The sequel to the “Ally McBeal” series in The Works at ABC
Ally McBeal may have ended 20 years ago, but ABC is ready to bring back the legal comedy-drama.
According Deadline, ABC is in development on a series of sequels with Calista Flockhart set to return to the lead role. Written and produced by Karin Gist (Mike), the new series will follow a young black woman who joins the original series’ legal film (or its current incarnation) straight out of law school. The young woman is believed to be the daughter of Renée Raddick, roommate of Ally McBeal (Flockhart), who was played by Lisa Nicole Carson in the Mothership series.
Flockhart has yet to sign on for the project, which she will also executive produce. Trades says she will wait to see the script before committing to a return to screen. David E. Kelley, who is the creator of the original series, has already given his blessing to the sequel but is not expected to be involved. Gist serves as showrunner and executive producer through her production banner, The Gist of It, alongside the company’s executive vice president, Claire Brown.
Ally McBeal originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997 to May 20, 2002. The series received critical acclaim in its early seasons, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 1998 and 1999 , and also winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1999. As of 2021. Marvel Studios‘ She-Hulk the creatives said that Ally McBeal was used as inspiration for their series.