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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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mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
Judge Harm FOREVER!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
at least he's taking roles that are more dramatic - but i remember him in another show - and i don't know if he really made me want to watch that. and to think how utterly in love i was with him when i was younger. i thin kthat the post-'college years' long hair thing scared me off
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
oh Zach Morris. I never watched that other show he was on. Wasn't he a cop or something in it, too?
NYYPrincess NYYPrincess 8 years
Nice to see him in a grown up role. Hope this makes the fall line-up
omfg7891 omfg7891 8 years
i love saved by the bell...such a good 90's show how old is zach..(or mark whatever lol)
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Aw, he's aged very well. Oh so cute. I'm not usually into the lawyer/criminal type shows but if he's on, I might check it out.
indielove indielove 8 years
ew. so not hot anymore.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
Zack Morris...be still my beating heart
lyrical_angel lyrical_angel 8 years
Zack attack!Sorry. My inner geek just escaped.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Wow...he's super hot!
sillyfilly sillyfilly 8 years
Mmm, mmm, mmm!!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
he is still fine!!!
lovekailua lovekailua 8 years
swoon! I'm 13 again :) i'll watch this, if it isn't on when I'm in my law school class!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 8 years
well hello mr. zack morris. we've missed you gorgeous ♥
higgydt4 higgydt4 8 years
....and he still looks oh so gorgeous.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
He really is extremely attractive.
pebby01 pebby01 8 years
how funny - i was just wondering what he was up to when i was watching saved by the bell this morning!
xoswiss xoswiss 8 years
Oh how our little Zacky pants has grown.
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