, so this season ABC is cleaning out its closet, dumping a lot of iffy shows while picking up a few gems from other networks. Read more »
Boston Legal may have been renewed for another season but that doesn‘t mean that ABC will run the legal dramedy for a long time. The network has just decided that the show‘s fifth season will also be its last.According to ABC president Steve McPherson, Boston Legal will bow out with a 13-episode run in the fall, which will push the show just past the 100-episode mark. Read more »
ABC, the number two network in all the land (and only behind FOX because of the Super Bowl and American Idol), had its upfront presentation early this morning.  The network unveiled its Fall schedule, and it‘s pretty hard to get excited about it.  Nothing against ABC – the schedule is good, probably the best, top to bottom, of any network – it‘s just that there weren‘t many openings this time around.  Last season ABC launched eight new shows in the Fall, the most of any network.  For the most part, ABC hit a homerun with Dirty Sexy Money, Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Samantha Who?, and Eli Stone in the mid-season.Networks rarely have so many returning second-year shows.  Because of this, ABC had very little work to do this pilot season.  There are only two new shows on the Fall schedule, with two more targeted for the mid-season.  Continue reading for a detailed description of the schedule and new shows. Read more »
Denny Crane and Alan Shore have always been close friends despite their great political differences, conflicting ideologies and questionable courtroom strategies.  Throughout Boston Legal, the two almost always share a scene enjoying a cigar and a glass of Scotch on the balcony of the law firm, talking over the events that had happened at the end of the episode. On the next episode, however, that just might not be the case. It‘s Denny versus Alan on the season ender of Boston Legal tonight at 10/9c on ABC. Read more »