Fox Orders Pilot for New Drama "Rake"

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January 22nd, 2013

via press release:







Character-Driven Drama Executive-Produced By

Peter Duncan, Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer


Kicking off its drama pilot orders, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has given a pilot order to RAKE, a character-driven comedic drama by Peter Duncan (creator of the original Australian series) and executive-produced by Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me,” “Analyze This”) and Michael Wimer (“2012”). Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Kennedys”) has been cast in the lead role of KEEGAN JOYE, a brilliant, but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer. Kinnear also will co-executive-produce.

Based on the Australian AACTA nominee for Best Television Drama Series, RAKE follows the chaotic and comedic life of criminal defense lawyer KEEGAN JOYE (Kinnear). Brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter, Keegan is one of life's great addicts. His staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else wants, but behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption. In addition to Keegan’s cases within the justice system, the show follows his personal trials and tribulations, including his ongoing battle against the IRS, his mounting debt to his bookie, overlapping affairs and liaisons with women, a hormonal son, an exhausted ex-wife and the evolving relationship between his two married best friends, Ben and Scarlett.


Greg Kinnear received an Academy Award nomination for his work in the 1997 film “As Good as It Gets.” His recent role on “Modern Family” earned him a 2012 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. For his performance as John F. Kennedy in the cable miniseries “The Kennedys,” he was nominated for 2011 Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. In 1995, Kinnear and the producers of cable’s “Talk Soup” won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program.


In 2006, Kinnear starred in the Academy Award-nominated film “Little Miss Sunshine.” Other film credits include “Thin Ice,” “Green Zone,” “Flash of Genius,” “Ghost Town,” “Baby Mama,” “Feast of Love,” Invincible,” “Fast Food Nation,” “Bad News Bears,” “Stuck On You,” “Auto Focus,” “The Gift,” “Nurse Betty” and “You’ve Got Mail.” He will next be seen in Josh Boone’s “Writers,” co-starring Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell and Lily Collins. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. He also has completed production on Craig Zisk’s “The English Teacher,” co-starring Julianne Moore, Lily Collins and Nathan Lane. RAKE is Kinnear’s first network drama pilot.


RAKE is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment and Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd. The pilot is created and written by Peter Duncan. The pilot is executive-produced by Duncan, Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer, Richard Roxburgh (“Rake,” “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”) and Ian Collie (“Rake”).


  • DeeAgeaux

    America needs another legal drama like I need another hole in my head.

  • Dave

    If this isn’t an assured pickup I don’t know what is.

  • The End


    Cheer up. Those kinds of thoughts aren’t healthy, no one should be wishing for a hole in their head lol

    Alright joking aside. I think judging by the premise this show will have moderate success on Fox.

  • steve burton

    Greg Kinnear is a fine actor. The premise of the show sounds passable, maybe even has possibilities, but one thing I have noticed over the past so many years is the ever-present sexual content in most dramatic programs.

    Though I am no prude, I find that mostly the sexual content is simply a reason to offer up shots of writhing flesh. Maybe it’s the influence of pornography. Could be producers think they have display some quota of nudity to get and keep viewers. Many times I can’t watch TV with other family members because I am just old enough to have a level of shame in viewing such material in front of the folks.

    What’s more, most of the nudity adds nothing to the plot at all. Showing two people in bed apres-lovemaking would suffice to advance the plot. Now it seems almost obligatory to see the bare buttocks of male performers mimicking the movements of intercourse on many programs, especially stuff on basic cable, like AMC and FX, and definitely in pay cable offerings on HBO, Showtime,etc.

    Wouldn’t mind giving Kinnear’s new show a try, but definitely would prefer more law and plot. And with no scenes of his humping derriere in simulated coital union.

  • Shepherd

    I’ll probably check it out, not because it sounds particularly original or entertaining, I just end up checking out most of the new dramas on tv. Not sure how I feel about another dramadie though.

    I’m not sure why you got on the topic, but I kinda agree with you. I think they figure if sex sells, more sex will sell more. I mostly tolerate it, but more and more I find most of what they show does nothing to advance the plot. Its a cop out. Show an extended 4 min sex scene per episode and the writers can get by doing only 90% of their job.

  • networkman

    This does not sound like the type of show that will pull in the all important demo that the network desires. It sounds like he is trying to play a character similar to House but his occupation differs. And we definately don’t need anymore law shows.

  • Dan S

    After the demise of Harry’s Law we definitely need another legal drama. Seriously, Greg Kinnear sounds perfect for this role & I will definitely check out Rake assuming it does get picked up to series.

  • senor chang

    boo at another law show, but the premise has me interested. I’ll probably check out the pilot if this ever makes it to series.

  • Jeff

    Sounds like a flopper to me.

  • City Kitty

    Rake already airs on DirecTv.

  • Pundit

    Of all the Talk Soup people, Greg Kinnear was the funniest and yet he was the only one who was not a comedian. His performance in AS GOOD AS IT GETS showed he can hang with Jack Nicholson and if you can do that, my friend, you can do anything in Hollywood. I hope this show makes him piles of money

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