Great legal dramas tend to bring out the inner lawyer in all of us; Fox’s “Rake” is no different. “Rake” a bold new legal drama based on the Australian Film Institute Award nominee for Best Television Drama series of the same name, follows the comedic and chaotic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear).
On any given day Keegan Deane can be described as many things. Deemed as “unreliable” by his ex wife, “an obstruction” by his fellow lawyers, “an outrage” by judges, a “defendant” by the IRS, a “pain in the ass” by his bookie, and a “tragic loss” by his former dealer, there are not many people who are fond of Keegan Deane. Brilliant and charming, Keegan is one of life’s great addicts. He has a lack of discretion and no filter, which in turn lands him cases that no one else is willing to take. But what lies behind what seems to be a mess of a man is a resolute optimism and belief in a justice system that fuels his determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption. Keegan always tries to do the right thing, but he struggles with saving himself from his many vices. The majority of the cases Keegan receives are through his friend Ben Leon (John Ortiz) his best friend since law school. Ben is married to Scarlet (Necar Zadegan) an Assistant District Attorney for the city of Los Angeles, and often Keegan’s opponent in court.
The series follows Keegan’s cases as well as his personal trials and tribulations, like his mounting debt with his bookie and his liaisons with various women. No matter how much trouble Keegan gets himself into, Leanne Zander (Tara Summers) his no nonsense assistant is always there to clean up his mess. The story of a man with a messy life, who has the uncanny ability to help those who would never have been given a chance otherwise, and hopefully the story of a man putting the pieces of his life back together.
“Rake” premieres Friday March 14th at 8pm on Fox.