Quartet of 'Boston' regulars exit series

Vet TV thesp John Larroquette has joined the cast of ABC’s “Boston Legal,” while several cast members have exited as series regulars.

Rene Auberjonois, Julie Bowen, Mark Valley and Constance Zimmer have not been renewed as “Boston Legal” stars but may make occasional appearances. Insiders at David E. Kelley Prods. said the move was part of an effort to keep the stories and characters fresh in the show’s fourth season.

Larroquette will play Carl Sack, a senior partner from Crane Poole & Schmidt’s New York offices who transfers to Boston. Larroquette is a Kelley fave, having won an Emmy for his guest stint on “The Practice.”

Also new to the cast: Christian Clemenson, who won the guest actor Emmy for his role on “Boston Legal” as lawyer and Asperger’s syndrome sufferer Jerry “Hands” Espenson; his character has been bumped up to regular status. Tara Summers (“Dirt”) will play a young associate.

Kelley and Bill D’Elia exec produce “Boston Legal,” which comes from 20th Century Fox TV and David E. Kelley Prods.

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