's decision to incorporate Kelli Williams
and Camryn Manheim
's real-life pregnancies into the show is threatening to turn ABC's hit legal drama into the thinking person's Romper Room
. Well, had executive producer David E. Kelley
listened to the complaints of co-star Steve Harris
, he might not be facing such labor pains.
"I couldn't understand why they decided to give my character [Eugene] a son," Harris tells TV Guide Online. "I was wondering why not Bobby (Dylan McDermott) or Jimmy (Michael Badalucco), especially since I play a guy who's not married. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't some kind of deadbeat dad, and I didn't want to continue adding to that particular black stereotype. I wasn't all that thrilled. So, I voiced my opinion. But I guess I was overruled."
Harris who reports that several behind-the-scenes Practice staffers are expecting as well admits that he's not sure how the impending deliveries will alter the dynamic of the Emmy-winning series. "To be perfectly honest, I have no idea how their characters will change once they become mothers," he says. "But [ABC has] made a point of announcing that the births will be a part of the storyline, so it ought to be interesting to see what goes on afterwards. Who knows? Maybe the kids will become an integral part of the series."
Ultimately, Harris is leaving that decision in the hands of Kelley, who he admits "doesn't need my help on the writing." But, just in case Mr. Michelle Pfeiffer is listening, the Emmy nominee would like to make one small request. "I'm always hoping that he'll see an opening for a romance for Eugene," he says. "I don't want this to become The Practice: The Love Story, but I think Rebecca (Lisa Gay Hamilton) and Eugene could be a couple. We're basically thirtysomething on the show, and if you're thirtysomething and you're single it's the right time for a relationship."