11 Things You Didn’t Know About Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal was one of the most popular shows in the late ’90s. The critically acclaimed legal drama created by David E. Kelley was viewed as incredibly unique, eccentric, humorous and forward-thinking. Although it only ran for five seasons between 1997 and 2002, Ally McBeal made a huge impact on primetime television and drew in millions of viewers each week. The anniversary of the series finale is coming up at the end of this month, it’ll be 15 years since the show ended, so here’s a look at 11 things you didn’t know about Ally McBeal!
11. Bridget Fonda Offered Lead Role
It would be hard to picture anyone except Calista Flockhart as Ally McBeal, but apparently Bridget Fonda was David E. Kelley’s first choice! In an interview with the Calgary Sun, Fonda said she turned down the role to focus on her film career. “David sent the [Ally McBeal] script and offer to me through my agent. I refused to read the script for fear I might really like it. I’ve never wanted to do TV. I love feature films too much. I’m not kicking myself for having passed on ‘Ally McBeal,’ even though it’s a huge hit. I’ve been acting long enough to know it could have been a complete dud with me in it,” she said.
10. Target Audience
Fox approached David E. Kelley, who was fresh off creating the legal drama The Practice six months prior, to develop a show that would draw in a larger female demographic between the ages of 18 to 34 to tune in after Melrose Place. The network asked him to create a show about “young, ambitious, and sexually supercharged business executives” and gave him full creative control of the project. Kelley then drew on his former experiences as a lawyer to develop Ally McBeal, a show about attorneys.