or


[05/20/03 - 12:00 AM]
'Practice' Not Perfect as Six Exit
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) - In one of the biggest cast turnovers in recent memory, six of the current stars of ABC's "The Practice" will not return next season. Original cast members Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams and Lisa Gay Hamilton will exit the series as will later entries Lara Flynn Boyle, Marla Sokoloff and Chyler Leigh. The move leaves Camryn Manheim, Michael Badalucco, Steve Harris and Jessica Capshaw as the only returning cast members for its eighth season.

The mass exodus is widely believed to be caused by 20th Century Fox's decision to slash its current license fee ($6.5 million per episode) in half in order to secure an 11th hour renewal by ABC. After being moved to Monday nights in January, viewership dropped more than 20% from last season leading many to believe the series was a longshot to return. ABC will move the drama back to its old Sunday, 10:00/9:00c time slot in the fall.

In a statement to the press, creator and executive producer David E. Kelley told reporters, "Due to economic and creative realities, many key people will not be returning, including Dylan." He added, "It hurts, professionally and personally. This is perhaps the finest group of actors and people one could ever hope to work with; I hope for all of them to recur if possible, and if I'm lucky, I'll get to work with them on future projects as well. I'm indebted to each and every one of them."

Only McDermott is expected to make a curtain call next season, as the actor has committed to appear in a four-episode stint. McDermott had been under contract for all of next season however keeping him would require a substantial raise from his current $300,000 per episode salary, something distributor 20th Century Fox couldn't afford with its new license fee.

Several new cast members are expected to be announced in the coming months as Kelley works to rebuild the series.





  [may 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· PRACTICE, THE (ABC)





[04/27/17 - 08:02 AM]
Bravo Media Expands Unscripted Programming Slate with Six New and 18 Returning Series
Summer premieres will include "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and "Shahs of Sunset."

[04/27/17 - 07:58 AM]
The Scott Brothers Hit the Beach for New Season of HGTV's "Brother vs. Brother: Jonathan vs. Drew"
Premiering Wednesday, May 31, the series arms the popular twins with $600,000 each and six weeks of time to purchase and transform drab waterfront homes into stunning vacation retreats.

[04/27/17 - 07:32 AM]
Velocity Races Into May with a Custom-Fit Premiere of the Brand-New Original Series "Speed Is the New Black"
The series premieres Wednesday, May 24 at 9:00/8:00c on Velocity.

[04/27/17 - 07:03 AM]
Video: Okja - A Message from Lucy Mirando - June 28
Lucy Mirando and the Super Pig Project are featured in the upcoming Netflix original film Okja.

[04/27/17 - 06:34 AM]
The NBCU Content Studio and Broadway Video Partner to Create a First-to-Market Exclusive Original Comedy Offering for Brand Marketers
Jeep has signed on as its first partner to launch their new vehicle, the Jeep Compass.

[04/27/17 - 06:00 AM]
E! Delivers Comprehensive Cross-Platform Coverage of the 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet Beginning Monday, May 1st
Plus: look for "Fashion Police: The 2017 Met Gala" on Tuesday, May 2 at 8:00/7:00c.

[04/26/17 - 12:16 PM]
Hailee Steinfeld, Kelsea Ballerini and Sofia Carson to Perform a Medley of Britney Spears' Iconic Hits at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
Grammy Award-winning Spears is the first-ever recipient of the RDMA Icon Award which recognizes an artist whose career transcends popular culture.

[04/26/17 - 12:09 PM]
Back for Another Bite: "Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter" Returns May 22 on Adult Swim
New episodes of the half-hour live-action mini-series will air over five consecutive nights during the premiere week starting at Midnight E/P.

[04/26/17 - 11:49 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Closes Out Season 42 with All-Star Lineups
LCD Soundsystem, Haim and Katy Perry will join previously announced hosts Chris Pine, Melissa McCarthy and Dwayne Johnson.

[04/26/17 - 11:16 AM]
"Saints & Sinners" Season Finale Reaches 1.3 Million Viewers, Season Two Seen by 7.3 Million
Bounce TV further spins the numbers for Sunday, April 23.

[04/26/17 - 10:13 AM]
Video: Watch the New Trailer from TNT's "American Race" with Host Charles Barkley
TNT's "American Race" will air over two nights - Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12 - with two episodes each night at 9 and 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

[04/26/17 - 10:08 AM]
MTV to Host 2017 College Signing Day Featuring Former First Lady Michelle Obama in New York City at The Public Theater on May 5th
Also on tap are Nick Cannon, Keri Russell, Bella Hadid, Jidenna, Michael B. Jordan, Zoe Kravitz, Emeka Okafor, Mathew Rhys, Robin Roberts and more.

[04/26/17 - 09:31 AM]
Hilary Swank Joins Cast of FX's "Trust"
Swank will star as Gail Getty, John Paul Getty III's determined and resourceful mother, who remains committed to helping her son as she navigates tricky familial waters.

[04/26/17 - 09:02 AM]
Video: "Dear White People" - Featurette: Stay Woke - Netflix
"Dear White People" is a send-up of the now post "post-racial" America that weaves together a universal story of finding one's own identity and forging a wholly unique path.

[04/26/17 - 09:01 AM]
AT&T Audience Network New Original Series "Fearless with Tim Ferriss" Premieres May 30
Ferriss creates a genuine and honest conversation with guests to discuss how they've overcome their fears, dealt with hardships, and crafted unique paths to success.