David E. Kelley

Television producer, writer, attorney David E. Kelley

David Edward Kelley is an American television writer and producer, known as the creator of Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal, and Harry's Law as well as several films. Kelley is one of very few screenwriters to have had a show created by him run on all four of the top commercial U.S. television networks.
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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Mr. Mercedes’ and ‘Transparent’
NYTimes - 7 months
David E. Kelley adapts Stephen King’s first detective novel for the screen. And Jill Soloway’s tale about a family man in transition heads to SundanceTV.
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Review: ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ a Stephen King Story With a Difference
NYTimes - 7 months
David E. Kelley adapts Mr. King’s first detective novel in a series starring Brendan Gleeson as a former policeman haunted by a horrific act of violence.
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If You're Wondering Where 'Big Little Lies' Was Filmed, Plan A Trip To Monterey
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Reese Witherspoon And Laura Dern Say A Second Season Of 'Big Little Lies' Could Happen
Huffington Post - 11 months
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IDEO's David Kelley Asks $15 Million for Six-Pavilion Home
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
Designed by the late Italian architect Ettore Sottsass, the Woodside, Calif., property consists of a collection of buildings, each a different shape and material.
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David E. Kelley on Balancing Comedy and Drama in HBO's Big Little Lies - Vulture
Google News - about 1 year
Vulture David E. Kelley on Balancing Comedy and Drama in HBO's Big Little Lies Vulture Ten-time Emmy-winning TV producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, L.A. Law) ventured into new creative territory when he agreed to adapt Liane Moriarty's best-selling novel, Big Little Lies, into an HBO limited series, at the invitation of executive ... Big Little Lies: Like The Housewives Of Monterey, We Are Living For This DramaMTV.com Big Little Lies Is a Fascinating, Thrilling Ride Full of Solid Performances and House PornE! Online HBO's 'Big Little Lies': When Pretty Little Liars Grow Up To Become Pretty Big LiarsHuffington Post TIME -OregonLive.com -Boston Herald -cleveland.com (blog) all 135 news articles »
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After swearing them off, David E. Kelley returns to law shows with 'Goliath' - but not for a network
LATimes - over 1 year
David E. Kelley swore he was done. He even made the promise on paper to his grown children. No more law shows. The former Boston lawyer-turned-prolific writer and producer has built a reputation as TV's legal drama maestro thanks to such popular series as "L.A. Law," "The Practice," "Ally McBeal"...
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Fyvush Finkel, 'Boston Public' And 'Picket Fences' Actor, Dead At 93
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Fyvush Finkel, the Emmy Award–winning actor known for his work in theater and on TV, has died, his son confirmed. He was 93.  Finkel died early Sunday morning in Manhattan, his son Ian told The Associated Press. The actor had reportedly been suffering with heart problems for months.  “He did everything,” Ian Finkel told the AP. “That seems to be a trait of the old-time performers. They could all sing and dance and act and everything. It’s so wonderful.” Stars like Rosie O’Donnell and Jeri Ryan, who appeared with Finkel on “Boston Public,” took to Twitter to share their condolences.  what a love he was ... Fyvush Finkel, Pillar of Yiddish Theater, Dies at 93 https://t.co/DjP7laiRQH — Rosie (@Rosie) August 15, 2016 So sad to hear about the passing of the funny and sweet Fyvush Finkel. RIP you dear, dear man. #bostonpublic — Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) August 15, 2016 The actor, born Philip Finkel, got his start in 1930 when he sang in a sma...
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How to Help Students Develop the Growth Mindset With #20time
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Imagine your students taking the stage at TED, standing confident and delivering their next big idea that wows the crowd and become a viral share on the web. It's every teacher's dream, right? To see students grow into the remarkable adults we know they can become. As teachers, we look for the right unit, the right lesson plan, the perfect project that will help students develop grit, see the benefit of entrepreneurial hustle and grow a growth mindset. These are the thoughts that keep us up all night the day before a new school year. Students who possess a growth mindset know that grit, perseverance and reflection will get them to grow into whoever they want to be, says Carol S. Dweck. Dweck's research also shows us that students from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those of minority background, typically possess a fixed mindset. They believe their intelligence quotient stays the same throughout their life. They could learn new things, they believe, but they ca...
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Creative Confidence
The Times of India - about 4 years
Did you ever wish that someone would actually teach you how to be more creative? We are all born creative. What some of us lack is “creative confidence”.  The book I would recommend for you is Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley. The Kelley brothers have the bragging rights to tell us a thing or two about ideas, creativity, design and more.  IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the..
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Can You Have Meetings and Still Innovate?
Inc. Magazine - over 4 years
You may need to get together with your staff. But if you want to be an innovation leader, you can't process things to death. There is no consensus when it comes to meetings and their impact on organizational, entrepreneurial, and personal innovation. Advocates of meetings stress the benefits of brainstorming and repeat the adage, “many hands make light work.” Those who look down on meetings point out how much time they waste and the risk of ideas being shaped by groupthink. Members of the anti-meeting camp most likely take pleasure in the words of John Kenneth Galbraith: “Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.” So as an entrepreneur, what do you do? Do you limit meetings and miss out on exciting brainstorming sessions? Or do you schedule as many meetings as you can at the risk of being seen as a pedantic time waster? Let’s study both extremes in detail: David Kelley, co-founder of IDEO, is a proponent of meetings. He believes in collaborating with people...
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Michelle Pfeiffer: I Was in a Cult Pre-Fame, Forced on Dangerous Diet (Justin Ravitz/Us Weekly)
Wesmirch.com - over 4 years
Justin Ravitz / Us Weekly: Michelle Pfeiffer: I Was in a Cult Pre-Fame, Forced on Dangerous Diet  —  Whoa.  One of the biggest, most glamorous movie stars of the 80s and 90s, Michelle Pfeiffer is a 55-year-old Hollywood veteran who's had a quieter life and career with director husband David E. Kelley over the past decade or so.
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan to pen script
LATimes - over 4 years
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Katie Couric Explores 5 Rules for Happiness
Huffington Post - over 4 years
How to find happiness? Katie Couric explored the pursuit of happiness today at Stanford University, California with a panel of experts in psychology, business, neuroscience and design. Fresh Dialogues was super happy to get a front row seat at the event. Here's what we learned: 1. Adopt Happy People Habits Look on the bright side, be grateful, exercise, eat well, invest in deep friendships and be authetic. 2. Embrace Good Stress Sometimes short-term stress, for example appearing on a panel at Stanford, can be a good thing. Embrace it and don't let the fear overcome you. Remember Yoda: Fear is the path to the dark side. 3. Find Meaning in Your Life Be a generous giver and do what makes you feel good (i.e. philanthropy, volunteering, giving back). Give the gift of an experience not things. (E.g. treat your wee nephews to a night at the Lion King Musical -- trust me, it's the best birthday present ever!) 4. Be Creative Don't opt out of creativity in 4th grade! Nurture yo...
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Why Hasn't 'Wonder Woman' Returned To The Screen?
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
Hollywood can't seem to get "Wonder Woman" right on both the big and small screens. Joss Whedon knows that firsthand. The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator was attached to a big screen adaptation of the Amazon Princess, but the project never came to fruition. "It is hard. She’s a tough nut to crack," Whedon told EW. "I know she's famous as a television show, but I don’t think she lends herself to television. I think she only works on an epic scale. I saw a bit of the David E. Kelley [NBC pilot]. That was not a good marriage." Amazing Grace by geekgirlworld Read More...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David E. Kelley
  • 2014
    Age 57
    In 2014, David E. Kelley was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
  • 2013
    Age 56
    A new comedy series created by Kelley, The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, premiered on CBS on September 26, 2013.
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  • 2011
    Age 54
    In 2011, Kelley wrote a script for the pilot episode of a new Wonder Woman TV series for Warner Bros.
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    Kelley was the creator and executive producer of Harry's Law, which premiered on NBC on January 17, 2011.
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    Full-time writers on the first season of The Practice included David Shore, later the creator of House, Stephen Gaghan, a future Oscar winner for Traffic, Michael R. Perry, the creator of the 2011-12 series The River, and Ed Redlich, co-creator of the 2011-12 series Unforgettable.
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  • 2008
    Age 51
    In May 2008, Kelley signed a deal with Warner Bros.
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  • 2007
    Age 50
    Additionally, Kelley worked on an Americanized version of the BBC show Life on Mars for the 2007–2008 season on ABC and also worked on an adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh's Hollywood Station.
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    In 2007, Kelley received the Justice in the Arts Award from Death Penalty Focus, an organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty. He previously received an award from this organization in 2000 for his work on the show The Practice. The Wedding Bells premiered in fall 2007 and was canceled after seven episodes.
  • 2004
    Age 47
    Boston Legal on ABC, premiering in 2004, gave continuity and success to the Kelley franchise.
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  • 2002
    Age 45
    In addition to Snoops, Kelley continued to have a string of unsuccessful series: girls club in 2002, The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire in 2003 and the reality show The Law Firm in 2005.
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  • 2000
    Age 43
    In 2000, 20th Century Fox Television extended its arrangement with Kelley.
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  • 1997
    Age 40
    When Ally McBeal premiered in 1997 on FOX, Kelley was also shepherding his other two shows, Chicago Hope and The Practice, although he was not actively participating in Chicago Hope at the time.
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  • 1996
    Age 39
    Besides his first film, From the Hip, which received poor reviews, Kelley wrote and produced three other films. 1996's To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, a romance, co-starring his wife, Michelle Pfeiffer, received tepid critical and box office reception.
    Premiering as a midseason replacement for the 1996-1997 season, The Practice was Kelley's chance to write another courtroom drama but one focusing on the less glamorous realities of a small law firm.
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  • 1995
    Age 38
    In 1995, Kelley entered into a five-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television to produce shows for both the ABC and FOX television networks, each agreeing to take two series.
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    Expressing a desire to focus more on his production company and upcoming projects, Kelley ceased day-to-day involvement with both series in 1995, allowing others to write and produce.
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  • 1994
    Age 37
    Under pressure from CBS to develop a second series even though he didn't feel ready to produce two shows simultaneously, Kelley launched the medical drama Chicago Hope, starring Mandy Patinkin and Adam Arkin, which premiered in 1994.
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  • 1993
    Age 36
    They married on November 13, 1993, and christened Claudia the same day. In August 1994, Pfeiffer gave birth to a son, John Henry.
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  • 1992
    Age 35
    In 1992, after co-creating Doogie Howser, M.D. with his mentor Steven Bochco, Kelley formed his own production company, David E Kelley Productions, making a three-series deal with CBS.
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  • 1991
    Age 34
    Kelley left after the fifth season in 1991 and ratings began to fall.
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  • 1989
    Age 32
    Finally, in 1989, Bochco stepped away from the series making Kelley the executive producer.
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  • 1986
    Age 29
    In 1986, Steven Bochco was searching for writers with a law background for his new NBC legal series, L.A. Law.
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  • 1983
    Age 26
    In 1983, while considering it only a hobby, Kelley began writing a screenplay, a legal thriller, which was optioned in 1986 and later became the Judd Nelson feature film From the Hip in 1987.
  • 1979
    Age 22
    Kelley was a stick boy for the Whalers during his father's time as coach and the captain of the hockey team at Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in political science.
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  • 1956
    Born on April 4, 1956.
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