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7 items from 2007

'Boston' as '08 syndie is appealing

12 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Boston Legal has made its case for a fall 2008 launch in broadcast syndication.

Twentieth Television has cleared the legal drama as a weekly off-net series in 50% of the U.S.

Meanwhile, CBS Television Distribution has cleared its Dr. Phil spinoff, tentatively titled The Doctors, in 75% of the U.S. for its fall 2008 launch in first-run syndication.

Twentieth president and COO Bob Cook said Boston Legal has been "generating excitement among the local stations." The show has been cleared in 46 markets so far, including ABC-owned KABC Los Angeles, WLS Chicago, KTRK Houston and KGO San Francisco; NBC's KXAS Dallas; Scripps' WXYZ Detroit and WEWS Cleveland; Sunbeam's WHDH Boston and WSVN Miami; Allbriton's WJLA Washington; Meredith's KPHO Phoenix; and Cox's WSB Atlanta.

Boston Legal, in its fourth season on ABC, stars James Spader and William Shatner. The show is produced by David E. Kelley Prods. and 20th Century Fox Television. Kelley, who created the series, executive produces with Bill D'Elia.

Doctors features five practicing medical professionals, ranging from a plastic surgeon to an OB/GYN to a therapist, who will discuss such medical topics as painkillers, obesity or vaccines. »

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Spader Forgot His Mom's Birthday on Emmy Night

18 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

James Spader was so stunned to win an Emmy Award on Sunday he forgot to wish his mother a happy birthday during his acceptance speech. The Boston Legal star was so convinced hot favorite James Gandolfini would win the Best Actor prize he didn't pen an acceptance speech - and admits he forgot his own name as he took the stage. After joking, "I feel like I just stole a pile of money from the Mob - and they're all sitting right over there," Spader rambled through a dazed acceptance speech and only remembered his mother's big day when he got backstage. He says, "I told every news organization that I really just wanted to wish my mother a happy birthday. I wish I had remembered out there on the stage." »

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'The Sopranos' Win & Lose Big at Emmys

18 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Sopranos, miniseries Broken Trail, Tony Bennett and Prime Suspect shared the glory at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, claiming three honors apiece. But, as well as being among the big winners, mobster drama The Sopranos was also the ceremony's big loser - despite making history as the Emmys' most nominated show, its cast members were overlooked in all the individual acting categories. Even Boston Legal star James Spader was stunned when he beat The Sopranos' James Gandolfini for the Best Actor prize. He said, "Oh my goodness, I feel like I just stole a pile of money from the Mob - and they're all sitting right over there." Instead, the show, which ended in America in May, claimed the Outstanding Drama Series prize and awards for writing and directing. In his send-off speech, the show's creator David Chase joked, "Let's face it, if the world and this nation was run by gangsters... Maybe it is!" Tony Bennett's hits show, Tony Bennett: An American Classic, claimed the night's Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special prize, while Rob Marshall was named Outstanding Director for the special and Bennett himself took home the Outstanding Individual Performance honor. Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church won acting prizes for acclaimed western Broken Trail, which also claimed the night's Outstanding Miniseries award. And Oscar winner Helen Mirren added to her 2007 trophies when she claimed an Outstanding Lead Actress honor for Prime Suspect: The Final Act. The British police drama also picked up directing and writing awards. Ugly Betty star America Ferrera was by far the night's most popular individual winner - a huge roar went up at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles when she was named Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. »

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Prizes and surprises: 'Sopranos,' '30 Rock' win

17 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Sopranos predictably took home top drama series honors for its swan song season, but it was a clutch of other winners -- rookie 30 Rock as best comedy series and surprise nods in the acting categories -- that turned the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards into a show that spread the wealth into unexpected corners Sunday.

The even playing field was reflected in the network tally where HBO, NBC and ABC were tied for the lead with six wins each.

HBO's Sopranos became the first drama in 30 years to win the best series Emmy for its final season and also won for writing and directing. But after three wins apiece, its stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco lost the chance to clench a fourth trophy; they were supplanted onstage by James Spader for ABC's Boston Legal and Sally Field for the same network's Brothers & Sisters as lead drama series actor and actress.

Accepting his top drama series award for The Sopranos -- the show's second after seven nominations in the category -- executive producer David Chase said, "Thanks to the Academy, to HBO for seven or 10 years or whatever it was of just pure support, and thanks to James Gandolfini and Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli and Aida Turturro."

"I've said it many times, and I'll say it again, but maybe the best thing about this has been working with this cast. They are great. I also have wanted to thank a lot of the really extremely talented musicians who licensed us their music like The Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello. These people, we've ridden on their coattails."

Chase concluded by praising the gangster culture that his series glorified, noting, "Let's face it, if this world and this nation were run by gangsters ... maybe it is."

The comedy categories also had their share of surprises. The crowd at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was audibly stunned when Ricky Gervais' name was read for his performance in HBO's Extras over favorites Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock and Steve Carell for The Office as well as three-time winner Tony Shalhoub for USA Network's Monk. Gervais, a no-show at the Shrine, previously had been nominated for his British edition of The Office as well as earning a statuette for exec producing NBC's The Office when it won for comedy series last year.

Comedy Central faux newsmen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert presented the award. "Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight," Stewart said. "Instead, we're going to give this to our friend Steve Carell!" inspiring Carell to jubilantly sprint to the stage.

Gervais' win was the first triumph in the comedy lead actor category for HBO, and the first such win for a British thesp in decades.

The victory by 30 Rock had hardly been seen as a slam-dunk; it mirrored a similar win by another low-rated freshman comedy, Fox's Arrested Development in 2004.

30 Rock executive producer, writer and star Tina Fey accepted the outstanding comedy series honor with her jubilant cast members and fellow writers and producers standing behind her. She thanked Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Universal Television Group, and the network's former entertainment president, Kevin Reilly, for "believing in us enough to leave us on the air. We have the best cast and crew in all of television." She concluded by thanking the "dozens and dozens of viewers" who watch the ratings-challenged comedy.

Although it was the third Emmy win for both Spader and Field, each seemed initially dazed.

Spader made his way to the stage after an awkward moment when the reading of his first name briefly made those gathered around Gandolfini start to stand up before the surname Spader stunned them into seated near-silence.

Spader appeared equally taken off-guard, noting in his acceptance speech: "Oh, my goodness, I feel like I just stole a pile of money from the mob, and they're all sitting right over there. Where the hell is Elaine Stritch when you need her?"

A flummoxed Field, who has a pair of Oscars to go with her Emmy triumphs, let go a hyperactive burst after taking hold of her prize onstage.

After a windup, her remarks climaxed with a perhaps inevitable denunciation of the war. »

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Boston Legal: When Will It Return to ABC?

31 July 2007 12:50 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The cast and crew of the David E. Kelley "drama" series Boston Legal had plenty of reason to celebrate when the recent Emmy nominations were announced. The series was nominated for Best Drama and series stars James Spader and William Shatner also picked up nominations. The cast and crew returned to work last week but their show's future may not feel as secure as it once did.

Boston Legal, as you probably know, was a spin-off of Kelley's popular drama The Practice. The quirky legal series debuted on October 3, 2004 and ranked 27th for the season with an average of 12.5 million viewers each week. Season two dropped to 46th for the year with 10.3 million viewers. Season three slipped to 48th and attracted an average of 9.9 million each week. Though the ratings are still respectable, the series can't be considered a big hit. Last May, ABC even postponed Legal's season three finale until after the sweeps period. »


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'Legal' maneuver: Broch upped

29 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There has been a change behind the scenes at Boston Legal, David E. Kelley's comedic drama for ABC.

Executive producer Janet Leahy has left the series, produced by David E. Kelley Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV.

Lawrence Broch, who served as consulting producer on the show for the past two seasons, has been named co-executive producer and head writer.

In addition to creator/executive producer Kelley and Broch, the writing team for Boston Legal next season includes consulting producers Phoef Sutton and Susan Dickes, producer Craig Turk, executive story editors Sanford Golden and Karen Wyscarver and story editor Corinne Brinkerhoff.

Boston Legal, a spinoff of The Practice that stars James Spader and William Shatner, returns for a fourth season in the fall. Although not the ratings hit like its predecessor, it has developed a devoted core group of fans.

Broch's credits include the comedies Ellen, Roseanne, Norm and George Lopez.

He is repped by WMA. »

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SAG nominees!

5 January 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Babel, Dreamgirls and Little Miss Sunshine garnered 3 noms each while Blood Diamond, The Departed, Little Children and Notes on a Scandal grabbed a pair each. Winners to be announced on Jan.28th, the SAG noms are chosen by a panel of 2,100 guild members. Here is the complete list for both film and television.Motion PICTURESActorLeonardo DiCaprio - "Blood Diamond"Ryan Gosling - "Half Nelson"Peter O'Toole - "Venus"Will Smith - "The Pursuit of Happyness"Forest Whitaker - "The Last King of Scotland" ActressPenelope Cruz - "Volver"Judi Dench - "Notes on a Scandal"Helen Mirren - "The Queen"Meryl Streep - "The Devil Wears Prada"Kate Winslet - "Little Children" Supporting ActorAlan Arkin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Departed"Jackie Earle Haley - "Little Children"Djimon Hounsou - "Blood Diamond"Eddie Murphy - "Dreamgirls" Supporting ActressAdriana Barraza - "Babel"Cate Blanchett - "Notes on a »

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