PRACTICE, THE: THE FINAL SEASON

PRACTICE, THE: THE FINAL SEASON 3

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FROM THE BACK OF THE BOX:

David E. Kelley’s Emmy Award-winning legal drama returns for an eighth and final season that paves the way for its critically acclaimed spin-off, Boston Legal.

Major upheavals have left Ellenor (Camryn Manheim), Eugene (Steve Harris) and Jimmy (Michael Badalucco) in charge of the firm. In an attempt to rebuild their ranks, Ellenor hires an old friend: the enigmatic and ethically-challenged Alan Shore (James Spader). Shore’s brilliant-yet-highly-unorthodox methods succeed in winning big cases: but will they also threaten the future of the firm?

A must-own for fans of Boston Legal, The Practice: Season 8 features not only the debut of Alan Shore, but early appearances from Tara Wilson (Rhona Mitra), Catherine Piper (Betty White), Sally Heep (Lake Bell)…and the legendary attorney Denny Crane (William Shatner).

As a series, The Practice earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series, twenty-eight Primetime Emmy nominations and the Peabody Award, setting the bar high for Boston Legal, in which Spader and Shatner’s continued portrayals of Alan Shore and Denny Crane would lead to two more Emmy wins for Spader (2005, 2007) and an Emmy and Golden Globe (2005) win for Shatner.

FROM THE BACK OF MY BRAIN:

“The Practice” was a show that was serious, but never quite serious. I appreciate David E. Kelley’s work, but this was the start of the decline. Everything that would later come to permeate CBS’s non-comedy lineup started with this ABC show. However, you had James Spader acting at the top of his snide game. But, this also began William Shatner working as Denny Crane. Also known as Shatner mugging for the camera for a new generation.

I never quite got the appreciation of this show. James Spader is cool, but everyone else doesn’t quite get what they want to do. The show’s a mess and it’s surprising that it lasted this long. While I never cared for “Boston Legal”, at least they had continuity. I’m not sure how much of that was network interference or just malaise. Oh well, that’s most dramatic TV from the late 90s through the 00s.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty fair when compared to prior season releases. Still, I would’ve loved to have seen an HD release. But, I guess I’ll take what I can get. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.

RELEASE DATE: 04/15/2014

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