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Kelley Stays Put at Fox

(Posted September 24, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( Writer-producer David E. Kelley is keeping his oddball lawyers, and whatever else may spill forth from his mind in the next few years, at the studio he's called home for close to two decades.

The "Boston Legal" creator and multiple Emmy winner has renewed his eponymous production company's deal with 20th Century Fox TV through 2008, the Hollywood trade papers report. He'll continue at the helm of "Legal," which begins its second season on ABC next week, and keep developing new projects for the studio.

"I used to be the youngest producer on the lot. Now I'm the oldest," Kelley says in a statement. "They'll never get rid of me."

The new deal extends a relationship that began in 1986, when Kelley became a writer on "L.A. Law." Terms weren't disclosed, but Kelley reportedly has long enjoyed an arrangement that gives him a significant portion of his shows' back-end profits.

The studio, unsurprisingly, is glad to have David E. Kelley Productions remain on its lot. "While there isn't a sure thing when it comes to developing for network television, a show from David Kelley is as close as it gets," says Gary Newman, co-president of 20th Century Fox TV.

At the moment, "Boston Legal" is the only Kelley show on the air. The WB passed on "Halley's Comet," a drama about a med-school student that Kelley executive produced, this spring, and his foray into unscripted TV, "The Law Firm," was shunted off to Bravo after flopping on NBC this summer.

He's currently developing a drama about a network morning show, most likely for NBC.

Source: Zap2it

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