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Ally McBeal (TV Series 1997–2002) Poster

(1997–2002)

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In an effort to boost ratings, Robert Downey Jr. was hired to play Ally's love interest at the start of season four. The ratings increased and David E. Kelley began planning to have that season end with the wedding between Ally and Robert Downey Jr.'s character. However, before production on the season finale could begin, Downey was arrested on a drug-related charge. Despite objections from David E. Kelley, Fox fired Downey from the show and forced Kelley to have to rewrite a brand new season finale episode that removed Larry Paul character from the series and rewrite and re-shoot a new ending to the previous episode so as to remove all references to the aborted wedding storyline. Ironically, the episode's title remained "The Wedding".
During the "thin" epidemic of Hollywood in the late-1990s, the average size of the women on the set was 0-2. Jane Krakowski, a size 6 reportedly said some days she felt like a "fat cow".
Lara Flynn Boyle audition to play Ally. Although she didn't win the role, David E. Kelley liked her so much that he wrote the character of Helen Gamble on The Practice (1997) just for her.
Peter MacNicol does not appear in the pilot, though he's in the second episode as a guest star. He joined the regular cast later in the first season.
Creator David E. Kelley originally envisioned Bridget Fonda in the role of Ally McBeal.
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Gil Bellows plays William ("Billy") Thomas. In The Shawshank Redemption (1994), he plays Thomas ("Tommy") Williams.
Ling Woo (Lucy Liu) wasn't originally intended to be a regular, but David E. Kelley liked her so much as a guest star, he and the writer decided to reveal that she has a law degree and join the firm after a few episodes, giving her a reason to be there.
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Nell's real name is Morgan.
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The song "Tell him" by various different artists, including the original by The Exciters, written by Bert Berns, is featured in 52 out of 112 episodes.
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The show was cancelled in May 2002 because of falling ratings and decreasing viewer interest.
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John's frogs are named Millie and Stefan.
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Liza's real name is Debbi.
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