Meet the Ally-Come-Latelies

After McBeal's demise, David E. Kelley goes on a familiar-looking legal gender bender with girls club

Give David E. Kelley credit for one thing: he's the one male producer in Hollywood not willing to cede gender issues to women. Judging by girls club (Fox, Mondays, 9 p.m. E.T.), his button-pushing-women-lawyers follow-up to his button-pushing-woman-lawyer serial Ally McBeal (canceled last season), we will have to pry gender issues from his cold, dead fingers.

As on Ally, the focus is on matters professional and romantic--here, about new attorneys Lynne (Gretchen Mol), Jeannie (Kathleen Robertson) and Sarah (Chyler Leigh). As on Ally, we see a high-priced law firm, eccentric cases and characters with nicknames like "the Worm." But don't...

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