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|Thu, 06-12-2003 - 8:35am|
A Legal Matter as Spader Joins 'Practice'
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By Nellie Andreeva
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - James Spader (news) is in final negotiations to join "The Practice" following the recent exit of six cast members from David E. Kelley's ailing ABC legal drama, including Dylan McDermott (news) and Lara Flynn Boyle (news).
Spader will join Camryn Manheim (news), Michael Badalucco (news), Steve Harris (news) and Jessica Capshaw (news) as regulars on the series, which is heading into its eighth season in the fall. He will play Alan Shore, a complicated and ethically challenged lawyer.
"It is a writer's dream to work with an actor as multifaceted and layered as James Spader is," Kelley said. "I've been a fan of his for some time and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity for us to work together."
Sources said Spader caught Kelley's eye with his performance in last year's quirky indie comedy "Secretary."
"The Practice" will mark only the second regular TV gig for Spader, who had a role on NBC's short-lived drama "The Family Tree" in 1983. He memorably played a 12-stepper on an episode of "Seinfeld." He recently earned critical acclaim for his work in the FX television movie "The Pentagon (news - web sites) Papers."