Ally McBeal lined up for revival series with Calista Flockhart returning

Amy West
·2-min read
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Photo credit: Fox

From Digital Spy

An Ally McBeal revival series is reportedly in the works, with lead Calista Flockhart being eyed to reprise her role as the titular lawyer.

According to TV Line, no streaming service or network is attached to the project just yet, nor is a showrunner. When the latter is lined up though, it'll likely be a female filmmaker, as original series creator David E Kelley – who is on board as executive producer this time around – steps back.

"I'd be open to the idea of Ally McBeal being done again, but I don't think it should be done by me. If it were going to be done, it really should be done by a woman," he told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2018.

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He added: "If it's going to be new, it should be new and different."

Having aired from 1997 to 2002, Ally McBeal centred on a bunch of Boston-based attorneys navigating their careers and often eccentric love lives in the city.

Its early seasons earned widespread critical acclaim, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 1997 and 1998, and bagging the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1999.

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Photo credit: Fotos International - Getty Images

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Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place), Greg Germann (Grey's Anatomy) and ER's Lisa Nicole Carson were among those who starred alongside Flockhart.

Jane Krakowski (Dickinson), Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) and Elementary's Lucy Liu also featured, while Marvel fave Robert Downey Jr was introduced in season 4 as a major love interest for Ally.

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