Ally McBeal could soon return to television. On Friday, it was announced that a series of potential sequels are currently in development at ABC. Written and executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy and Revenge alum Karin Gist, the new series would hypothetically follow a young black woman, who would be the daughter of Renée Raddick (Lisa Nicole Carson), who joins the law firm of the original series straight out of law school. Reports indicate that original series star Calista Flockhart has been approached to reprise her role, as well as produce the series, but likely won’t commit to the series until a script is written. A potential pursuit of Ally McBeal been buzzing for several yearswith reports in March 2021 indicating that Flockhart would be set to return.
David E. Kelley, who created the original series, reportedly gave his blessing to the potential sequel, but won’t be evolved in an official capacity. The series will be produced through 20th Television, part of Disney Television Studios.
“I don’t really have any interest in going back, myself”, Kelley previously said about the prospects of a reboot. “I actually didn’t even see the shows after I did them. I think because of the gender politics that was so integral to Ally McBeal, it has become very relevant and mature. I would therefore be open to the idea of Ally McBeal I have to do it again, but I don’t think it’s me who should do it. If it had to be done, it really should be done by a woman. If it should be new, it should be new and different. And I did it: 100 hours.”
“I’m at a point in my advanced years where I had to tell all the stories that were in my well. I did a lot of half pilots or three-quarter pilots because, for me, discovering the series is in the writing,” Kelley continued. “I’m going to start writing and try to find out if the characters are fertile for me. And then I do another test when I’m halfway or three-quarters through, that is, have I done a version of that? And if I have, I’m going to file it.”
This news comes just a day after the premiere of the series of She-Hulk: Lawyera live-action series from Marvel Studios (also produced by Disney) that has already drawn many comparisons to Ally McBeal.
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