Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear is coming to the small screen as a talented lawyer whose personal life is as disheveled as his bed-head hair in Fox's midseason series Rake. Kinnear plays Keegan Deane, who is basically a mess, but luckily his skills in the courtroom are in tip-top shape. If the legal drama sounds a little been-there-done-that, then keep reading to find out why I think the show is worth watching.
- What it's about: Keegan makes a career out of defending the indefensible. In his first case of the series, the lawyer is defending a man accused of murder and cannibalism. When he's not helping out flesh-eaters, Keegan gets free therapy from his ex-wife (Miranda Otto) and seeks comfort in the company of a beautiful prostitute-turned-law-student (Bojana Novakovic).
- Where it works: This entertaining show is cleverly written, and Kinnear brings so much charm to the rundown lawyer that you can't help root for him — then feel supericky that you're rooting for him to exonerate a cannibal.
- Where it doesn't: His pursuit of the sweet call girl borders on stalking, and personally, I find it creepier than his court case.
- You might like this show if: You love Californication.
- When it's on: Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox (midseason)
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