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Monday, August 11, 2008

Saved by "the Bar"?

TV hit-maker Steven Bochco (producer of "Hillstreet Blues," "LA Law" and "NYPD Blue," to name but a few) may be putting another show in his "win" pile this fall. In his grand cop-show/lawyer-show/cop-show tradition, his newest series is a (gasp!) lawyer show called "Raising the Bar."

The series premiers Sept. 1 on TNT, and stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar — "Saved by the Bell's" Zach Morris, to those who know him from his early years — as Jerry Kellerman, a moral-high-ground-holding, strategically unkempt public defender whose clients are always getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop (the short arm of the law? Justice puns are hard).

"Raising the Bar" marks the fourth time Morris Gosselaar and Bochco have worked together, and the show promises to be a runaway hit. Really. The press release pretty much promises it. I guess TNT, the network that claims to "know drama," would know — their series "The Closer" is the most successful scripted series in the history of ad-supported cable, and "Saving Grace" isn't too far off.


"Raising the Bar" also stars "ER's" Gloria Reuben and "Malcolm in the Middle's" Jane Kaczmarek as the hard-ass judge, with a bunch of other good-looking people filling the public defender and district attorney's offices. We'll find out on labor day which way the ratings scale will fall.

(Photos courtesy Turner Network Television)

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