Boston Legal, Creator Bow Out, But Not Quietly

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2008 12:28 PM CST
Producer David E. Kelley, actor John Larroquette and actor William Shatner attend the 'Boston Legal' series wrap party held at Cicada Restaurant on November 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Tonight's final episode of Boston Legal marks a temporary end to creator David E. Kelley’s reign as “l'enfant terrible turned angry-older-guy of TV,” writes Lisa DeMoraes in the Washington Post. Kelley “has used his various prime-time series to prosecute cases against society's assorted ills—and sometimes, against the TV industry itself.”

Kelley's series “start out kinda quirky and get quirkier from there,” DeMoraes writes. But this time, Kelley, 52, created a show populated with older actors, meaning that while the legal drama was confronting “virtually every hot-button issue,” TV reporters were “way too busy covering a possible Gossip Girl spinoff” to notice.