David E. Kelley is an American screenwriter and showrunner. He created Picket Fences
, Chicago Hope
, The Practice
, Ally McBeal
, Boston Public
, Boston Legal
, Harry's Law
and Monday Mornings
, and co-created Doogie Howser MD
with Steven Bochco
He was before creating his own series a story editor and writer on the genre-wise
seminal L.A. Law
, as well as co-writing the movie From The Hip
, an unconventional lawyer).
Married to Michelle Pfeiffer
Tropes common to David E. Kelley's work include:
- Creator's Pet: Invoked. Kelley is not ashamed to sideline old characters in favour of new ones. A good example would be Alan Shore on The Practice. James Spader received last billing in the opening credits but he was essentially the de facto lead for the last season, overshadowing all of the more established characters.
- Crossover: Most of Kelley's shows have crossed over with at least one other. As a result, pretty much all of his shows take place in the same universe/continuity.
- Reclusive Artist: According to a few of his actors, he's painfully shy and prefers to stay in the proverbial shadows.
- Write What You Know: Kelley was a lawyer before becoming a professional writer.