LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - When "Boston Legal"
wraps production December 14, ABC's acclaimed comedy-drama will
be one of the last scripted shows to do so, with the Hollywood
writers strike shuttering series as they run out of fresh
Only NBC's well-oiled "Law & Order" machine and ABC's
veteran comedy "According to Jim," which received a late
midseason order, are slated to do additional filming after
returning from a two-week holiday break in early January.
The cast and crew "Boston" had been able to keep their jobs
for so long because of a strong effort by series
creator/executive producer David E. Kelley, who completed the
scripts for three episodes days before the strike began on
November 5. He was unable to finished a fourth one on time. So
for now, until there is a strike settlement, production on
"Boston" will end with Episode 14, now in production.
Kelley wrote that episode with Corinne Brinkerhoff and
Susan Dickes. He wrote Episode 13 with Lawrence Broch, and
Episode 12 with Dickes.
Kelley, one of the most prolific TV writers working today,
is known for penning scripts for his shows quickly.
His feat on "Boston" also is a throwback to the 1950s and
'60s, when TV scribes were cranking scripts fast to fulfill the
series' 39-episode orders.