"It sounds cliché, but the best award any show gets is when you hear from the people that had seen it that it moved them, made them laugh or made them cry, or occasioned them to look at life a little differently, or just flat out entertained them."
About This Interview
In his just over two-hour Archive interview, David E. Kelley discusses life as a young litigator and starting to write a screenplay. He tells of his big break when Steven Bochco read that screenplay, and hired him as a writer on L.A. Law. He recalls becoming showrunner for the program in season three, and speaks about co-creating Doogie Howser, M.D. with Bochco - a program that had some difficulty getting to air. Kelley then details the creation of several of his other TV shows, including the quirky Picket Fences, medical drama Chicago Hope, and legal show The Practice and its spinoff, Boston Legal. He also describes how he came up with the "romantic comedy" Ally McBeal, talks about the fantasy element of the show, and explains the importance of music on the program and how the dancing baby came to be. Kelley also discusses Harry's Law, Boston Public, 2011's Wonder Woman, and his half-hour show The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams. He talks about career regrets and highlights, and offers advice to aspiring writers and producers. Amy Harrington conducted the interview on March 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.