9 items from 2014
ABC's Agatha has found the title character's father. Sleepy Hollow's Clancy Brown will co-star opposite Rake's Bojana Novakovic as Agatha's estranged father in the one-hour drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Agatha is a character-driven procedural centered on Agatha (Novakovic), a former convict-turned-big-city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. The chief detective she's been hired to help is her father, Detective Hank McAuliffe (Brown) -- and they haven't spoken in 15 years. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Described as rugged, handsome and
- Philiana Ng
Rake co-star Bojana Novakovic is finalizing a deal for the title role in ABC’s drama pilot Agatha, from ABC Studios and Mark Gordon Co. It centers on former convict-turned-big-city criminologist Agatha (Novakovic), who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. The casting is in second position to Fox’s midseason series Rake, which has done poorly on Thursdays and is being moved to Fridays starting next week en route to likely cancellation. Rake marked the first Us series for Yugoslavian-born Australian actress Novakovic, repped by CAA. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Rake's Bojana Novakovic is making some insurance plans. The actress, who plays Greg Kinnear's love interest on Fox's freshman drama, has been tapped to star as the title character in ABC's Agatha, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The role is in second position to Rake, meaning should Fox renew the show for a sophomore run, ABC would need to recast the role. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Agatha is a character-driven procedural centering on Agatha, a former convict-turned-big-city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. The
- Lesley Goldberg
Greg Kinnear has found critical and box office success in movies but that's no guarantee that his Rake TV series will be a ratings hit for Fox. Will it be renewed for a second season or will it be cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.
Rake follows a lawyer (Greg Kinnear) who tries to do good but just can't seem to get beyond his numerous addictions that cause him so much trouble. The cast also includes John Ortiz, Necar Zadegan, Bojana Novakovic, David Harbour, Tara Summers, Miranda Otto, and Ian Colletti.
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Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 23, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
A legal drama, based on an Australian series of the same name, this show follows the comedic and chaotic life of a criminal defense lawyer. Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear) is often described as many things but none of them are very flattering.
Brilliant and frustratingly charming, 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 will touch. Behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond »
Television largely gave Greg Kinnear his start, and as he returns to it, he's doing something different -- yet something he's been doing a long time.
Staking his claim to fame as a talk show host on NBC's "Later," then on E! Entertainment Television's satirical "Talk Soup" set Kinnear up for an acting career that began in earnest with the 1995 movie remake of "Sabrina." He's kept at that ever since, from his Oscar-nominated turn in "As Good as It Gets" and his Emmy bid for playing JFK in the miniseries "The Kennedys" to his current role as Ron Burgundy's rival in love in the comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
Kinnear remains an actor in tackling TV on a steady basis again. Premiering Thursday, Jan. 23, the Fox drama "Rake" adapts an Australian show by casting him as Los Angeles defense attorney Keegan Deane. When he's not standing up for clients, »
With a pilot directed by Sam Raimi, the new Fox series Rake is a bold new legal drama, based on the Australian series of the same name. The story follows the comedic and chaotic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear), whose lack of discretion, self-destructive tendencies and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else will touch. The show also stars Miranda Otto, John Ortiz, Tara Summers, Ian Colletti, Bojana Novakovic and Necar Zadegan. During this recent interview to promote the show’s debut, actor Greg Kinnear talked about how he was able to relate to this character, his approach to playing such an edgy role, how his view of the court system has changed, how similar this version will be to the original Australian series, and how Sam Raimi came to be directing episodes of the show. Check out what he had to say after the jump. »
- Christina Radish
The new Fox comedy, Rake, is the next entry in the category of television shows remade from overseas efforts, and while it doesn’t come with all the same hurdles as most similar efforts, it has a tricky road ahead of it. The normal course would be to talk about the differences in comedic styles inherent in moving something across the pond, a problem Fox will soon face when it tries to “Americanize” the beloved, and wonderful, Gavin & Stacey with the upcoming Us & Them. This time, the show is from Australia, originally starred Richard Roxburgh, and aimed for a dark and tragic brand of comedy that was almost completely unique.
Roxburgh was not only brilliant, but brilliantly cast, relaying enough charm and delivering the proper form of wit to keep the character engaging and likable, no matter what he did. A modern version of a frequent side character in Elizabethan »
- Marc Eastman
Although TV has no shortage of roguish ne’er-do-wells, they are seldom as entertaining — at least initially — as the protagonist in “Rake,” a lawyer/womanizer/compulsive gambler whose life is a runaway train wreck occasionally interrupted by high-profile, slightly bizarre cases. Alas, the quirky legal shenanigans that give the series, presumably, its procedural foundation are also the least interesting aspect of the show, which features Greg Kinnear’s comic abilities with a tone that perhaps most closely resembles CBS’ “The Good Wife.” Those qualities also make the program’s prospects difficult to read, which of course wouldn’t stop our fumbling hero from betting on it.
The show is adapted from an Australian series, with Kinnear’s Keegan Deane shuffling from one crisis to the next, taking on cases mostly to service his vices. As presented in the Sam Raimi-directed premiere (which replaces, but closely resembles, the pilot), those »
- Brian Lowry
9 items from 2014
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