Articles for Raising the Bar Season 2

With Raising the Bar‘s return tonight, there‘s one thing that a lot of critics are talking about - Mark-Paul Gosselaar‘s new haircut.  The Saved by the Bell and much later NYPD Blue star is chopping the locks to appease a condescending potential juror on the sophomore season premiere (yes, it‘s within the plot).  Asked about the change, Gosselaar tells E! Online that it may represent a change in Jerry Kellerman, the character he plays on the TNT legal series."He‘s going through the voir dire process [of screening jury members].  A potential juror doesn‘t think he can trust Jerry because of his appearance.  So Jerry takes that element right off by cutting his hair.  It‘s showing that he‘s being a bit more tactful and maturing.  I think last season he would have just blown that guy out of the water. He would have stepped right on his soapbox and told him, ‘How dare you call me a dirty hippie?!‘" Read more »
Last night, Mark-Paul Gosselaar appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as a familiar face to many children of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Zach Morris from Saved By The Bell. Morris was there to update Jimmy and America on what he‘s been up to since graduating high school, while Gosselaar was there to promote his work on his new TNT drama Raising the Bar, which premiered last night.The bit was a hit with audiences and day-after Internet viewers, and included lots of nostalgic Zach-isms: the time-freeze "Time out," lots of talk about Mr. Belding and The Max, and even a Zack Attack song, backed by The Roots. Zack also informed us that he and Kelly Kapowski were married, but "Things got pretty rough after we split up. Kelly moved to a different zip code."If you haven‘t seen it yet, here‘s the video of Zach Morris himself: Read more »
Walk backwards, further, further, until you get back to what happened to the latest season of CSI: Miami.  You know, when we unearthed Tara‘s drug addiction issue, and how she almost broke up Horatio and Kyle by lying about her intake--well, until Ryan found out, let her slip the first time, and eventually gave her up to the police.  It‘s icky, stealing drugs kept as evidence in a murder case.But what‘s telling was what happened afterwards--after she was arrested, we heard nothing.  Too quiet, in fact, to the point that during the season finale, Megalyn Echikunwoke‘s name disappeared from the opening credits entirely.  And then we asked, is she really gone from the show?  Or was it just a one-off? Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of Raising the Bar - "Rules of Engagement" - Jerry and Michelle appear before a new judge (John Michael Higgins) whose courtroom rules aren‘t exactly conventional. In fact, they‘re so draconian they make Judge Kessler‘s rules seem quaint by comparison.  During the case, Michelle becomes smitten with a handsome cop who may be perjuring himself in order to cover up fro a bad arrest. Elsewhere, Richard defends a pair of elderly twins who are accused of forging the signature of their dead roommates for his welfare check.  The accused, however, don‘t seem to understand the gravity of the situation.  Finally, Marcus scores a date with the borough president‘s chief of staff, who also happened to be the head juror on a case Marcus lost the week before. Read more »
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who is perhaps best known for his role as the charming Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell, has separated from his wife Lisa Ann Russell after nearly 14 years of marriage, according to People. The couple has two children, 6-year-old Michael Charles, and 4-year-old Ava Lorenn. Read more »
As expected, we‘re getting a little dash of romance on a crime series led by two ladies. Mark-Paul Gosselaar is set to appear in an episode of the upcoming TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, according to, who last appeared in another TNT series, Raising the Bar -- but is perhaps best known for his turn in the ‘90s sitcom Saved by the Bell -- will appear in the series‘ sixth episode, as Garrett Fairfield, the girlfriend of Sasha Alexander‘s character, medical examiner Maura Isles.  Read more »