A new character is being added to ABC's "Boston Legal" next season. Taraji P. Henson will join the cast as a series regular later in the season. She will play a high powered corporate litigator out of the New York office whom Carl Sack, played by John Larroquette, brings in to help him wrestle for more political sovereignty within the firm.
The series also announced plans for a number of guest stars to appear during the coming season. Gail O'Grady once again plays Judge Gloria Weldon, who is in a heated relationship with Alan Shore, played by James Spader. Saffron Burrows will appear in a multi-episode arc as a sexy, sophisticated commercial litigator who once had a passionate affair with Alan, the chemistry of which still lingers and distracts. Rene Auberjonois returns to Crane Poole & Schmidt, reprising his role as Paul Lewiston, a senior partner in the law firm. And Mark Valley returns as attorney Brad Chase, who goes up against one of the firm's lawyers in court.
Boston Legal stars James Spader as Alan Shore, John Larroquette as Carl Sack, Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence/Clarice Bell, Tara Summers as Katie Lloyd, with Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt and William Shatner as Denny Crane.
Boston Legal was created by David E. Kelley. Kelley and Bill D'Elia are executive producers. The series, which premiered October 3, 2004, is produced by David E. Kelley Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television.