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TNT cancels “Raising the Bar” which starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar and had complicated gay character

This is a pity.

TNT has canceled its legal drama Raising the Bar after just two seasons. I liked the show – even more so after star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played passionate public defender Jerry Kellerman, cut his long shaggy hair after season one.

The show had an outstanding cast besides Gosselaar that included Gloria Reuben, Jane Kaczmarek and Jonathan Scarfe (pictured below with Gosselaar and Kaczmarek) who played the interesting gay character of Charlie Sagansky.

Charlie was law clerk and former boyfriend to Kaczmarek’s character of Judge Trudy Kessler.  He ended their relationship (and almost his entire career) when he came out of the closet. After working so long to keep his sexual orientation under wraps, he was facing a brand-new life as an openly gay man in season two. With his coming out not resulting in the disaster he expected, he saw new possibilities, including a potential judgeship of his own.

Now we won’t be able to see Charlie develop further which is too bad.

The network has released the following statement: “Everyone at TNT had a great experience working on ‘Raising the Bar’ with Steven Bochco and the rest of the show’s terrific cast and crew. We’re proud of the series and appreciate the efforts of all of the creative people who were involved. Unfortunately, ratings for ‘Raising the Bar’’s second season did not reach the levels required for TNT to renew the series.

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3 Remarks

  1. I had no idea this show was on. Poor advertising.

  2. This was a great show, sad to see it canceled. I especially loved Jane Kaczmarek’s character as Judge Trudy Kessler.

  3. May 5th, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    Pat Trotter says:

    Raising the Bar by far was the best show, characters were so interesting and believable. I do not believe the rating were low. Who are these rating people anyway.

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