I've written about the first episode of Boston Legal--what a great show it was. It has, however, been showing signs of creeping Allyitis, initially with the release of James Spader's Flockhart lookalike ex-girlfriend lawyer from a mental institution, who became his stalker. Last night, William Shatner walked around the first half hour with a Botox needle stuck in his forehead. Then there was the storyline about his long lost son, who turned out to be not his son, who also referred to himself in the third person. "Donny Crane" "Denny Crane" "Donny Crane" "Denny Crane" That's from the court transcript.
And the inevitable has happened. Kelley has ruined the series, taken from us the memorable combination of Spader and Shatner, taken from us seeing Spader weekly, and destroyed a wonderful character fashioned by Shatner.
Here are last Sunday's ratings:
Overnights: 8.5/12 (#3), Viewers: 11.60 million (#3), A18-49: 4.6/11 (#3t)
-Percent Change Out of Desperate Housewives
Overnights: -45%, Viewers: -44%, Adults 18-49: -51%
Desperate Housewives is a breakaway hit. It's an ideal platform to launch a 10pm series. And that's what ABC will be doing soon. The common fan belief that a full season has been ordered is not as of this moment true. A full season is under consideration, and may well be given a green light.
The question is...why?
He does get to go home to Michele Pfeiffer. Maybe he should stay there more, raise the kids, have show ideas, and give them to somebody else to realize. He should consult on casting. And then collect royalties. Be comforted that part of the word royalty is royal. There's a good chance we've seen the last David E. Kelley TV series.