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    Boston Legal Does It Again

    It's actually David E. Kelly who writes and produces this amazing TV show which premiered Tuesday September 24 at 9:30 p.m. It went for an hour and a half and I actually had Herman tape it so I could watch it Wednesday afternoon.

    This show is rich with characterizations and incredible plot lines. In this particular premier, one of the newest cast members as of last season, Christian Clemenson, who has odd behaviors such as Turette's Syndrome and hopping uncontrollably when nervous, has offered to share his office with a new colleague with whom he is very taken.

    Subsequently all his behaviors come to a head and he is forced by his own honest nature to tell the female colleague he really likes her and how nice she is.

    Shirley Schmidt, played by Candace Bergen, is one of the senior partners and this year John Laroquette is brought in, supposedly from Boston, as a new senior partner. As a sub-plot we find out he is having an affair with Schmidt.

    James Spader returns as Alan Shore, having just won a best actor Emmy for the show.

    What I most like about the show is the multitude of story lines immersed with intricate interpersonal relationships among the cast members.

    It always comes back to who is doing what to whom and why. In the meantime the various law partners win impossible court cases using ridiculous tactics.

    I first watched the taped show on a Wednesday morning as I was resting my butt. Sadly I fell asleep watching it. Terry was here with me and after I woke up was quick to take me outside. When she asked me how it was, I said I wasn't sure because I fell asleep.

    So I watched it later that afternoon around 4 p.m. while Herman was here with me and I'm delighted to tell you I stayed up for most of it, commercials and all.

    What I find most intriguing about this show is the interwoven characterizations with non-stop surprises at every turn along the way. The regular viewing time will be 10 p.m. Tuesday nights on ABC. Definitely try to see it if you haven't aleady done so.

    I'm leaving out one of the main characters; Denny Crane, a senior partner in the firm and played brilliantly by William Shatner. He is also full of his own quirks which is both humorous and sensitive. He kind of comes on as an old letch, but he is somehow able to be lovable through it all.

    My favorite scenes come at the end of the show when he and James Spader sit on a balcony talking over the week's cases and how they might have handled them differently.

    It's kind of a comparison between their professional and personal lives. Throughout the show you get a strong sense of what Kelly's beliefs are, which re of a definitely left-wing, Democratic bent. Yet much of what is portrayed is tongue in cheek and Kelly isn't afraid to make fun of his own beliefs.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com