Kelley subpoenas 'Practice' partner
David E. Kelley has begun the process of rebuilding "The Practice," bringing in James Spader to fill the void left by the soon-to-depart Dylan McDermott.
In addition, actress Rhona Mitra --- most recently seen in "Sweet Home Alabama" and "The Life of David Gale" --- has been approached about joining the skein, though no deal has been worked out.
In a move that stunned his own actors and possibly ABC execs, Kelley last month fired most of the stars of "The Practice," including series lead McDermott. Move was an economic reaction to the Alphabet's dramatically cutting its license fee for the show.
A spokeswoman for the producer said Spader's deal wasn't yet done, but Kelley nonetheless issued a statement anticipating Spader will be on the set when "The Practice" begins shooting its new season later this summer.