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I'm curious to see how the re-edit the first four episodes of season 2 deals with the two departing females, since the episodes were already in the can last year when Grey's Anatomy surprisingly but permanently preempted the return of BL. Presumably Mitra and Potter should still be in these episodes, with their departure worked in toward the end. Unless...
So it won't be until about a month from now that we'll be able to really see the new direction the show is going to take.
Personally, as much as I enjoy James Spader and William Shatner and the spicy banter with Candice Bergen (who I think is a positive addition to the show, in general), I will resent it if the show becomes primarily about 2 or 3 leading character people exclusively (as it seems they're going to make it, if you look at the posters on buses) instead of being about a much larger strong ensemble cast. As much as these 3 characters are smart and are given smart things to say and feel, I don't want to watch only these 3 for an hour.
In my opinion you can't have a strong dramedy without a strong ensemble cast with lots of characters who each have their own ongoing personal story you know all about as the show lifetime unfolds. None should be onscreen for an hour, and you need characters who could be headliners for any given week and you'd still enjoy it.
Think of the "greats" and how many largely equal (but each definitely strong enough to interest you for a single show) supporting characters you had... Hill Street Blues which was probably the finest (remember fabulous characters Phil Esterhaus and Grace Gardner and their ongoing storyline?) , LA Law, The Wire, Homicide, Boomtown, early Ally McBeal, NYPD Blue, etc.
In general, I would say that the really great shows are about more than just 2 people... and both sexes, along with their interactions. And with the elimination of two major females (including one primary love interest) from Boston Legal and the subsequent likely refining of the story focus to the "big stars" and "comedy", I fear the worst for the outcome here.
Cast of "Hill Street Blues". I'll bet you know the 7-year story on 97% of them, that's how good the writing and ensemble was, and how much screen time and story arc even the "minor" characters were given.
JEFFREY TAMBOR: Attorney/Judge Alan Wachtel (recurring)
DENNIS FRANZ: Det. Sal Benedetto (1983) / Lt. Norman Buntz (1985-1987)
VERONICA HAMEL: Joyce Davenport
KEN OLIN: Det. Harry Garibaldi (1984-1985)
DANIEL J. TRAVANTI: Captain Frank Furillo
MIMI KUZYK: Det. Patsy Mayo (1984-1985, recurring otherwise)
BARBARA BABCOCK: Grace Gardner (1981-85)
CHARLES HAID: Officer Andrew "Andy" Renko
ED MARINARO: Officer Joe Coffey (1981-1986)
PETER JURASIK: Sid "the snitch" Thurston (recurring, 1985-87)
BARBARA BOSSON: Fay Furillo (1981-1986)
BETTY THOMAS: Officer/Sgt. Lucy Bates
JOE SPANO: Sgt./Lt. Henry Goldblume
MEGAN GALLAGHER: Officer Tina Russo (1986-87)
ROBERT CLOHESSY: Officer Patrick Flaherty (1986-87)
ROBERT HIRSCHFELD: Officer Leo Schnitz (1983-85)
JON CYPHER: Chief Fletcher P. Daniels
VINCENT LUCHESSI: Captain Jerry Fuchs
JAMES SIKKING: Lt. Howard Hunter
KIEL MARTIN: Det. Johnny "J.D." LaRue
RENE ENRIQUEZ: Lt. Ray Calletano (1981-86)
ROBERT PROSKY: Sgt. Stanislaus "Stan" Jablonski (1984-1987)
MICHAEL CONRAD: Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (1981-1984)
GEORGE WYNER: ADA Irwin Bernstein (recurring, 1984-87)
GERRY BLACK: Det./Lt. Alf Chesley (1981-82)
TAUREAN BLACQUE: Det. Neal Washington
BRUCE WEITZ: Det. Mick Belker
MICHAEL WARREN: Officer Robert "Bobby" Hill
LISA SUTTON: Robin Tattaglia-Belker (recurring, 1985-1987)
TRINIDAD SILVA: Jesus Martinez
JENNIFER TILLY: Gina Srignoli (1984-1985)
PAT CORLEY: Chief Coroner Wally Nydorf