Site ColumnsBy Michelle
April 27, 2007 - 9:19 PM
I'm sure I've sung the praises of Boston Legal in this column before, but just in case I haven't, I want to sing the praises of Boston Legal. Not because it's a William Shatner show, either, although Denny Crane is easily my favorite Shatner role besides Captain Kirk. They did an episode a couple of weeks ago using footage from an old serial TV episode, "The Defender", to represent young Denny Crane, with Shatner even younger than he was on The Twilight Zone, and it was enormous fun to see that, and a rather moving storyline where a man who believes Denny got his mother's killer acquitted holds the entire firm hostage to demand a retrial.
But Denny Crane isn't by any stretch of the imagination the only thing I love about the show. I love the way the cases are relevant without the faux ripped-from-the-headlines sensibility of other legal shows. I adore Alan Shore's humanist bent and his shamelessly liberal politics. I've always loved Candice Bergen, so I'm biased, but Shirley is funny, sexy, smart and also goofy enough in her personal relationships to make her easy to identify with. I secretly enjoy Clarice more than Clarence and it's obvious the show's writers do too, since they keep finding excuses for Clarence to be Clarice. I have loved Brad and Denise's wacky relationship - I really hope they get married - and poor Rene Auberjonois as Paul, the straight man in an office full of loons, is delightful. I jumped for joy when I heard the show had been picked up for another season and I hope it gets more after that.
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These were some of the major news items from April 2005:
- Billingsley Not a Fan of 'These Are the Voyages..."
"Many things about this episode seem somewhat flaccid and dramatically arbitrary, and I think it may have hurt some feelings," wrote John Billingsley (Phlox) in a diary of his thoughts about the final days of shooting Star Trek: Enterprise, speaking of the series finale, "These Are the Voyages..."
- 'Threshold' Producer and Star Keep Busy
Star Trek executive producer Brannon Braga spoke about his first major project to follow Enterprise, the CBS pilot Threshold, which will star Brent Spiner (Data) and which he described as a think tank faced with an alien invasion.
- Berman: 'Enterprise' Film Wasn't In The Cards
Rick Berman denied claims by Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) that Enterprise was originally intended to be the next Trek movie franchise: "I think that perhaps when Scott first took the job...four and a half years ago there was probably a sense that the show was going to run seven years, as the others had, and that it very well might become the next movie franchise, and it right now seems to not be the case."
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Sunday, April 29th is the birthday of Kate Mulgrew, aka Captain Janeway. She was nominated last week for a Drama League Award for her performance in Our Leading Lady in New York.