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David E. Kelley

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David E. Kelley

American television writer and producer, known as the creator of Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal, and Harry's Law as well as several films add

Category: Literature

Born in 1956.

Countries: United States (81%), Massachusetts (8%), Canada (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Ally McBeal, The Practice, Steven Bochco

Linked to: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Belmont Hill School, Boston University




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David E. Kelley was born in 1956 add something


In 1983, while considering it only a hobby, Kelley began writing a screenplay, a legal thriller, which was optioned in 1986 and later became the Judd Nelson feature film "From the Hip" in 1987 add something


In 1986, Steven Bochco was searching for writers with a law background for his new NBC legal series, "L.A. Law" add something


Finally, in 1989, Bochco stepped away from the series making Kelley the executive producer add something


With the widespread media coverage of child sexual abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church during the mid-to-late 1990s, Kelley began to introduce this controversy into his scripts add something


Albert Hall (actor) - In the late 1990s, Hall became known by television audiences for his recurring role as Judge Seymore Walsh in the series "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal", both of which were created by David E. Kelley


Kelley left after the fifth season in 1991 and ratings began to fall add something


In 1992, after co-creating "Doogie Howser, M.D." with his mentor Steven Bochco, Kelley formed his own production company, "'David E Kelley Productions"', making a three-series deal with CBS add something


Kathy Baker - Picket Fences - From 1992 to 1996, Baker starred as Jill Brock, a small-town doctor, in the CBS critically acclaimed drama series, "Picket Fences" created by David E. Kelley


Kelley married actress Michelle Pfeiffer in November 1993 add something


Under pressure from CBS to develop a second series even though he didn't feel ready to produce two shows simultaneously, Kelley launched the medical drama "Chicago Hope", starring Mandy Patinkin and Adam Arkin, which premiered in 1994 add something


Peter MacNicol - In 1994 MacNicol had a prominent role as Alan Birch for the first season and less than half of the second season of "Chicago Hope" before departing to take on a role on the TV series "Ally McBeal" which was created by David E. Kelley the same person who created Chicago Hope


Expressing a desire to focus more on his production company and upcoming projects, Kelley ceased day-to-day involvement with both series in 1995, allowing others to write and produce add something


In 1995, Kelley entered into a five-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television to produce shows for both the ABC and FOX television networks, each agreeing to take two series add something


In 1995, the fourth and final season, Kelley wrote only two episodes add something


Premiering as a midseason replacement for the 1996-1997 season, "The Practice" was Kelley's chance to write another courtroom drama but one focusing on the less glamorous realities of a small law firm add something


When "Ally McBeal" premiered in 1997 on FOX, Kelley was shepherding his other two shows, "Chicago Hope" and "The Practice," although he was not actively participating in "Chicago Hope" at the time add something


Calista Flockhart - In 1997 Flockhart was requested to audition for the starring role in David E. Kelley's Fox television series, "Ally McBeal"


Lara Flynn Boyle - In 1997, Boyle auditioned for the title role in David E. Kelley's "Ally McBeal"


Towards the end of the fifth season in 1999, facing cancellation, Kelley fired most of the cast members added since he had left the show, brought back Mandy Patinkin and began writing episodes again add something


Oliver Platt - In 1999, Platt played the wealthy and eccentric crocodile enthusiast Hector in David E. Kelley's "Lake Placid", alongside Bill Pullman and Bridget Fonda


Rob Thomas (writer) - This led to Thomas being asked to run ABC's 1999 series "Snoops", although he left due to creative differences with David E. Kelley before the show aired


Full-time writers on the first season of "The Practice" included David Shore, later the creator of "House", Stephen Gaghan, a future Oscar winner for "Traffic", Michael R. Perry, the creator of the 2011-12 series "The River", and Ed Redlich, co-creator of the 2011-12 series "Unforgettable" add something


He previously received an award from this organization in 2000 for his work on the show "The Practice" add something


In 2000, 20th Century Fox Television extended its arrangement with Kelley add something


Premiering on FOX in 2000, "Boston Public", which follows the lives of teachers and administrators at a Boston high school, joined "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal" for the season, meaning Kelley was responsible for writing or overseeing 67 episodes add something


Kathy Baker - Ally McBeal - She later appeared in David E. Kelley's dramas "Ally McBeal", "The Practice" and had the recurring role as Meredith Peters in "Boston Public", for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy *award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2001


Kaj-Erik Eriksen - In 2001 after returning to Los Angeles, Kaj landed the role of Jeremy Peters on David E. Kelley's "Boston Public"


Julianne Nicholson - In late 2001, Nicholson became one of the main cast members of the hit show produced by David E. Kelley, "Ally McBeal", portraying the character "Jenny Shaw" for 13 episodes


In 2003, due to sagging ratings, ABC cut Kelley's budget in half for the eighth and final season add something


"Boston Legal" on ABC, premiering in 2004, gave continuity and success to the Kelley franchise add something


The show won the Peabody award in 2005 for its signature political commentaries add something


In 2007, Kelley received the Justice in the Arts award from Death Penalty Focus, an organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty add something


In 2007, "Boston Legal" began to see a rise of viewership as a result of its following ABC's popular "Dancing with the Stars" series, mostly ranking either first or second most-watched program of the evening in its ten o'clock time period, beating out CBS and NBC's shows add something


The fifth and final season began in 2008 with Kelley writing most of the episodes add something


In 2011, Kelley wrote a script for the pilot episode of a new "Wonder Woman" TV series for Warner Bros add something


Kelley was the creator and executive producer of "Harry's Law", which premiered on NBC on January 17, 2011 add something


Aml Ameen - Ameen starred in David E. Kelley's legal drama "Harry's Law" in the first season, which began to air on NBC during the 2011 television season


Adrianne Palicki - In 2011, Palicki portrayed Wonder Woman in a 2011 pilot produced by David E. Kelley for NBC. The pilot was not picked up by NBC as a series


Kathy Bates - She starred in David E. Kelley's legal drama "Harry's Law", which began airing on NBC on January 17, 2011, but was cancelled on May 14, 2012


A new medical series, "Monday Mornings", co-created with Sanjay Gupta, will premiere in summer 2013 on TNT, the cable television channel owned by Time Warner add something


A new medical series, "Monday Mornings", co-created with Sanjay Gupta, premiered February 2013 on TNT, the cable television channel owned by Time Warner add something


On May 2013, the show was canceled by TNT. add something


A new comedy series created by Kelley, The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, premiered on CBS on September 26, 2013 add something


Robin Williams - In February 2013, the CBS network announced it has picked up a pilot episode for a David E. Kelley comedy called "The Crazy Ones" that will star Williams


In 2014, David E. Kelley was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame add something


In 2015, Kelley created the Amazon Studios series "Goliath" add something


In 2017, Kelley is spearheading a new HBO series, "Big Little Lies" add something