Dave E. Kelley stays put

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood hit-maker David E. Kelley Thursday signed a new three-year pact that will keep him with 20th Century Fox TV for three more years.

That means Kelley will celebrate his 20th year with 20th next year, Daily Variety noted.


"I used to be the youngest producer on the lot. Now I'm the oldest," Kelley said. "They'll never get rid of me."

Kelley started with the studio in 1996 as a writer on the first season of "L.A. Law."

Among his small screen creations are "Ally McBeal," "The Practice," "Chicago Hope," "Picket Fences," "Boston Public" and "Boston Legal" -- which picked up Emmys last weekend for stars James Spader and William Shatner.

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