Jason Katims – Takes on Boston Public
Kelley Leaves ‘Public’ School
Mon, Aug 5, 2002 11:56 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) – Creator David E. Kelley will be stepping down as executive producer and head writer of “Boston Public,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He is shifting his focus away from the FOX high school drama to focus on his other two series, “The Practice” on ABC and the new legal drama, “girls club” on FOX.
Kelley won’t be abandoning the show entirely; he will be an executive consultant on “Boston Public” from now on. Kelley adds, “I believe that this is in the best interest of all of these shows. I still expect to write episodes for ‘Boston Public’ and will continue to contribute to the show on a regular basis.”
Writer-producer Jason Katims will be replacing Kelley. No stranger to high school angst, Katim developed and executive produced the teen alien drama, “Roswell.” In 1994, he was a writer on ABC’s cult hit teen drama, “My So Called Life.” Katim will be the show’s new head writer and will executive produce “Boston Public” along with longtime Kelley collaborator Jonathan Pontell (“Ally McBeal,” “The Practice”).