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VIBE – Saturday 8 January, 7.30pm

It’s the fifth and final call for the world’s wackiest attorneys:

Crane, Poole and Schmidt…

This month marks the end of an era as the Golden Globe� and Emmy�-award winning series, Boston Legal, returns to Vibe for one last fling in the courtroom!

The final season finds the firm in financial straits; Crane continues his battle with Alzheimer’s; Poole receives an interesting proposal; and Schmidt plans her wedding, but she’s not the only one for whom the wedding bells toll… Notable guest stars include: Roma Maffia (Nip/Tuck), Jane Lynch (Glee), the legendary Betty White (Golden Girls; Hot In Cleveland), and Julie Bowen (Modern Family).

VIBE – Mondays from 14 December, 9.30pm (encores Sundays, 10.20pm)

The less-than-dynamic duo of Alan Shore and Denny Crane return in a new season, fighting in the name of misguided justice, Mondays on Vibe.

In the fourth season of the Emmy award winning series, the spotlight is momentarily stolen from Alan (James Spader) and Denny (William Shatner) when Alan’s old flame Lorraine (Saffron Burrows, Troy) shows up – just what is she hiding? Complicating matters further, Denny is horrified to discover that his nemesis, senior partner Carl Sack (John Larroquette, Night Court), has transferred to Boston to run litigation.

VIBE – Thursdays from 18 June, 9.30pm

This award-winning series may have come to an end, but don’t despair… you can still get your fix of crazy capers from the firm of Crane Poole and Schmidt this June on Vibe.

Led by an Emmy® Award-winning cast that includes James Spader and William Shatner as unlikely kindred spirits Alan Shore and Denny Crane, BOSTON LEGAL returns to Vibe for a third season to tell the professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Fast-paced and darkly comedic, the series confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law.

This season’s stellar assortment of guest stars includes Michael J. Fox (Spin City), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Katey Segal (8 Simple Rules) and Laura Leighton (Melrose Place).

This week sees the end of an era when the legendary Crane, Poole & Schmidt closes its doors for the last time on Boston Legal, screening on Tuesday, April 28th at 9:30pm on 3.

With the popular spin-off of The Practice nearing its series finale, the Emmy-winning writer/producer of Boston Legal David Kelley is said to find himself without a television series for the first time in over two decades.

Having recently completed the final script for Boston Legal, Kelley says that he never thought the series would make it past a couple of seasons, much less five: “I feel satisfied, we had run a good course,” he tells Entertainment Weekly.

But what fans really want to know is how will Boston Legal end? Will Alan Shore (James Spader) finally lose his job at Crane, Poole, & Schmidt? “Yes… and no,” Kelley says.

“That’s not a big part [of the ending]. It’s a small component that pays off a little bit in the last couple of episodes.”

And what about ongoing hints that Denny’s (William Shatner) mad cow disease could turn into a full-blown battle with Alzheimer’s?

“We will get into it a little bit, but whether we resolve it, I’m not telling,” he says.

Surprisingly, despite Kelly’s extensive career the Boston Legal finale is one of the very few the writer/producer has written. Kelley wasn’t there for the last bows of his previous series L.A. Law, Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, and Boston Public, and he never felt like The Practice ended because it spun into Boston Legal.

“This one feels like a finale,” he says. “There are no nuclear devices that blow up – but if executed properly, this one could be my favourite. It will be satisfying.”

Make sure not to miss this much talked about finale when we say goodbye to all the wacky Crane, Poole & Schmidt attorneys on the last ever episode of Boston Legal, screening on Tuesday, April 28th at 9:30pm on 3.

Tuesday, March 31st at 9:30pm on TV3

As the legendary Boston Legal nears its series finale Carl (John Larroquette) and Denny (William Shatner) go to Virginia to defend a prison guard who shot a death-row inmate when a lethal-injection execution was botched on this week’s instalment of Boston Legal, screening on Tuesday, March 31st at 9:30pm on 3.

With the popular spin-off of The Practice nearing its series finale, the Emmy-winning writer/producer of Boston Legal David Kelley is said to find himself without a television series for the first time in over two decades.

Having recently completed the final script for Boston Legal, Kelley says that he never thought the series would make it past a couple of season, much less five.

But what fans really want to know is how will Boston Legal end? Will Alan Shore (James Spader) finally lose his job at the legendary Crane, Poole, & Schmidt? “Yes…and no,” Kelley tells Entertainment Weekly.

“That’s not a big part [of the ending]. It’s a small component that pays off a little bit in the last couple of episodes.”

And what about ongoing hints that Denny’s (William Shatner) mad cow disease could turn into a full-blown battle with Alzheimer’s? “We will get into it a little bit, but whether we resolve it, I’m not telling,” he says.

Despite Kelly’s extensive career the Boston Legal finale is surprisingly one of the very few the writer/producer has written. Kelley wasn’t there for the last bows of his previous series L.A. Law, Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, and Boston Public, and he never felt like The Practice ended because it spun into Boston Legal.

“This one feels like a finale,” he says. “There are no nuclear devices that blow up – but if executed properly, this one could be my favourite. It will be satisfying.”

New Zealand fans still have a few episodes to go till this much talked about final, so make sure not to miss this week’s lead up when Boston Legal continues on Tuesday, March 31st at 9:30pm on 3.

 

Tuesday, March 17th at 9:30pm on TV3

William Shatner’s Denny Crane and his best friend and partner in law Alan Shore (James Spader) take on the USDA when a cattle rancher (played by Valerie Bertinelli) is not allowed to test her cows for Mad Cow Disease on the latest instalment of Boston Legal, screening on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:30pm on 3.

William Shatner has been a television icon to multiple generations, whether as Star Trek’s Captain Kirk or his many film roles; however the actor says that it’s Boston Legal’s Denny Crane that he gets most recognition for.

“I probably get recognised more for Denny Crane than anything else,” reveals Shatner to American TV Guide.

“And instead of the usual ‘I hate to bother you’, which they say when they think of me as Captain Kirk [Star Trek], they come up and go, ‘Say Denny Crane!’ The name is great – it’s like a foghorn.”

But it’s more than just the name that gives the character his cult status. Last season alone saw Denny arrested twice, appeal before the Supreme Court, join the Coast Guard and almost run for president. With such an extensive resume, what is left for Crane? “There’s a great deal more,” says Shatner.

“This season, he’s preoccupied with his love arrangements with women. And his equipment. But the mainstay is still him being precariously between senility and [sanity]. And the audaciousness of his ideas, mostly built on his singular thought: himself.”

The actor has also got some interesting ideas regarding Denny’s swansong, as the current season of Boston Legal will be the series’ final.

“He could die, or he could shrug off the effects of age,” says Shatner. “I’d like to see one of those two. I guess dying is not a great idea, but gaining some feeling of restitution of his youth would be interesting.”

What about Denny finally losing a case and tainting his undefeated trial record? “Yeah, I think that would be an interesting way to go out. Maybe he finally has to lose one to measure how good he was before.”

But will he be as good as he thinks he is when it comes to taking on the USDA? Find out when Boston Legal continues with its latest season on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:30pm on 3.

Weeknights from 16 March at 5.20pm and 10.30pm on VIBE

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the courtroom…

Go right back to the beginning of this Emmy and Golden Globe winning drama about a quirky law firm full of ethically-challenged lawyers every weeknight on Vibe. James Spader and William Shatner star as Alan Shore and Denny Crane, unlikely kindred spirits among the brigade of high-priced litigators at Crane, Poole and Schmidt.

 

Tuesday, February 3rd at 9:30pm

Television fans are reeling with excitement over the fact that their favourite series is heading back to our screens when Boston Legal premieres its brand new season on Tuesday, February 3rd at 9:30pm on 3.

Created by the legendary David E. Kelley, Boston Legal returns with Alan Shore (James Spader), Denny Crane (William Shatner), Carl Sack (John Larroquette), Katie Lloyd (Tara Summers) and Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen) as they continue with their courtroom battles.

The series, now in its fifth season, tells the professional and personal stories of these brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Fast-paced and wildly comedic, Boston Legal often confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law.

And it’s for this reason fans of the series often refer to Boston Legal as one of the most political, topical and self-referential series on television. And according to Kelley the show’s fifth season will be no different.

The Boston Legal creator recently revealed that the upcoming season will feature episodes addressing legal cases involving the USDA, pharmaceutical advertising, the presidential campaign and the election of Barack Obama.

“Our show is about ideas and it became very organic to make politics part of this show,” Kelley tells The Post-Gazette. “Our best episodes are the ones we’d sit down to write three or four weeks before they air,” he adds.

Not only does Boston Legal get to tell real stories, Kelley also says real-life journalists are often resentful of the great subject matter the series deals with.

“One of our writers is an ex-journalist and he used to get calls from his colleagues in the news business and at newsmagazine shows saying they were envious,” says the creator. “We got to tell stories they wanted to do but were not allowed to because it was not hot enough copy for the news.”

And this week’s premier is no different, the episode titled “Smoke Signals” sees Alan (James Spader) help Bethany Horowitz (Meredith Eaton) fight a tobacco company, but when he learns the defense attorney is his former lover he fears he won’t be able to perform in court.

So how will this legendary television attorney overcome his fears? Find out when Boston Legal returns with an all new season on Tuesday, February 3rd at 9:30pm on 3.

In our second post reviewing the world of TV in 2008, we reveal the Top 5 shows which ended this year:

  1. Boston Legal
  2. Jericho
  3. Agenda
  4. Men In Trees
  5. Eli Stone

Boston Legal: 5 seasons, 101 episodes and it’s a sad farewell to Denny Crane.  The LA Times said: “it has tried to address adult topics in full paragraphs in the only way possible given television’s current devotion to immaturity and outrageousness — with characters so odd they defied gravity. (With his tie-flipping, teeth-grinding, jaw-adjusting, arm-waving and sudden piercing stares, Spader’s Alan was so tic-driven he often seemed in danger of bursting through not just the fourth wall, but the entire set.)”.

Jericho: Not even 20 tonnes of nuts sent by fans to CBS and the largest online protest could stop the show from eventually being cancelled.  The fans did get 29 episodes in total and some closure.

Agenda: Being highly respected by journalists, quoted in Parliament and used to generate countless news stories didn’t count enough in the end, it was all about the low ratings early Saturday morning. The show celebrated 100 episodes early last year.

Men in Trees: The sweet sappy light hearted show lasted 36 episodes, with 5 screening for the first time in New Zealand.  The press seemed more interested in Anne Heche’s off-screen relationship sagas, leaving her husband for her co-star and on-screen love interest James Tupper.

Eli Stone: Barely given a chance on TV2, this delightfully warm, quirky and lovable show lasted a mere 26 episodes.  Notable guest appearances came from George Michael and Katie Holmes.

See also: Top 3 New NZ TV Shows in 2008