A sequel to the comedy-drama series Ally McBeal reportedly in development, with plans for a black lead to port the series. According Deadline, the series is set to be written and executive produced by Karin Gist, and the plot will focus on a young black woman fresh out of law school joining the law firm of the original series. This young black woman is said to be the daughter of Ally McBeal’s DA roommate Renée Raddick, played by Lisa Nicole Carson in the original series. Golden Globe winner Calista Flockhart, who many young viewers may remember as Cat Grant on The CW super girl, would supposedly reprise her role as the show’s main character. However, nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Ally McBeal Sequel Series Brings Black Lead
By introducing a black lead, the Ally McBeal The sequel appears to promote a progressive message for respect for race and feminism. This is quite interesting, given the love-hate relationship that some feminists have with Ally McBeal. While the popular crime drama show features a woman working in a largely male-dominated field as a lawyer, Ally McBeal disables some people for character mess. The character is frazzled, insecure, promiscuous, and is always seen in a miniskirt. Although these are traits that modern feminists often say they hate, Ally McBeal is still celebrated as a character who demonstrates what many women (and human beings in general) crave, namely connection, love and feeling that they are progressing towards success.
Regardless of what today’s viewers may think of the show, Ally McBeal remains an iconic show, and it even served as inspiration for the Disney+ series She-Hulk. With this show and the new series of sequels to come, it’s clear that Ally McBeal’s the influence is still strong.
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