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David E. Kelley makes a move

by Paul Goebel, posted May 28th 2008 4:44PM

David E. Kelley and the cast of Boston legalAfter more than twenty years at 20th Century Fox TV, Emmy-winning writer-producer David E. Kelley is packing his bags.

One of the longest and most succesful collaborations in television history is coming to an end as Kelley announced that he is entering into a three-year partnership with Warner Bros. TV.

The new deal, said to be worth around eight figures, will have Kelley developing new shows for broadcast and cable as well as Warner's digital projects.

Kelley's deal with 20th Century Fox, which spawned TV hits such as Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and The Practice, expires in June, and the final series under that deal, Boston Legal, is in production for its final season 13-episode order at ABC.

Even though Kelley has been at Fox since his TV career with his job as a writer on L.A. Law in 1986, the change was prompted by Kelley's desire to deal less with administrative issues and more with creating shows.

While Fox did make an offer for a new deal with Kelley he ultimately opted to go to Warner Bros., partly because of his relationship with studio president Peter Roth, who used to work with him at Fox.

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I guess that means that this is, indeed, the last season and the last 13 episodes of Boston Legal. Let's hope they go out strong.

May 29 2008 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm interested (if also a little worried) to see what he does with "Life on Mars," but I feel like his star hasn't really been rising since the late '90s. Maybe it's just that I don't watch "Boston Legal," but I think gone are the days when any show the man touched turned to gold.

May 28 2008 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Boston Public was a hit and was great until they added Seven of Nine.

May 28 2008 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He needs to make the move to cable. His shows have been great for network TV, and I think he can really shine on Showtime or FX. And how about ABC already ordering another legal show? Looks like they perhaps didn't like Boston Legal, Emmy awards aside.

May 28 2008 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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