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THURSDAY, JANUARY 23
**SERIES PREMIERE**--"RAKE"-- (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
GREG KINNEAR MAKES BROADCAST TELEVISION SERIES DEBUT
IN THE PREMIERE OF "RAKE"
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, ON FOX
Series Premiere Directed By Sam Raimi ("Spider-Man" franchise);
Executive Producers Include Creator Peter Duncan ("Rake"), Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me"), Michael Wimer ("2012")
Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear makes his broadcast television series debut as KEEGAN DEANE, a brilliant criminal defense attorney whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one. In the series premiere, as payment for a late night poker win, Keegan agrees to enter a guilty plea for confessed serial killer JACK TARRANT (guest star Peter Stormare), expecting to garner a quick burst of publicity for himself off of the case. When Tarrant accuses Los Angeles Chief of Police BERNIE MICHAELS (guest star Bill Smitrovich) of writing all of his confessional testimonies for him, it is up to Keegan to figure out which party is telling the truth, pitting Keegan against the Mayor of Los Angeles, a situation with serious repercussions, personally and professionally. Meanwhile, Keegan receives payment from a client in the form of a Pacific Bluefin tuna worth 15 thousand dollars. All he has to do is get the fish to a local sushi restaurant and have them pay him so he can then pay his bookie a portion of his gambling debt in the "Serial Killer" Series Premiere episode of RAKE airing Thursday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (RAK-102) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)
Cast: Greg Kinnear as Keegan Deane; Mirando Otto as Maddy Deane; John Ortiz as Ben Leon; Necar Zadegan as Scarlet Leon; Bojana Novakovic as Melissa "Mikki" Partridge; Tara Summers as Leanne Zander; David Harbour as David Potter; Ian Colletti as Finn Deane.
Guest Cast: Peter Stormare as Jack Tarrant; Omar J. Dorsey as Roy; Anthony Emjay as Adam Leon; Lauren Sanchez as News Anchor; Michael Yavnieli as Officer; Lorna Raver as Judge; Bill Smitrovich as Chief Bernie Michaels; Damon Gupton as Marcus Barzmann; Greta Van Susteren as herself; Eddie Diaz as Luke Torres; David Pevsner as Wayne; Nicholas Bechtel as Max Leon; Jenna Ortega as Zoe Leon
SEASON(S): 1 (13 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
ADDITIONAL NOTES: confirmed as canceled on 5/7/14
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release, May 2013) "...Sometimes, finding justice in this world is like looking for a needle in an infinite field of haystacks. So we must have the law as a good fallback position." - Keegan Deane RAKE, a character-driven drama based on the Australian nominee for Best Television Drama series of the same name, follows the comedic and chaotic life of criminal defense lawyer KEEGAN DEANE (Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear, "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Kennedys"). On a single day, Keegan Deane is described as many things. His ex-wife-calls him "unreliable"; his son calls him a "pal"; most judges think he's "an outrage"; the IRS calls him a "defendant"; and to his former dealer, he's simply a "tragic loss." 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 will touch, but behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption. He always tries to do the right thing, but at the same time struggles to save himself from the many self-destructive elements that plague his own life, such as his overindulgence of various excesses, including women and gambling. Keegan gets a majority of his cases from BEN (John Ortiz, "Silver Linings Playbook," "Luck"), his best friend since law school. Ben is married to SCARLET (Necar Zadegan, "Emily Owens, M.D.," "The Event"), another of Keegan's old friends and, as Assistant District Attorney for the city of Los Angeles, quite often his opponent in court. In addition to Keegan's cases within the justice system, the series follows his personal trials and tribulations, including his mounting debt to his bookie and his overlapping liaisons with various women, including MELISSA "MIKKI" PARTRIDGE (Bojana Novakovic, "Edge of Darkness," "Drag Me To Hell"), Keegan's favorite prostitute and de-facto love interest. Also among his predicaments is his ongoing battle with the IRS. But always there to help Keegan clean up his mess is LEANNE ZANDER (Tara Summers, "Ringer," "Damages"), his extremely put-upon, no-nonsense assistant. Meanwhile, Keegan's ex-wife, MADDY (Miranda Otto, "The Starter Wife," "War of the Worlds"), a psychologist by profession, begrudgingly acts as his therapist. She also is the mother of their hormonal son, FINN (Ian Colletti, "Phoebe In Wonderland"), who displays many of the same proclivities as his father. Each morning, Keegan tends to wake up bruised - physically, emotionally, spiritually. Usually it's a combination of them all. Then it's out into the world - onto the battleground of Keegan's day. RAKE is produced by Fedora Entertainment and Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd., in association with Sony Pictures Television. The series is created and written by Peter Duncan (creator of the original Australian series). The series is executive-produced by Duncan, Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me," "Analyze This"), Michael Wimer ("2012"), Richard Roxburgh ("Rake," "Mission: Impossible II," "Moulin Rouge") and Ian Collie ("Rake"). Kinnear and Leslie Tolan ("Rescue Me," "The Job") are co-executive producers. Sam Raimi ("Oz the Great and Powerful," "Spider-Man" franchise) directed and served as an executive producer on the pilot.