"Boston Legal" starring James Spader, William Shatner, Mark Valley, Rhona Mitra & Lake Bell

2005 Emmys

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Countdown:

July 14: Nominations announced, 5:35am PST

August 8: At-home judging tapes for awards are mailed

August 31: Postmark deadline for returning at-home judging ballots to Ernst & Young

September 11: Creative Arts Awards, Shrine Auditorium

September 18: Awards presentation, Shrine Auditorium

The 2004 Emmy went to...

James Spader
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

William Shatner
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Sharon Stone
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Nominated for a 2004 Emmy...

Betty White
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

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Why Mark Valley is Emmy Worthy for Boston Legal
Mark Valley as Brad Chase in Boston Legal

For your consideration: Best Supporting Actor, Drama -Mark Valley as Brad Chase in Boston Legal

Hired Guns [airdate: December 19, 2004]

The role of any actor is to draw you in without chewing the scenery.  Masterful in its rhythm and pace, this was evident in Valley's fluid, almost 4 minute cross-examination of the police detective. He reeled you in and you hung in there with him in full attention.

It was obvious that the detective formed his own conclusion on what transpired the night Susan May's husband and lover were found shot to death. With great precision, skill and at times, with pit-bull demeanor, Valley's Brad Chase was able to illuminate that fact to the jurors in his line of questioning. Challenging the detective, at times even subtlety mocking him, he successfully tore down the assumptions, allowing the jurors to consider that his client could not have possibly committed the double-murders.

For the most part in Boston Legal, Valley's Brad Chase has not been given enough to do, but when given the chance, both the character and actor show what they are capable of.

[written by Carol M.]

Boston Legal: Hired Guns
Season 1, Episode 10
Airdate: December 19, 2004

Watch clips of Mark Valley's performance as Brad Chase in this episode (23:12) Mark's cross examination of the detective begins at minute 4.
Watch 5th segment clip (6:24)
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The video of the fifth segment is not only a great performance by all involved but a compelling - and award-winning - example of editing. It intersperses Brad's closing argument with the resolution of the storyline where Alan Shore is held hostage. Phil Neel edited Hired Guns, It Girls and Beyond [ep 13] and Death Be Not Proud [ep 17]. Phil won the ACE [American Cinema Editors] Eddie Award for BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION on February 20, 2005.

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Images from It Girls and Beyond
Click to view sequences:
Brad and Lori discuss lesbians
Brad and Tracy, the lesbian

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