David E. Kelley Quotes.
You’ve got to honor your relationship with your audience – that they sit down because they want to be entertained. And that doesn’t mean you can’t provoke them and antagonize them and challenge them in the course of the entertainment as long as you keep the entertainment part of the equation alive.
The more lawyers there are, the more people are out there to encourage others not to go to law school.
When you create a show, and create characters, these people are like children to you.
If you interview people or friends who work with me, they would say I’m private or internal or don’t emote a lot. Yet I do it every day for 10 million people. I just don’t do it for the 30 people I’m in the room with.
In retrospect, I think it’s a plus, because now we’ve been able to go back and spend extra time on each of those episodes and make them better.
But Steven Bochco was smart; he knew that viewers were smart.
I don’t think it’s that strange that a show has sort of a bumpy beginning. It’s just part and parcel of the process.
When I really have to push and grope and scratch and claw to make a story work, that’s a telltale sign that maybe something conceptually isn’t right.
One of the most fundamental questions people have about defense attorneys is, ‘How can you do that? How can you go to bat everyday for a person that you may not know is guilty but you have a pretty good idea that he’s not so innocent?’ It’s a question that defense attorneys answer for themselves by not addressing.
You learn more when things go wrong.
I’ve never really told jokes. I’m not good at it.
I gravitate toward the law, I think, certainly more times than not, because it’s our best mechanism for legislating human behavior, and morality, and ethics.
My court skills may have atrophied.
We also have issue oriented storylines which are an examination of an issue, be it ethical or social.
The designer […] has a passion for doing something that fits somebody’s needs, but that is not just a simple fix. The designer has a dream that goes beyond what exists, rather than fixing what exists. […] The designer wants to create a solution that fits in a deeper situational or social sense.
I don’t think I could write a straight drama.
Some of my high school teachers did remind me that I had an excellent imagination when it came to making up excuses.
It gets harder and harder to succeed and find audiences with the 500-channel universe, the remote control, and people being so trigger happy with that remote control. It just gets harder to get a foothold.
I think the law changes, which is a nice luxury.
People are out of their home on a Saturday night or they’re at the movies or they’re at dinner and a lot of the people who flip on the television are doing just that. They may have never seen your show before and you can’t count on to your audience to be there week in and week out.