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'Practice' Perfect for Stone

Sharon Stone (search) never went to law school -- but she wants to join The Practice.

The blonde film star has met with TV producer David E. Kelley (search) about a possible guest-starring role on the hit legal drama next season, network sources confirmed yesterday.

The story was first broken in USA Today.

So why would Stone, the star of movies like Basic Instinct and Casino, wants to guest-star on a TV show?

Well, many times a spot on the The Practice turns into Emmy gold. Since the show debuted in 1997, eight guest stars have been nominated for Emmy Awards -- with six winning the coveted statuette.

An official for David E. Kelley Productions and Stone's spokeswoman declined to comment on the talks.

Stone's potential gig follows the news that film actor James Spader (search) has been hired to join the Boston-based legal drama as a regular cast member.

In the last few months, The Practice has been rocked with major changes including the firing of over half its regular stars -- including Dylan McDermott (search) and Lara Flynn Boyle (search).

The tumult started when ABC yanked the show from its Sunday-night perch to make room for a revival of Dragnet.

But Dragnet turned out to be a lackluster ratings-grabber -- while ratings for The Practice plummeted to the show's lowest ever when it moved to Mondays.

Last month, series creator Kelley gutted the cast to save money, since ABC was reportedly slashing its per-episode fee for the show from $6 million to $3 million as part of its agreement to keep the show on the air.

ABC has since returned the drama to its old Sunday night timeslot.