'Hope' High at CBS

With creator David E. Kelley promising to write both this season’s finale and next season’s premiere, CBS is now planning to renew “Chicago Hope” for another year, although several cast members, including Christine Lahti, will be leaving. The medical drama’s fate has been up in the air for months because of steep rating declines this season. But Kelley is promising to get involved again next year, despite his duties with “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice” and his new ABC show, “Snoops.” He will return to “Hope” as an executive producer and will supervise the writing of all episodes next

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