Order in the court: DP Billy Dickson does justice to a new studio for Ally McBeal

The great debate over whether the hit Fox series Ally McBeal is drama or comedy only accelerated after the hour-long show received 10 Emmy nominations in comedic categories. The confusion over the generic status of the professional and personal adventures of a stylish young attorney in a Boston law firm cuts right to the heart of writer-producer David E. Kelley's unique concept. As Ally McBeal enters its second season, the discussion encompasses every aspect of the show.

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