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David E. Kelley is a writer and producer of TV shows and has worked on such series as L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, and The Practice.
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From the Hip (1987) - about an ambitious young lawyer - was only moderately well-received, Kelley's work for L.A. Law, which debuted on NBC in the fall of 1987, quickly earned him recognition. The show became a hit, and after a year Kelley quit his job in Boston. He moved up to executive story editor at the beginning of the 1987-88 season, then began to work his way up the producing hierarchy. When Bochco left to develop shows for ABC, at the end of the show's third season, Kelley was named executive producer. In addition to his producing credit, he was still writing the majority of the show's episodes. In 1989, 1990, and 1991, L.A. Law won the Emmy Award for outstanding drama series; Kelley himself won Emmys for writing in 1990 and 1991. He also worked with Bochco on the development of Doogie Howser, M.D., which premiered in 1989.
Kelley left to create his own series, Picket Fences, for CBS, in 1992. The eccentric series, set in the fictional small town of Rome, Wisconsin, earned critical acclaim, including back-to-back Emmy Awards for drama series in 1993 and 1994. Between Picket Fences and his next creation, the medical drama Chicago Hope, which premiered in 1994, Kelley wrote more than 40 one-hour episodes during a single season. Michelle Pfeiffer in March 1993, and adopted a daughter, Claudia Rose, whom Pfeiffer had previously adopted on her own.
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