Upfront: Boston Legal to Exit with Two-Hour Finale
Two-Hour Finale to End Series' Run on ABC
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/13/2008 12:04:00 PM
Look for Boston Legal to exit the ABC schedule in December with a two-hour finale, according to a source familiar with the series' pickup by ABC. The network has not yet announced the date for the series finale.
The drama, which will be going into its fifth season, is moving to Mondays at 10 p.m. for what will be its final season on the air. That December date will have to be in pencil, though, since if there is a strike by actors, delivery dates would almost certainly change.
Boston Legal had been on the bubble, with ABC moving it out of its Tuesday 10 p.m. slot to Wednesday nights to make room for Women's Murder Club.
Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley made sure the network would promote that move by working it into the opening of a recent episode in which the characters talked at length about moving from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Kelley will also have a new drama on ABC, Life on Mars, which is actually about a time-traveling cop who winds up in the 1970s. But while he will be executive producer on that show, he will reportedly leave day-to-day oversight to others as he shepherds the last season of a show insiders said is particularly special to him.
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Boston Legal was the best show on TV.
Shall miss it terribly.
Great cast, excellent material and delivery.
As said the week before, there are no programs for adults. This so true as most are boring and an insult to ones intelligence.
So my TV shall sleep as I only have "House" left to see.
Edna Thole - 12/9/2008 11:56:00 PM EST
Too few programs worth watching TV anymore - Boston Legal being an "exception." I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this series. I am very saddened to see it come to an end. Great acting, great humor. I thoroughly
enjoyed every episode! Why not air it on another station!!
Jane Powelski - 5/13/2008 10:59:00 PM EDT
Very sad to hear BL will be no longer. This show is, in my opinion, one of the best, if not "the" best, shows on television. It is intelligent, has humor, addresses political issues and educates the public in the process. It will be missed. Keep up the good work, David.
Sara Sweeney - 5/13/2008 10:25:00 PM EDT
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