DENNYCRANE: I have not had a ton of time this fall to check out the new tv shows -- no Lost, only occasional Desperate Housewifery, but I have been around a tv most Sunday nights to watch Boston Legal.
It is by no means great television -- it is neither gripping as drama nor as funny as other David E. Kelley works. But it burrows nicely into the ethical dilemmas of contemporary legal practice, and James Spader and William Shatner eat so much scenery you'd think they were at the Bellagio Buffet.
Also, the show marks the return to network series tv of Rene Auberjonois, so good as a pissy little douchebag in Benson twenty years ago, and in the same role today as the firm's managing partner.
It's all good. While never being compelling, it sure manages to hold your attention for an hour. Worth watching when the football game's bad.