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TNT Lines Up Mark-Paul Gosselaar for Legal Drama Raising the Bar

TNT Lines Up Mark-Paul Gosselaar for Legal Drama


With The Closer and Saving Grace, TNT already has two cop dramas in its stable of series. Now, it's adding some lawyers.

The network has picked up Steven Bochco's Raising the Bar, the newest drama from the producer of NYPD Blue, LA Law, and numerous other legal series. The show will focus on "the lives and cases of young lawyers who have been friends since law school, but who now work on opposing sides" and is set to premiere later this year.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who will always be Zack Morris to me, stars as an idealistic public defender, and Gloria Reuben of ER plays his passionate, protective boss. On the other side is a lawyer in the district attorney's office played by Melissa Sagemiller who will stop at nothing to bring people to justice. Those two, and other lawyers from their offices, face off in the courtroom of a slightly crazy judge played by Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek. I'm not sure I'll be able to get her Simpsons character out of my head when she's on screen.

I generally like TNT's original series, and Bochco certainly has the pedigree to pull this off. Plus, the news of any scripted television whatsoever sends my heart all aflutter these days. And it can't go wrong when Zach Morris is involved, right?

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