Friday, July 8, 2005

David E. Kelley Decides If You Can’t Beat ’Em, Judge ’Em

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – TV producer David E. Kelley has criticized reality TV in the past but now he has a new philosophy: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”

The man behind legal dramas like Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and The Practice is now producing a reality show of his own, The Law Firm, which concerns 12 real-life litigators who argue cases in hopes of winning a $250,000 prize.

For the record, Kelley says he doesn’t hate all reality TV but dislikes shows that “disrespect the medium and degrade the contestants.”

He says that won’t be the case with The Law Firm, since the show’s lawyers try real cases with real clients in front of real judges and juries.

As a result, Kelley hopes the show gets rid of the negative stereotypes of attorneys that he helped create in his own legal dramas.

The Law Firm debuts July 28 on NBC and if the show gets renewed for a second season, Kelley hopes to hire retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

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