Iconic legal dramedy Ally McBeal premiered 25 years ago this week on September 8, 1997. 20 years after we stopped following the action at the Cage and Fish law firm in Boston, TV bosses are reported to be working on a comeback with a sequel series.
The show was a huge hit during its run – from 1997 to 2002 – and had some big names in the cast.
Two decades on, Deadline reports that ABC has a sequel series in early development. The publication says the new series will follow a young Black woman who joins the firm straight out of law school.
The woman, it’s believed, is the daughter of Renee Raddick, who was played by Lisa Nicole Carson in the original run.
But all these years later, let’s take a look at what the original cast has been up to since…
Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal)
The ending of Ally McBeal certainly didn’t slow Calista down, and she’s since racked up a number of acting credits.
Modern audiences may recognize her most as media mogul Cat Grant in DC series Supergirl or as Ellen Kelly-O’Rourke in Full Circle.
Since the show, she’s also appeared in movies The Last Shot and Fragile, TV series Brothers & Sisters and Web Therapy.
She also has a role in the upcoming second season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series Feud.
The first series focused on the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, while the second – set to land in 2023 – will be about author Truman Capote and a clique of Manhatten socialities.
According to IMDb, Calista will play Lee Radziwill, an American socialite.
In her personal life, Calista is married to Idiana Jones star Harrison Ford and they have an adopted son together named Liam Flockhart Ford.
The couple met at the Golden Globe Awards in 2002 and got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2009. They married the following year.
Greg Germann (Richard Fish)
Just like Calista, Greg hasn’t stopped since his days portraying Richard Fish.
He starred as Hades in TV series Once Upon A Time, appeared in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and How to Get Away with Murder, among many others.
People will also recognize him from movies Get Hard, Quitters, and Foster Boy.
Most recently, he’s starred in Grey’s Anatomy, Firefly Lane and has a sci-fi thriller called 57 Seconds in post-production.
Greg married Martha Champlin in 2013. She is reported to be a school principal.
Lucy Liu (Ling Woo)
Lucy is one of the biggest stars to have appeared in the legal drama, although it was far from her first role.
Her first acting credit came in 1991 in Beverly Hills, 90210.
She appeared in the first Charlie’s Angels movie – alongside Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore – while she was still starring in Ally McBeal.
Since the show, she’s shown up in the Kill Bill movies, provided voices for Mulan II, Kung Fu Panda and The Simpsons, starred in Dirty Sexy Money and Elementary, and countless other roles.
Her IMDb page shows she has six projects currently in the works too.
Away from work, Lucy is a proud single parent after welcoming son Rockwell in 2015 via gestational surrogate.
Portia de Rossi (Nelle Porter)
Portia, who has been married to Ellen DeGeneres since 2008, has had a very busy TV and film career since the show ended.
She’s starred in shows Nip/Tuck, Better Off Ted and Scandal, as well as movies including Dead & Breakfast and Cursed.
According to IMDb, Portia hasn’t appeared on screen since 2019 when she starred in Arrested Development as Lindsay Bluth Fünke.
Portia was previously married to documentary maker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999 but said after it ended that “it just obviously wasn’t right for me”.
She later revealed during an interview on Good Morning America in 2010 that she had feared being exposed as a lesbian when she first began her acting career.
Portia publicly opened up about her sexuality in 2005 and three years later she and Ellen got engaged. They married that same year.
The actress released an autobiography in 2010, entitled Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain. Within its pages, she discussed the tough times she’s faced in her life, including her battle with eating disorders.
Jane Krakowski (Elaine Vassal)
Jane has had a prolific acting career since her time as Elaine, although she was already a seasoned actress when the show began. She landed her first role all the way back in 1983 in a TV short for ABC Weekend Specials.
Before the show, she’d also appeared in movies Fatal Attraction and National Lampoon’s Vacation, among many other titles.
Since Ally McBeal ended, she’s appeared in multiple projects almost every year, most recently in TV series ZIWE.
Among her credits are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Modern Family, and 30 Rock.
Jane shares son Bennett, born in 2011, with her ex, menswear designer Robert Godley.
Peter MacNicol (John Cage)
Since his time as John came to an end, Peter has appeared in the likes of 24, Numb3rs, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Video game fans might also recognize his voice as Jervis Tetch / Mad Hatter in Batman: Arkham City.
Younger people and those with kids may also know him from Tangled: The Series, in which he provided the voice of Nigel.
Most recently, he’s been seen in All Rise and Our Almost Completely True Story and has a movie called Home Delivery in post-production.
Of course, he was already a pretty big name before Ally McBeal thanks to his roles in Dracula: Dead and Loving It and Ghostbusters II.
He’s been married to his wife Martha Cumming since 1986.
Lisa Nicole Carson (Renee Raddick)
Lisa racked up a lot more acting credits before her time in Ally McBeal than she has since.
After the show ended, it was 10 years before we saw her again in TV series Harry’s Law.
And she hasn’t acted since 2017 when she appeared in mini series The New Edition Story.
Lisa has spoken openly about her struggles with bipolar disorder and said in a 2015 interview with magazine Essence that she’d taken a 10-year hiatus from her career to receive treatment.