Question: What has happened to Boston Legal? I have been watching it from the beginning and all of a sudden the show is spouting left-wing, anti-Bush rhetoric. On March 14 they went over the top. I've been a fan of David E. Kelley's shows for years, but if this keeps, up I won't be able to watch anymore. I really resent their using the show to push their political agenda. If I want a one-sided political dialogue, I'll watch my local network news. I'm totally disgusted and I hope the ratings reflect this.
Answer: Actually, Boston Legal's ratings are pretty robust, maybe because the show pushes people's buttons. I haven't watched the show lately, but this gripe hardly surprises me. Kelley has used his TV courtrooms for years to rant against controversial political and social policies (not just Bush's), and I'm surprised you haven't picked up on it earlier. (I know I've addressed questions about it before.) While I find his agitprop as heavy-handed as his sophomoric sex comedy and outlandish plot twists these days, Kelley at least has the guts to address and confront the big issues. And while you may disagree (sounds to me like you do), it's not like he hasn't been given plenty of ammunition lately.

Also regarding Boston Legal, Marcus writes: "Why does Boston Legal have such trouble sticking with its secondary characters? Ryan Michelle Bathe and Justin Mentell were added this year, were never given any real story lines, and now they're already gone by mid-season. The same thing happened last year with Lake Bell's character. Should the writing staff take a note from Lost and Grey's Anatomy about the importance of secondary characters? The show can't survive forever just on Alan Shore, Shirley Schmidt and Denny Crane."

Hear, hear on that last point. The best thing Boston Legal did all season, what I've watched of it, is to add Julie Bowen. As for these other supporting players: Do you actually think getting rid of them, or Lake Bell for that matter, is a loss? I wasn't impressed with any of these characters, and this season's additions looked especially obvious as a strained effort to add some youth appeal. I actually respect Boston Legal (a phrase I rarely type these days) for acknowledging its mistakes and fixing them as they go.