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David E. Kelley: ABC Shunned Boston Legal; "Satisfied" with Series Run

Boston Legal closed its doors for the final time Monday night, ending a five-year run and a two-decade-old era in the process. With its two-hour bow, Legal's goodbye means it'll be the first time in 22 years that television is without a topical David E. Kelley program on air. But it didn't have to end this way. "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." Even though it was developed as a spinoff of Kelley's critically acclaimed The Practice , Legal got the bastard child treatment from the Alphabet from the very beginning, Kelley felt. "Five years into the show, if anyone has ever seen the show at ABC, they've yet to bring it to my attention," he said. The apathy stems from Legal's production studio, 20th Century Fox Television - which means ABC does not own the series, giving it more reason to push it off to the side and focus on their own development slate. Though never a ratings hit, Legal did nab five Emmys, was the stomping ground of over-50 well-known actors and actresses, made more meta-references than you can count, and created a character in and of itself out of a balcony. And while Kelley would love to have gone for Season 6, he is not bitter at having his Alan Shore-Denny Crane idiosyncratic love affair of sorts cut short. "I feel satisfied we had run a good course," he said. read from: TvGuide

Dylan McDermott Finalizes Divorce

Dylan McDermott and wife Shiva Rose have finalized their divorce, ending 13 years of marriage, People reports. Per court papers, the divorce will be official Jan. 2 after the legally required six-month waiting period in California. The actor filed for divorce in May, citing the usual "irreconcilable differences." The couple has two daughters, Colette, 12, and Charlotte, 3. Though the court papers do not detail the custody arrangements, McDermott had originally requested joint custody. read from: TvGuide

Dylan McDermott Gets in Line for TNT

Dylan McDermott has landed the lead in The Line, TNT 's new drama pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series focuses on a squad of undercover LAPD officers who do their job while battling the allure of easy, dirty money. McDermott, who won an Emmy for his work as Bobby Donnell on The Practice , will play Lt. Andre Carter, a veteran cop who created and runs this secret unit. read more from: TvGuide

Bones Casting News: Michael Badalucco to Guest Star

Michael Badalucco - probably best known to most as Jimmy from The Practice (oh, how I miss The Practice...) is set to guest star on at least one episode of next season of Bones . Badalucco will be playing a grad student working in the lab...a not-so-young grad student... Source: TV Guide