ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its third season on 7/16/14; has yet to be renewed for a fourth season
DESCRIPTION: (from DirecTV's press release, April 2011) DIRECTV, the world's most popular video service, has picked up the critically-acclaimed drama series Rake from international distributor DCD Rights. The eight part legal series made by Essential Media & Entertainment for ABC Australia, boasts a stellar cast including Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, Mission Impossible II) in the award-winning lead role of barrister Cleaver Greene (FIPA d'Or 2011 for Best Actor). Guest stars throughout the course of the first season include Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings, Matrix Trilogy), Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Muriel's Wedding, Brothers and Sisters), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, The Tudors) and Noah Taylor (Shine, Vanilla Sky, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory). Rake focuses on the chaotic world of a criminal defense barrister, Cleaver Greene. Brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive, Cleaver is one of life's great addicts. Whether it's women, gambling or drugs, he can resist everything except temptation. His other addiction is the law - defending those who seem to be beyond redemption - society's hopeless: our drug dealers, our murderers, our cannibals. From bigamists to cannibals and everything in between, the clients that Cleaver loves the most are the cases that appear to be utterly hopeless. If only Cleaver would realize the stark reality that he, himself, is perhaps the most desperate case of all.