Denny Crane, Denny Crane

Media Life Magazine notes that when Boston Legal wraps of the series’ final moments, this will be the first time in 20 years that writer David E. Kelly won’t have a show on television.

Going back to such shows as “L. A. Law” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” I have enjoyed David Kelley’s writing for years. That’s what lured me in week after week to watch “Boston Legal” in spite of the fact that the show featured wholly unrealistic courtroom scenes and used the slightest of pretenses for cramming a kitchen sink full of liberal pointificating into every program. Lack of relevance to the plot was never a barrier.

The dialogue was superb, the characters creatively drawn, and the plots were humorous and off the wall. (I know one judge who watches the show just to see what kind of outlandish legal messes they’ll dream up next.) A talented cast made the thing work. I think we’ll be seeing David Kelley again.

NOTE: Shelagh Watkins will be with us this Thursday to talk about her wonderful anthology (yes, I’m biased since I have a poem in it) Forever Friends.