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.

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Dec 10, 2008 8:16AM EST

Very sorry to hear that this has finished. Consistently high quality, superb acting and characterisation. Well thought out and presented story lines. It's what a top notch tv show should be.

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Dec 11, 2008 1:23PM EST

Well, another intelligent show is gone. I haven't had t.v since 2003 for this very reason. The few good shows that are out there I find online because I can't justify paying 40-100 month for mostly junk. It's really unfortunate. Maybe with a different administration we'll see a more open-minded, intelligent America making their voices heard. Until then, reality shows and mindless prime-time soap operas.

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Dec 28, 2008 11:52PM EST

ABC Sucks.What are they going to give us now, more stupid "so-called " REALITY SHOWS. I hope they go down the drain. I am tired of these idiots losing all the shows that we love.

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Jan 22, 2009 3:56PM EST

I am no longer watching ABC they are getting rid of any show that actually has a plot. I am just so tired of these so called reality shows that don't even have any bases in reality. I say we need to bring back the writers who actually know how to tell a story and make people think about situations not just who's the best and money.

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May 14, 2009 6:39AM EDT

i love boston legal so much.. it's so sad that ABC cut it off.. :( i love the allan-denny love affair and their common love for shirley.. it's so sad to see it go off air.. im in the legal profession and i admire how they make it a very funny one with a touch of reality.. i hope Kelley will come up with a continuation of some sort in another network.. ;)

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