Articles for Raising the Bar Season 1

For exclusive on-set videos and hot features on the new TV season, check out BuddyTV‘s Fall 2008 Preview.The vampire drama Angel featured its fare share of hunky dudes, from the noble hero (David Boreanaz) to the conniving villain (Christian Kane). Thrown into the mix at the end of season 1 was J. August Richards as Charles Gunn, a street smart tough guy who wanted nothing more than to dust some vamps. The side of Richards we‘ll see in the new TNT drama Raising the Bar is more akin to Gunn from the final season, when he got book smart and became a lawName Read more »
As part of TNT‘s marketing effort to promote its new drama Raising the Bar, the network has decided to spring for tolls in four major metropolitan areas to remind drivers to watch the show, which is scheduled to premiere on Labor Day at 10pm ET/PT.In case you haven‘t heard, Raising the Bar is the latest brainchild of NYPD Blue producer Steven Bochco and David Feige.  The series is about a group of law school classmates who later find themselves on opposite sides of the criminal law system. Leading the hour-long legal drama is none other than Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who is perhaps best known for his roles as Zack Morris on NBC‘s Saved by the Bell.  Apart from Saved by the Bell, he is also credited as detective John Clark on NYPD Blue.  On the new series, he‘ll be playing a New York City public defender. Read more »
Does television really need another show about lawyers? Probably not, but when it‘s created by TV legend Steven Bochco, the behind such classics as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, I might be willing to make an exception. However, Bochco‘s newest series, Raising the Bar, is a by-the-book courtroom drama starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar that premieres on TNT tonight at 10pm following a new episode of The Closer.If you‘ve seen The Practice, you‘re familiar with the premise: passionate defense attorneys fight for their clients while diligent prosecutors try to put them away. Much like The Practice, Raising the Bar takes a look at both sides of the courtroom by focusing on a group of law school friends who do battle in trial and get together for drinks afterwards. Read more »
Raising the Bar, TNT‘s legal drama that premiered commercial-free on Monday at 10pm, unexpectedly attracted 7.7 million total viewers, making it the most-watched series premiere ever on ad-supported cable.  According to Nielsen, the show beat the previous record set by USA Network‘s The 4400 with 7.4 million and the 2005 debut of TNT‘s The Closer with 7 million. Moreover, the premiere of Raising the Bar also scored 2,837,000 in adults 18-49 and 3,471,000 in adults 25-54, ranking as ad-supported cable‘s top new series launch for the year-to-date. Read more »
Raising the Bar proves that lawyers make compelling TV.  And despite unfavorable reviews, Steven Bochco‘s new legal drama is arguably off to a good start with its groundbreaking premiere that set the bar high for TNT. But will the rest of the episodes live up to the show‘s hype? Read on for a preview of tonight‘s episode. Read more »

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