Shatner's Denny Crane TV's best fiction
Shelley Fralic, Vancouver Sun, Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
In television, as in life, the memorable characters stay with us forever, their delightful idiosyncrasies ingrained in the part of our brain that stores the quirky stuff.
The truly great characters of the small screen, for instance, include ribald Karen Walker of Will & Grace, neurotic George Costanza on Seinfeld, brazen Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous, and the frenetic Dust Bunnies that live under The Big Comfy Couch.
But there is one character that stands above the rest, by far the best work of fiction created by a scriptwriter since television became a universal North American household appliance in the 1950s and forever changed the cultural landscape.
That would be Denny Crane, the skirt-chasing, politically incorrect, stogie-puffing tough but tender lawyer on Boston Legal.
It's Friday last, early in the afternoon, and William Shatner has just left the Los Angeles set of Boston Legal and is heading home, chatting on his Bluetooth headset as he navigates through traffic.
Love the show, grown to love Shatner as never before.. I want to be him at my own 77, laugh.. I treasure "Boston Legal," and as the last season unfolds on my TiVo, I'll be there.. just finished a book I'd meant to read for a long time, "Star Trek Memories," by Shatner.. I'll have to grab his new autobiography...