Zimmer, Bowen exit Boston Legal while Larroquette joins the cast
Over the last three seasons Boston Legal has been known as a program with a pretty busy revolving door when it comes to cast members coming and going. Usually, though, it was some of the smaller fish in the pond that came and went like the wind. This time around some of the bigger fish have been given their walking papers instead.
According to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello Constance Zimmer, Julie Bowen, Mark Valley and Rene Auberjonois have been let go from the program. To fill the void, former Night Court actor John Larroquette will be joining the series as a regular, but not as the character he portrayed on The Practice. Instead, he'll be (another) attorney from the New York offices of Crane, Poole and Schmidt. Also joining the cast will be Dirt's Tara Summers, who will play a young associate to the firm. Finally, much to some people's chagrin, Christian Clemenson, who portrays the quirky Jerry Espenson, will be promoted to series regular.
A few observations. Is it any surprise that Rene Auberjonois was let go? Out of all of the show's cast members he had the least to do. While he was part of a decent story last season he was quite inactive this time around. I'm also not surprised that Bowen and Valley are gone. I'm particularly glad that Valley is gone because his character (Brad Chase) was utterly annoying. I am a bit surprised that they let Constance Zimmer go. I liked her character, and thought her relationship with Clarence was cute. I don't think the producers of Legal gave her enough to show her stuff.
Now, is it just me or does Boston Legal have one of the oldest casts on network television? With John Larroquette joining, the average age of the four main players (James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, and Larroquette) is sixty-years-old. I don't have an issue with that, mind you. It's actually a breath of fresh air to see a show with older actors do so well in today's 'the younger, the better' age of television.