It looks like She-Hulk, Attorney at Law has revived a classic genre, as the legal dramedy Ally McBeal might be making its return after two decades. The five-season series will act as a follow-up and focus on a new lead, a young black woman who joins the law firm from the original series after law school. She’ll be the daughter of Ally McBeal. Calista Flockheart has been approached to potentially set to reprise her role.
Karin Gist of Mike fame is set to executive produce and write the series. It does seem like Flockhart’s potential return hinges on the script but there’s hope that the series will start moving forward. The original series was created by David E. Kelley and was an Emmy-winning series at the time. The creator has also seemingly given his blessing to the new project and stepped out to let a new generation handle it.
It seems that 20th TV has actively been looking into reviving the franchise for years, especially after Disney acquired the studio. ABC’s focus on female-driven character dramas made it the perfect home but nothing is definite in the streaming era. It’s ironically not the first revival of a series like this, as NBC’s Night Court did something similar.
The timing is also perfect as She-Hulk is currently using a lot of inspirations from that era of law dramedy to offer something with a heroic twist. It may also be a showcase that Disney was quite happy with the format and saw the potential in once again pushing this revival a bit stronger internally. We’ll see how it develops once more news arrives on the project.