'Rake': Greg Kinnear's Take on Self-Destructive Last Resort Lawyer
'Rake': Greg Kinnear's Take on Self-Destructive Last Resort Lawyer
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Rake is a new legal drama coming to FOX on January 23 starring Greg Kinnear as a self-destructive, public defender Keegan Deane. He ends up with legal cases that no one else will take and the only ones he can get. He's not a particularly likable guy, but he's a decent lawyer for his clients.

At the FOX Television Critics Association Press Day, the Rake cast and producers sat down to discuss the new series.

Rake is a re-imaging of an Australian series of the same name. While the term "Rake" isn't commonly used in the United States, Peter Duncan, the show's creator was adamant about keeping the name to reflect on Keegan Deane.

"It was very important to me that the title for me actually reflects thinking that underpins the show, that there's a sort of duality about it. It's not just the guy who is the voluptuary who's wine, women, and song. It's also the garden implement that is cleaning up the gutters of our world, and I always liked that."

Keegan is a mess. He has gambling debts and trouble with the IRS to name a couple problems. And, not even his portrayer Kinnear would hire as a lawyer. Though, he was quick to defend Keegan's legal mind.

Kinnear explained, "Well, yeah, I don't know that I'd necessarily want him to represent me. But I don't mean that as an indictment on the guy because ... one of the things that's -- without it being kitschy and without him being a lawyer with a heart of gold --  there's a lot of episodes where he learns nothing and he makes sizable mistakes as we go forward and recognizes those. But I think, at the end of the day, that he is, for the most part, brilliant at that aspect of his life, in spite of all the other sort of, you know, self-destructive mechanisms in his life."  

Keegan goes through the motions of his days, but doesn't have a greater understanding of his problems. Kinnear contended, "I don't think he has a great self-awareness of that.  It comes in fits and starts. ... there are moments where he has a little bit of reflection about where he's at on the map, but certainly out of the gate, very little."

He continued, "Self-assessment is a difficult thing, and for a guy who has had probably as many missed opportunities as Keegan has had you would think that maybe there would be moments of that, but they come kind of later in the series, in the season, but out of the gate, no.  Not a lot."

Rake premieres on Thursday, January 23 at 9 pm ET on FOX.

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