RAKE Greenlit As Fox Drama Series

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
Rake is a TV program I've written about a few times here on Twitch, both in my best of 2012 list and in following the progress of Sony Pictures Television picking up the original Australian series and developing it as a pilot for Fox starring Greg Kinnear. 

In news that isn't too surprising as the project was classed as a 'put pilot' from the beginning, Fox has asked for a full series of Rake for 2014.

Rake focuses on the life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear), which is chaotic and often comedic. As rake means "a fashionable or wealthy man of dissolute or promiscuous habits" that gives you some idea of the type of character he is. I must say that in searching for an image online for this story, I discovered that almost every photo of Kinnear is very clean cut. Rake will most certainly change that.

Rake is one of four series Fox has ordered for their 2014 slate of programming, including a sci-fi series from Bad Robot starring Dredd himself Karl Urban. Here's the full list courtesy of THR.

Almost Human (previously Human, the untitled Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman project)
Logline: The action-packed police drama is set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely connection is forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases in a brave new world.
Cast: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy (Common Law), Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, Minka Kelly, Mekia Cox (guest)
Team: W/EP J.H. Wyman (Fringe); EP J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk; co-EP Kathy Lingg, Reid Shane; co-EP/D Brad Anderson
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Bonanza Productions

Gang Related
Logline: A rising star in L.A.'s elite Gang Task Force (Ramon Rodriguez) is teamed with longtime member Cassius Green (RZA) to take on three of the city's most dangerous gangs -- including one he has ties to.
Cast: Ramon Rodriguez (Charlie's Angels), RZA, Jay Hernandez, Sung Kang (Fast and Furious), Inbar Lavi, Cliff Curtis, Shantel VanSanten, Tom Berenger Terry O'Quinn
Team: W/EP Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious); EP Scott Rosenbaum, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo; EP/D Allen Hughes
Studio: 20th Television, Imagine Entertainment, Chris Morgan Productions, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions

Rake
Logline: Greg Kinnear makes his broadcast TV series debut as a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer named Keegan Joye in a drama based on the Australian series of the same name.
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Miranda Otto, John Ortiz, Necar Zadegan, Bojana Novakovic, Tara Summers, David Harbour (guest star), Ian Colletti
Team: W/EP Peter Duncan (creator of the Australian version), Peter Tolan (Rescue Me); EP Michael Wimer (2012), Richard Roxburgh, Ian Collie; co-EP Greg Kinnear; D/EP Sam Raimi
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment, Essential Media & Entertainment

Sleepy Hollow
Logline: A modern-day retelling of Washington Irving's classic. The supernatural thriller centers on Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who is resurrected and pulled two and a half centries through time to find the world on the brink of destruction. With Crane as humanity's last hope, he's teamed with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel the mystery. 
Cast: Tom Mison (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Nicole Beharie (Shame), Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Cho (guest star)
Team: W/EP: Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci (Fringe); W/Supervising producer: Phil Iscove; EP: Heather Kadin; D/EP Len Wiseman
Studio: 20th Television, K/O Paper Products
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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Rake is a TV program I've written about a few times here on Twitch, both in my best of 2012 list and in following the progress of Sony Pictures Television picking up the original Australian series and developing it as a pilot for Fox starring Greg Kinnear."

    I wouldn´t be too surprised if SVT bought this though.......sounds like something that swedish viewers might go for.

    Thanks for the info, Mr de Bruyn.

  • renamoretti1

    What a sad bunch! Two more future flops from J.J. Abrams and Co., a remake of a foreign show FOX execs will have sucked the life out of and an uninspiring gang cop show with a musician who can't act in the lead...

    FOX better brace for impact when the Nielsens will come a-knocking.

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