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Portia de Rossi Says Steven Seagal Unzipped His Pants During Her Audition With Him

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Portia de Rossi Says Steven Seagal Unzipped His Pants During Her Audition With Him
Portia de Rossi wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that Steven Seagal previously “unzipped” his pants during an audition with her. “My final audition for a Steven Seagal movie took place in his office,” she wrote. “He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants.” The “Ally McBeal” alum, who is married to Ellen DeGeneres, said this led her to run out of the office and call her agent. Also Read: 'House of Cards': What Happens to Next Season With Kevin Spacey Out? “Unfazed, she replied, ‘Well,
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David E. Kelley Reveals Why James Spader Almost Didn't Star in 'Boston Legal'

James Spader won three Emmys for his role as Alan Shore on David E. Kelley's law drama Boston Legal, but the longtime writer-producer behind Ally McBeal and The Practice said he received pushback from the powers that be when he first tried to cast Spader in the role.

"I was told that no one would ever welcome James Spader into their living room," Kelley recalled Thursday at a TV Game Changers panel presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. "People will watch him in the movies, but they will never let him in their own home."

Boston Legal marked Spader's...
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At&T Audience Network Renews Mr. Mercedes for a Second Season

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After bringing Stephen King's creepy crime novel Mr. Mercedes to life on screen, the At&T Audience Network will continue to adapt the Bill Hodges trilogy (which also includes the books Finders Keepers and End of Watch) with a 10-episode second season that will begin filming in Charleston, South Carolina (the same town where the new Halloween movie will be filmed) this February:

Press Release: El Segundo, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017 – Leading up to the highly anticipated season finale tomorrow, Oct. 11 at 8pm Et/Pt, Audience Network is pleased to announce that it has picked up this year’s break out show, “Mr. Mercedes,” for a second season. Production for the 10 one-hour episodes is scheduled to begin in February of 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina with the premiere launching later in the year. The series is produced by Sonar Entertainment.

Returning for the second season will be television veterans David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies,
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Kyra Sedgwick Remembers Her Shakiest Day on Set of The Closer

Kyra Sedgwick Remembers Her Shakiest Day on Set of The Closer
Playing the lead character in an hour-long drama isn’t for the lazy or those who tire easily, but even the most stalwart actor or actress has a breaking point. Kyra Sedgwick remembers exactly when hers came — courtesy of mother nature — during the seven-season run of TNT’s The Closer.

RelatedKyra Sedgwick Relates the ‘Profound Truth’ in ABC’s ‘Edgy’ New Kidnapping Whodunit Ten Days in the Valley

“I have kind of a funny story,” says the actress, now starring in ABC’s kidnapping thriller Ten Days in the Valley. “I always joke that I literally didn’t have time to pee,
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Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart: Inside Their Unshakable Marriage

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart: Inside Their Unshakable Marriage
Harrison Ford is nothing like Han Solo, the space loner he plays in Star Wars, as evidenced by his busy love life. The 75-year-old actor has had three marriages, one known affair with a famous costar, and a family spanning five kids and four grandchildren.

His performance alongside Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 has shone a spotlight on his strong marriage of eight years to Calista Flockhart, who was by his side during a near-fatal experience shortly before filming.

Here’s a closer look at their romance.

When Harry Met Ally

Flockhart, 52, best known for playing the title character
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When good TV goes bad: how Ally McBeal lost its lust for life

We loved Ally McBeal because it wasn’t afraid to celebrate human flaws, but the death of Calista Flockhart’s one true love knocked the wind out of the show

Calista Flockhart bounced on to our screens in 1997, wearing oversized pyjamas, mouth permanently pouted in a kiss or ooh-ing along to her favourite tune, as David E Kelley’s pint-sized lawyer Ally McBeal. She opened doors with her bottom while carrying too many packages, was frequently caught out talking and/or dancing to herself when she thought no one was looking, and her reaction to finding someone attractive was usually to fall over.

She sounds annoying, but to millions of women in their 20s, she was the diminutive embodiment of our inner angst: about how to be a grown up when we felt like children; how to function single when every indication from the universe told us to couple up.
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You Might Not Know David E. Kelley's Name, but You've Definitely Watched His TV Shows

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Big Little Lies won, well, big at the Emmy Awards this year, and one of the brains behind the project is legendary TV writer and producer David E. Kelley. Along with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, Kelley took home an award for outstanding limited series and was joined at the event by his wife of 24 years, Michelle Pfeiffer.The HBO miniseries may be Kelley's most recent project, but it certainly isn't his first . . . or even his 10th. He's been in the business for over 30 years and has created some of the most iconic TV shows of the '80s and '90s - including medical dramas like Doogie Howser, MD and Chicago Hope and the law series Ally McBeal and The Practice. Keep reading: some of these may surprise you!
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How Ally McBeal Changed Television Forever

Ally McBeal started up on September 8 of 1997 but continued running until May 20 of 2002. As a result, it had a total of five seasons, which was interesting because its creator David E. Kelley had predicted that it would run for a total of five seasons before running out of steam when it was still at the height of its popularity. Regardless, Ally McBeal was a legal drama, which is perhaps unsurprising when Kelley has something of a reputation for them. However, it incorporated more than its fair share of both comedic and dramatic elements, with the result

How Ally McBeal Changed Television Forever
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Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Admits Greg Germann for Guest-Star Role

Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Admits Greg Germann for Guest-Star Role
The halls of Grey Sloan Memorial are going to welcome a face familiar to TV fans when Grey's Anatomy returns for season 14. E! News can exclusively reveal that Ally McBeal alum Greg Germann will guest star in an upcoming episode of the ABC hit's new season. While details about his character are being kept under wraps—this is Shondaland, after all!—we do know that his name is Tom Koracick and his appearance will be in an episode entitled "Go Big or Go Home." As for who among the hospital's staff he'll tangle with, that remains to be seen. ABC has released some details about the first two episodes of the new season, airing together as a part of the show's two-hour September...
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Ally McBeal Turns 20: Top Five Moments of All-Time

I can still remember the first time the idea of a unisex bathroom was introduced during the show. It might not seem so crazy now, but 20 years ago, it was practically taboo. And that’s exactly what Ally McBeal brought to network TV: a lot of fierceness, a lot of smarts, and a lot of plenty else. Ally McBeal gave us some of the most memorable characters on television (e.g. the formidable Ling Woo), and arguably, it also featured the best cast to ever get together for a show. We had Calista Flockhart, Lucy Liu, Portia de Rossi, Greg Germann,

Ally McBeal Turns 20: Top Five Moments of All-Time
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‘Ally McBeal’ at 20: David E. Kelley on Feminism, Overnight Success and Calista Flockhart’s ‘Magical’ Performance

‘Ally McBeal’ at 20: David E. Kelley on Feminism, Overnight Success and Calista Flockhart’s ‘Magical’ Performance
A flawed protagonist. A tone that turns easily from drama to comedy to smash-cut fantasy. A young and fetching professional woman who is more than willing to revel in her weaknesses.

Those sound like all the elements for a pitch that could make the rounds of premium cable and streaming services today. But in fact they were the were the essential ingredients in a Fox series that premiered 20 years ago: “Ally McBeal.”

The series birthed by David E. Kelley at the height of his network TV power defied easy categorization even as it quickly resonated with its post-yuppie, pre-millennial target audience.

To its creator’s surpise, “Ally McBeal” sparked a national conversation about the state and status of women in women’s movement. Remember the 1998 Time magazine cover that featured an insouciant Calista Flockhart juxtaposed against images of Susan B. Anthony, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem and asked “Is Feminism Dead?” Kelley
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Ally McBeal First Courted Controversy 20 Years Ago: Short Skirts, Skinny-Shaming and Nonstop Judgment

Ally McBeal First Courted Controversy 20 Years Ago: Short Skirts, Skinny-Shaming and Nonstop Judgment
When Ally McBeal premiered 20 years ago today, it was hailed as a quirky legal dramedy with a fun and feminist bent. Calista Flockhart starred as Ally, a recent Harvard Law graduate forced into quitting her job after she was groped at work by a male superior. She sued the company for sexual harassment and signed on with Cage & Fish, another firm in Boston with some all too familiar faces (married ex alert!) and its own set of workplace issues. Right away, the David E. Kelley-created Ally McBeal was a hit with critics and audiences alike. The New York Times called it "refreshing and offbeat." Flockhart won a Golden Globe in 1998 for the series' first season, and the show won the Emmy for Best Comedy...
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Ally McBeal Turns 20: The 17 Most '90s Moments From the Series Premiere

Ally McBeal Turns 20: The 17 Most '90s Moments From the Series Premiere
Twenty years ago, we didn’t know many dancing babies, and we didn’t think much about women’s wattles… and then Ally McBeal premiered and changed everything.

Ally was a soaring comet of a TV show, burning bright for a few years (winning an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and landing on the cover of Time magazine) before flaming out after just five seasons. But it still left us with a legacy of Barry White dance numbers, Fish-isms and a quirky blend of comedy and drama that paved the way for countless genre hybrids to follow.

The series premiere — airing on Sept.
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Marvel's Defenders: who should be the next four?

James Hunt Sep 6, 2017

If Netflix continues to mine the Marvel seam, which characters might come in for the Defenders treatment next?

The Marvel-Netflix deal might have met its initial goal with the broadcast of crossover series The Defenders, but there’s no stopping that particular gravy train - future seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are already on their way.

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Marvel has already shows its willingness to add new characters to their roster of heroes with a Punisher series due to drop this year, and deals like New Warriors and Cloak & Dagger show that they’re not afraid of pushing D-listers into the spotlight to see what takes. So with the obvious choices already taken care of, we couldn’t help wondering: which characters should make up a second wave of Defenders shows?

Here
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'Ally McBeal' at 20: Calista Flockhart, David E. Kelley and More on Dancing Babies, Feminism and Robert Downey Jr.

If TV shows had godparents, Ally McBeal's would have been Melrose Place and The Practice. Without those two series, chances are Fox's groundbreaking dramedy about a lawyer and her crazed life might never have happened.

During the 1997 pilot season, Fox was searching for a companion series to follow its fading favorite Melrose Place. Writer-producer David E. Kelley obliged, creating the quirky Ally for a fall launch. However, he balked when the then-head of the network, Peter Roth, suggested they hold off premiering it until spring 1998 so as to avoid the usual glut of fall debuts. Still...
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh Groban to Guest-Star (And Sing!) in Season 3

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh Groban to Guest-Star (And Sing!) in Season 3
After falling so low last season, has Rebecca Bunch found a new man to (ahem) raise her up?

The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will welcome chart-topping singer Josh Groban as a guest star in Season 3, TVLine has confirmed. Groban will play “a mysterious and helpful stranger” — and yes, he will sing.

Series star Rachel Bloom first broke the news with an Instagram post on Monday — but as she says, “it’s a secret so don’t tell anyone.”

Groban confirmed the news with a tweet of his own on Monday evening, thanking Bloom for welcoming him to her “brilliant show.
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Hollywood Flashback: 'Ally McBeal' Made Meme History With a Dancing Baby in 1998

Big Little Lies), but he's responsible for only one internationally recognized meme: the Dancing Baby.

On Fox's Ally McBeal, this semi-transparent visual effect — aka Baby Cha-Cha — occasionally would appear as a hallucinatory metaphor for the ticking biological clock of the 30ish McBeal (Calista Flockhart, who was 32 when the show first aired). The infant's first appearance was on the show's 12th episode, "Cro-Magnon," in January 1998 when it danced to Blue Swede's cover of...
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David E. Kelley and Dan Fogelman on Actor Collaborations, Twisty Plots, and Network Notes

David E. Kelley and Dan Fogelman on Actor Collaborations, Twisty Plots, and Network Notes
It was a bit of a mutual admiration fest when Variety invited showrunners David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”) and Dan Fogelman (“This Is Us”) for a conversation about their creative process. After gushing over each other’s shows, the two producers bonded over dealing with network notes, juggling plot twists and ensemble casts, and why they avoid going to set. And it all ended with them making a date to grab a beer. (We’ll be crashing that party!)

David E. Kelley: Congratulations on your show. It’s awesome.

Dan Fogelman: You as well. Congratulations on all your shows ever.

Kelley: You’re single-handedly returning people’s attention to broadcast. Proof of concept that great stuff and emotional material can be done in that landscape. Good for you.

Fogelman: Oh, God. Oh, that’s very nice. Thank you. You’ve been doing that for a very long time. I
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How ‘Big Little Lies’ Broke the Rules to Lead Its Emmy Rivals

How ‘Big Little Lies’ Broke the Rules to Lead Its Emmy Rivals
Many elements elevated HBO’s “Big Little Lies” into the top Emmy contender for Best Limited Series. Yes, the saga about an unlikely trio of women who defeat a dangerous predator is hugely popular, and topical — but the main reason it’s a hit with critics, TV fans, and Emmy voters (16 Emmy nominations) is the seven-episode drama broke through the clutter by breaking the rules.

Here’s how the series broke from conventional TV:

Actress-producers: Nicole Kidman (Blossom Films) and Reese Witherspoon (Pacific Standard) — who are rivals for the mini-series Best Actress Emmy and both executive produced the series — partnered to nail down the rights to the 2014 novel, with Kidman personally approaching writer Liane Moriarty to meet at a coffee shop when she was visiting family in Sydney, Australia. “Let us option it with the promise that we’ll get it made,” she told her.

Witherspoon’s then-partner Bruna Papandrea,
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