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It's getting harder and harder for William Shatner to steal the show on Boston Legal. They keep adding kooky new characters. Jerry, the Asperger's syndrome afflicted lawyer, just joined Crane, Poole and Schmidt and actor Christian Clemenson is now a regular cast member.
Christian Clemenson on Boston Legal
"I started this season as a regular and I've been in every episode so far and will be for the rest of the season," he said. "It's a lot of work. When you do every other episode, it's great because you get like a week off, two weeks off, you can relax and sort of decompress. There's no time off here. I am either working or I'm memorizing lines for the next scene. It is just constant."
With a featured storyline every week, the sheer volume of memorization has grown exponentially. "Last week I did my first closing and it was four pages of just me talking. That was as much work as I've ever had to do on a television series."
Having just completed episode three, Clemenson has already explored new relationships for Jerry. "What's great about Jerry this season is that he is trying to establish more connections with human beings, particularly female human beings. It's touching and it's kind of heartbreaking but at least he's putting himself out there and he's attempting to make connections. It's a really hopeful, wonderful thing. Although it is sort of sad, it still is hopeful."
Aside from the ladies, Jerry also has to get along with the other partners and associates. "It is one of the odd things. I always worked with Alan and now so far this season I only have a few scenes with Alan. I have to work with other lawyers in the firm. Particularly so far I've worked with an actress named Tara Summers who plays a new lawyer at the firm. There's a wonderful, very touching relationship between Jerry and Katie, her character that's developing."
As Jerry rises in the ranks of Crane, Poole and Schmidt, he has no illusions of ever making it up to the rooftop with Alan and Denny. "Oh, no, no, no, no, no. Denny would never buy that. No, Denny is much too jealous of that relationship. He wouldn't let that happen."