Sunday, June 12, 2016

I can't wait to see a David Kelley show on tv again.

It's not exactly a secret that during the late nineties and the early 2000s I was a big fan of writer producer David E. Kelley. His television shows like 'Ally Mcbeal' and 'The Practice' were likely the biggest reason that I wanted to become a writer too.

In my opinion, his shows were so good because as a writer he dared to be a real person. His writing was so full of honesty, integrity and kindess that I couldn't help but to fall in love with him as a writer and as a human being.

I also liked him, because even though he clearly was an opinionated writer, he wasn't a judgemental person per se. He wasn't about judging people or thinking that he always knew exactly how things were supposed to be.

In any case, even though he was super successful especially during those years,  over the last ten years Kelley hasn't had that many good shows on the air. After Boston Legal he hasn't really delivered stuff that was that good and I had almost given up on him.

So knowing this all, I was more than pleasantly surprised when I noticed that not only does he have two high profile projects going on, both of them are going to air in the near future and have gotten some good reviews already.

When it comes to his first project, it's an original Amazon series called 'Trial', that is supposed to air next fall. This is a lawyer show that seems to have more than a solid cast, since actors like Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt are on it.

Based on some anonymous reviews that I've found, it seems that this series might become some sort of a hit. At least those who have seen it already are saying that the series is very well made and that the pilot for it is excellent.

The second and likely a much more anticipated project by Kelley is a series for HBO that is called 'Big Little Lies'. This is an adaptation based on a New York Times bestseller by a female author Liane Moriarty.

When it comes to the story of the series, it's about three women and their families who try to get along and work out their problems. It's supposed to be a heart-warming and humorous take on how dysfunctional american society has become.

This is an anticipated series not only because the book that it's based on has gotten really good reviews, but it's also a series that is filled with A-list female actors like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.

Personally speaking, I'm looking forward to this series because David Kelley is famous for being a skilled 'feminist' writer. Unlike almost every other writer out there, he has always excelled at writing female characters.

I'm also looking forward to this series, because over the years Kelley has been so good at showing compassion and kindness. Perhaps this show could be a bit like his best series, 'Picket Fences', that aired during the early nineties. 

So all in all, even though I haven't expected that much from him lately, at least for now it seems that things look pretty good for Kelley. It seems that 'Trial' and 'Big Little Lies' are both projects that have a lot of potential and promise.

We can only hope that he's going to bring out his best qualities as a writer this time. That would be a really good thing, because there aren't that many quality shows out there that manage to keep us entertained.

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