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Release Date:
3 October 2004 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the courtroom.
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This Spinoff of The Practice will focus on Civil Law. Full summary »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 261)

James Spader ... Alan Shore (101 episodes, 2004-2008)

William Shatner ... Denny Crane (101 episodes, 2004-2008)

Candice Bergen ... Shirley Schmidt (91 episodes, 2005-2008)

Rene Auberjonois ... Paul Lewiston (71 episodes, 2004-2008)

Mark Valley ... Brad Chase (70 episodes, 2004-2007)

Julie Bowen ... Denise Bauer (52 episodes, 2005-2008)

Christian Clemenson ... Jerry Espenson (50 episodes, 2005-2008)
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Series Directed by
Mike Listo (19 episodes, 2004-2008)
Bill D'Elia (17 episodes, 2004-2008)
Robert Yannetti (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Steve Robin (7 episodes, 2006-2008)
James R. Bagdonas (6 episodes, 2005-2008)
Jeff Bleckner (6 episodes, 2005-2008)
Arlene Sanford (4 episodes, 2004-2008)
Lou Antonio (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Terlesky (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jeannot Szwarc (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
Mel Damski (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ron Underwood (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Stephen Cragg (2 episodes, 2005-2007)
Adam Arkin (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tom Verica (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Eric Stoltz (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Writing credits
David E. Kelley (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Lawrence Broch (16 episodes, 2005-2008)
Janet Leahy (11 episodes, 2005-2007)
Susan Dickes (11 episodes, 2006-2008)
Michael Reisz (10 episodes, 2005-2007)
Sanford Golden (10 episodes, 2006-2008)
Karen Wyscarver (10 episodes, 2006-2008)
Phoef Sutton (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Corinne Brinkerhoff (9 episodes, 2006-2008)
Andrew Kreisberg (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jonathan Shapiro (7 episodes, 2004-2008)
Craig Turk (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jill Goldsmith (4 episodes, 2008)
Scott Kaufer (2 episodes, 2004)
Peter Ocko (2 episodes, 2004)
Jeff Rake (2 episodes, 2004)

Series Produced by
Bill D'Elia .... executive producer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
David E. Kelley .... executive producer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Janet G. Knutsen .... producer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Robert Breech .... consulting producer (99 episodes, 2004-2008)
Mike Listo .... co-executive producer / executive producer (98 episodes, 2004-2008)
Steve Robin .... supervising producer (98 episodes, 2004-2008)
Lawrence Broch .... consulting producer / co-executive producer / ... (80 episodes, 2005-2008)
Anne M. Uemura .... co-producer / associate producer (77 episodes, 2004-2008)
Phoef Sutton .... consulting producer (67 episodes, 2005-2008)
Susan Dickes .... consulting producer / co-executive producer (57 episodes, 2006-2008)
Janet Leahy .... executive producer / co-executive producer (47 episodes, 2005-2007)
Andrew Kreisberg .... producer (38 episodes, 2005-2007)
Craig Turk .... producer / co-producer (32 episodes, 2006-2008)
Michael Reisz .... co-producer (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
Scott Kaufer .... executive producer (21 episodes, 2004-2006)
Peter Ocko .... co-executive producer (18 episodes, 2004-2006)
Jonathan Shapiro .... supervising producer (18 episodes, 2004-2006)
Lukas Reiter .... supervising producer (13 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sanford Golden .... co-producer (13 episodes, 2008)
Dan Menchaca .... associate producer (13 episodes, 2008)
Karen Wyscarver .... co-producer (13 episodes, 2008)
Kerry Ehrin .... consulting producer (11 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sheila R. Lawrence .... consulting producer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jeff Rake .... executive producer (7 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Original Music by
Danny Lux (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
 
Series Cinematography by
James R. Bagdonas (70 episodes, 2004-2008)
Michael Lohmann (29 episodes, 2005-2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Craig Bench (36 episodes, 2004-2008)
Michael Hathaway (31 episodes, 2004-2008)
Philip Carr Neel (29 episodes, 2004-2008)
Tiffany Hauck (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Casting by
Ken Miller (39 episodes, 2004-2008)
Nikki Valko (39 episodes, 2004-2008)
 
Series Production Design by
Peter Politanoff (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
 
Series Art Direction by
Natalie Richards (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Mary Ann Biddle (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Jackie Carr (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
 
Series Costume Design by
Shelly Levine (69 episodes, 2004-2007)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jori Jenae .... makeup department head / key makeup artist (100 episodes, 2004-2008)
Steven Mack .... key hair stylist (88 episodes, 2004-2008)
Kelly Kline .... hair department head / key hair stylist (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jennifer Donish .... makeup artist (28 episodes, 2007-2008)
Autumn Moultrie .... makeup artist (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
Michael White .... hair stylist / assistant hair stylist (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Toby Lamm .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 2007-2008)
Robert Maverick .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2004-2007)
Sandra Rowden .... makeup artist / assistant makeup artist (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Marylin Lee .... additional makeup artist (4 episodes, 2008)

Donna Cicatelli-Lewis .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Andy Clement .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Cynthia Hernandez .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Julie Kristy .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Rela Martine .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Janet G. Knutsen .... unit production manager / production manager (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Dan Menchaca .... post-production supervisor (23 episodes, 2006-2008)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alicia Lewis .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (93 episodes, 2004-2008)
Beryl Cohen .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (34 episodes, 2007-2008)
Cara McCastlain .... second assistant director / first assistant director / ... (33 episodes, 2006-2008)
Carol L. Vitkay .... first assistant director (24 episodes, 2004-2008)
Leo Bauer .... first assistant director / second assistant director (22 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jodie Thomas .... second second assistant director (20 episodes, 2004-2005)
Robert Yannetti .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 2004-2008)
Vincent G. Gonzales .... second assistant director (15 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Nolan .... second second assistant director / additional second assistant director (11 episodes, 2006-2008)
Shea Farrell .... second second assistant director (9 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ellen Rosentreter .... day player second second assistant director (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
Vince Duque .... second second assistant director (5 episodes, 2007)
Craig Amendola .... second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Nancy Townsend .... second assistant director / second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2006)
Eric Oliver .... second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2007)

David Berke .... additional assistant director / second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Robert Dean .... construction coordinator (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Douglas M. Keenan .... property master (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Miehe .... set designer (67 episodes, 2004-2008)
Yaniv Bashan .... lead set dresser (60 episodes, 2005-2008)
Curtis Rogers .... set dresser (57 episodes, 2006-2008)
Kimberly Leonard .... buyer (51 episodes, 2005-2007)
Isabelle Trichard .... art department coordinator (44 episodes, 2004-2006)
Randy Bostic .... leadman (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Ashton Politanoff .... art department coordinator (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Steven M. Saylor .... set designer (30 episodes, 2005-2006)
Brad Denton .... paint supervisor (27 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jordan Paul .... set dresser (27 episodes, 2005-2006)
Abby Emmett .... art department coordinator (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
Drew Pierce .... painter (23 episodes, 2008)
Bill Davis .... props (14 episodes, 2005-2008)
Ted Sperling .... art department production assistant (14 episodes, 2007-2008)
Alan Hubbard .... painter (10 episodes, 2006)
Don Kaeding .... leadman (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Berj Daniel Bedrosian .... construction foreman (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Peter Flynn .... propmaker (3 episodes, 2004)
Michael Buha .... set dresser (2 episodes, 2005)
Kevin E. Vermeersch .... art department coordinator (2 episodes, 2008)

David Galvan .... painter (unknown episodes)
William F. Matthews .... set designer (unknown episodes)
J. Ryan .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Alexandra Ward .... art production assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Peter Kelsey .... sound re-recording mixer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Nick King .... sound utility (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
James M. McCann .... boom operator (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
David Rawlinson .... supervising sound editor / sound re-recording mixer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Herbert Rawlinson .... dialogue editor / sound editor (88 episodes, 2004-2008)
Craig Hunter .... sound re-recording mixer (44 episodes, 2004-2006)
Clark King .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Billy King .... boom operator (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (6 episodes, 2004-2007)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (4 episodes, 2004-2005)

Jacqueline Marie McLaughlin .... utility sound (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
John P. Cazin .... special effects coordinator (55 episodes, 2004-2008)
Chris Brenczewski .... special effects foreman (10 episodes, 2004-2008)
Blumes Tracy .... special effects technician (8 episodes, 2004-2008)
Charles Cooley .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 2004)

Ron Petruccione .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Michael Roderick .... digital compositor (44 episodes, 2004-2006)
Bill Millar .... visual effects supervisor (5 episodes, 2008)
Bob Minshall .... visual effects (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects (3 episodes, 2007-2008)

Matt von Brock .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Tony Jefferson .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Melissa Barker .... stunt double (2 episodes, 2006)
Mark Hicks .... stunts (2 episodes, 2007)
Sonny Tipton .... stunt double / stunt double: William Shatner (2 episodes, 2008)

Greg Dela Riva .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Danny Le Boyer .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ann Scott .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tim Sitarz .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Sirles .... best boy/grip / key grip (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jared Greenstein .... lighting console operator (100 episodes, 2004-2008)
Myron Hyman .... gaffer (91 episodes, 2004-2008)
Michael Lohmann .... steadicam operator: Camera Operator ("a" camera / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (87 episodes, 2004-2008)
Cale Finot .... assistant camera (67 episodes, 2004-2007)
Timothy McCrary .... lighting technician (47 episodes, 2007-2008)
Lloyd Barcroft .... key grip (38 episodes, 2004-2008)
Mark Davison .... camera operator: "b" camera / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (38 episodes, 2004-2008)
Christopher Goss .... steadicam & camera operator / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (33 episodes, 2007-2008)
Keith B. Davis .... first assistant camera: b (23 episodes, 2004-2006)
Adam C. Eichhorst .... grip and dolly grip (22 episodes, 2004-2008)
Michael Dronge .... dolly grip (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (10 episodes, 2006-2008)
Thomas Gonsalez Jr. .... gaffer (8 episodes, 2008)
William D. Barber .... camera operator: "a" camera (7 episodes, 2008)
Eric Felland .... rigging electrician (5 episodes, 2007)
Erin Franklyn .... rigging grip (4 episodes, 2007)
Riggs Murdock .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Nicole Turegano .... film loader / additional camera loader (3 episodes, 2004-2007)
John P. Fleenor .... electrician (3 episodes, 2006)
Chris Murphy .... camera operator: "b" camera (3 episodes, 2007)
Kris Krosskove .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2008)
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator: "a" camera (2 episodes, 2004)
Chris Moseley .... camera operator: "b" / camera operator: "b" camera (2 episodes, 2005)
Kenny Solomon .... electrician (2 episodes, 2005)
Robert Reed Altman .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)
Kent Harvey .... additional camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)
Eric McCandless .... still photographer (2 episodes, 2008)

Ffilip Bolton .... set electrician (unknown episodes)
Bill Brao .... camera operator: guest camera (unknown episodes)
Andreas Crawford .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
P.J. Gaynard .... rigging electrician (unknown episodes)
Michael Kennedy .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Joe Kudlack .... rigging gang boss (unknown episodes)
Michael Piekutowski .... rigging electrician (unknown episodes)
Michael Santoro .... best boy grip: off production (unknown episodes)
Rebel Schunke .... key grip: off production (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Vanessa Portillo .... extras casting (74 episodes, 2004-2008)
Traci Moscowitz .... casting assistant / casting associate (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Valerie Magoon .... casting assistant (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Gina Palumbo .... casting associate (7 episodes, 2004-2005)

Dianne Carter .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Flowers .... set costumer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Shelly Levine .... costume supervisor: men (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Charlotte Iwata .... key costumer (57 episodes, 2006-2008)
Hana Rausalova .... set costumer (57 episodes, 2006-2008)
Loree Parral .... costume supervisor: women (41 episodes, 2004-2008)
Stacey Seeds-Ferrence .... key costumer (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
Mary Lou Reinbold .... set costumer (11 episodes, 2008)
Aaron Millsap .... costumer (5 episodes, 2006-2007)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jack Keough .... post-production assistant (44 episodes, 2007-2008)
Shawn LeMonnier .... post-production technical supporter / assistant editor / ... (40 episodes, 2005-2008)
J. Randolph Harrison .... assistant editor (36 episodes, 2004-2008)
Chris Boyer .... final colorist (22 episodes, 2007-2008)
John David Buxton .... assistant editor / post-production assistant (20 episodes, 2004-2008)
Tiffany Hauck .... assistant editor (20 episodes, 2004-2006)
Aaron Nadler .... post-production coordinator (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
Tim LaValley .... title design (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Dan Menchaca .... post-production coordinator (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Noah Pontell .... assistant editor / additional editor (5 episodes, 2004-2006)
 
Series Music Department
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor (88 episodes, 2004-2008)
Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor (57 episodes, 2006-2008)
Avital Korin .... music editor (27 episodes, 2005-2006)
Andrew Gowan .... music coordinator (9 episodes, 2006)
Michael Lord .... composer: additional music (3 episodes, 2006)

Eddie Delena .... music recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Mitch Friedman .... production driver / transportation (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Wayne Morris .... transportation coordinator (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Stanley R. Webber .... transportation captain (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
David Guilbeau .... production driver (7 episodes, 2005)
Gina August .... driver (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Other crew
Jessica Levine .... executive assistant / assistant: Stacey Luchs (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
John Thaddeus .... adr loop group (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jennifer Aragao .... assistant to executive producer / assistant: Bill D'Elia (99 episodes, 2004-2008)
Amy Shaffer .... production coordinator (96 episodes, 2004-2008)
Stacey Luchs .... publicist / production associate (90 episodes, 2004-2008)
Heidi Hinzman .... production assistant / set production assistant (55 episodes, 2005-2008)
Kim Peterson .... production accountant (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Rick Silverman .... production executive (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Gary Stanek .... location manager (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Todd Pfeffer .... assistant: David E. Kelley (41 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jessica Ramos .... assistant: Mike Listo (41 episodes, 2004-2008)
Corinne Brinkerhoff .... story editor / executive story editor / ... (40 episodes, 2004-2008)
Brooke Roberts .... assistant to writer / writers' assistant (40 episodes, 2006-2008)
Charles B. Rosenberg .... technical advisor (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Jimmey Donchey .... script coordinator (35 episodes, 2006-2008)
Chris Tracy .... production assistant (35 episodes, 2006-2008)
Philip Weyland .... stand-in (34 episodes, 2004-2006)
Victoria Chiarello .... assistant to writers / writers: assistant (34 episodes, 2006-2008)
Lauren Mackenzie .... production assistant / writers production assistant / ... (33 episodes, 2007-2008)
Bryan Murphy .... production assistant (33 episodes, 2007-2008)
Amanda Johns .... assistant to writer / assistant to writers / ... (32 episodes, 2007-2008)
Matt V. Messina .... key assistant location manager (27 episodes, 2005-2006)
Kathy Barrett .... script supervisor (24 episodes, 2004-2008)
Thomas J. Healy IV .... key assistant location manager/scout / location scout (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
Aaron Nadler .... assistant production coordinator / production assistant (22 episodes, 2004-2008)
Matthew Pontell .... production assistant / set production assistant (22 episodes, 2004-2006)
Lynette Gaines .... assistant production coordinator / production assistant (22 episodes, 2006-2008)
Sanford Golden .... executive story editor / story editor (21 episodes, 2006-2008)
Karen Wyscarver .... executive story editor / story editor (21 episodes, 2006-2008)
Stuart Arbury .... production assistant (19 episodes, 2008)
Veronica M. Wilson .... production attorney (17 episodes, 2004-2008)
Becky Chin .... key set production assistant (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
James Hausman .... production assistant (17 episodes, 2008)
William Batsel .... set production assistant / production assistant (16 episodes, 2008)
Neely Swanson .... production associate (13 episodes, 2004-2008)
Susan Stern .... production associate (13 episodes, 2006-2008)
Tracey Robinson .... production associate (12 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jan Jessel .... production associate (12 episodes, 2006-2008)
Sean Flynn .... production associate (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Judd Greener .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2007)
Wayne Damore .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 2006-2008)
Maria Lease .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jessica Ball .... assistant: Scott Kaufer (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Gregg Millman .... assistant to writer / writers assistant / ... (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sonay Washington .... assistant production coordinator (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ernie Bustamante .... assistant: Jeff Rake (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Christopher Fife .... script coordinator (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jeff MacVittie .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Andy Brown .... production assistant: writers / writer's production assistant (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Curt Clendenin .... stand-in: bad guy / stand-in: male (4 episodes, 2005)
Jennifer Menchora .... production associate (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Rich Bokides .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2004-2007)
John M. Greenwood .... production assistant / writer's production assistant (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael Reisz .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 2006)
Lela Checco .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2007)
Robert Parker Clemente .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)

Todd Fullerton .... 24 frame video/computer engineer (unknown episodes)
Mareo-Ahmir Lawson .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Judy Malinoski .... production nurse (unknown episodes)
John Sica .... crafts service gang boss (unknown episodes)
Inna Swann .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
 

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44 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG (season 1) | Singapore:NC-16 (season 2) | Singapore:M18 (season 3) (season 4) (season 5) | Singapore:M18 (season 4)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cast member James Spader was actually born in Boston.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Throughout the series, Alan Shore and Denny Crane sit on the balcony overlooking the city of Boston. However, during the cold winter months, you never see the breath of either character, thus demonstrating that the "balcony" is part of a set, and not an actual location.See more »
Quotes:
Denny Crane:[talking to Alan on the balcony] The only thing to be scared of son is tomorrow. I don't live for tomorrow. Never saw the fun in it.See more »
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94 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
A hilarious and unlikely spin-off, 10 January 2005
Author: tghoneyc from United States

I admit I didn't watch "The Practice" as a regular show, but I saw enough to see that it was a dark, clever series examining the everyday work of a small Boston firm who primarily defended criminals. "Boston Legal" is a much different show. Centered around a civil and corporate firm that only occasionally deals in criminal cases. The place is a circus, it's David E. Kelley's hybrid of "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal," although the latter included hallucinations and bizarre love lifes.

Emmy-winner James Spader, the ever shameless and subtly self-destructive Alan Shore is the slimy playboy who, like it or not, is a fantastic attorney. Denny Crane (fellow Emmy-winner William Shatner) seems like the perfect match for Shore's unpredictable fashion. Both men are unorthodox, and Denny is slipping. He's also a great attorney, but he doesn't know it half the time. The two are the perfect team, each willing to forgive the other for their shortcomings in the area of law, and cover each other as such. Paul Lewiston (Rene Aberjonois) is the figurehead of everything they are not. He is respectable, by-the-book, and without conscience. The embodiment of the sleazy corporate attorney, and more concerned with keeping a client than with admitting a falacy on their part. Brad Chase (Mark Valley) is in the same boat insofar as playing by the rules, but he's Denny's man, and it pisses him off that Alan gets all the attention for his crimes. Laurie Colson (Monica Potter) is the idealistic attorney who has dabbled in Alan Shore's method of practicing law with disastrous consequences. Tara Wilson (Rhona Mitra) is finally sleeping with Alan, and happily playing along in his little game. And Sally Heep (Lake Bell) has all but disappeared since she broke up with Alan, so that she is little more than an errand boy (girl).

And most recently Candice Bergen has joined the cast at Crane, Poole, and Schmidt, as Shirley Schmidt (Edwin Poole has gone off the deep end after showing up at work, having only dressed the top half of his body.) and she appears to be Alan Shore in reverse. She's manipulative, wisecracking, and short with answers, but she seems to appeal to the ethical way of practicing law. Now back from New York and busting balls due to a law suit filed by one of their employees, she seems a welcome edition to the show.

Perfect follow-up to "Desperate Housewives," and just as funny. It's proof that David E. Kelley still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

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