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Spader, Mitra join The Practice

As expected, James Spader and Rhona Mitra will join the cast of ABC's The
this fall, ABC confirmed Wednesday.

Spader -- known for his roles in feature films Secretary, Sex, Lies
and Videotape
and Crash -- will play lawyer Alan Shore, while Mitra
will play a paralegal and third-year law student.

Mitra has been seen in such movies as Sweet Home Alabama and The
Life of David Gale

The Practice, which has been on ABC since March 1997, is produced by
David E. Kelly Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.