DENNY CRANE BETS A HUGE SUM OF MONEY AGAINST CARL SACK’S WINNING A COCKFIGHTING CASE, AND ALAN SHORE AND LORRAINE WELLER REPRESENT A TEENAGE GIRL WHO SUES HER SCHOOL AFTER CONTRACTING HIV, ON ABC’S “BOSTON LEGAL”

“The Chicken and the Leg” - Denny Crane is so convinced that Carl Sack will be on the losing side of a cockfighting case that he wagers an extremely large sum with him; Alan Shore and Lorraine Weller pursue a lawsuit against a high school — which teaches abstinence-only sex education — after a 15-year-old girl contracts HIV; and Katie Lloyd and Jerry Espenson take on the case of a woman who alleges that a psychologist’s therapy sessions caused her husband’s suicide, on “Boston Legal,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Boston Legal” stars James Spader as Alan Shore, John Larroquette as Carl Sack, Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence/Clarice Bell, Tara Summers as Katie Lloyd, Saffron Burrows as Lorraine Weller, with Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt and William Shatner as Denny Crane.

Guest starring are Currie Graham as A.D.A. Frank Ginsberg, Henry Gibson as Judge Clark Brown, Patricia Belcher as Judge Leslie Bishop, Roland Molina as Miguel Obisbo, Lauri Johnson as Sister Catherine O’Reilly, Mark L. Taylor as Attorney Adam Jovanka, Kay Panabaker as Abby Holt, Dan Gilvezan as Evan Holt, John Beasley as Detective Walter McKay, Nora Dunn as Attorney Cynthia Rhodes and Claire Carey as Deena Rice.

“The Chicken and the Leg” was written by David E. Kelley & Lawrence Broch and directed by James Bagdonas.

“Boston Legal” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning.

A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

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