"Rake." Greg Kinnear stars as scapegrace defense attorney Keegan Deane … and that's pretty much all you need to know. Who doesn't love Greg Kinnear? In just about anything?
This role, based on an Australian show of the same name, seems particularly well-suited to his talents. "Key" is a man of perpetual optimism and very little self control. He never met a dollar, or drink, he didn't think he could double, counting on his fast-talk and winning smile to get him out of all sorts of trouble. Which they have, and haven't.
Though perhaps a trifle tamer than his Aussie counterpart, Key is still on the frayed edges of professional society. Divorced, living on a friend's sofa, dodging creditors and at least one loan shark and bouncing between "borrowed" offices, he still believes he is one big case, or crap game, away from the big time. And even if it's mostly, and often dangerous, self-deception, his nonjudgmental and strangely sunny outlook pays off. In the court room, he takes on the cases no one else will touch, and in his life, well, many people are angry at Key, but few, including his ex (
Although this is very clearly a star vehicle, Kinnear is surrounded by a strong cast including Otto,
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"Black Sails." Michael Bay's big-ticket prequel to "Treasure Island" gets off to a somewhat rocky start. Like "Deadwood," it attempts to balance historical grit with modern psychology (and certainly profanity) while capturing the high-seas romance that made "Treasure Island" the template for virtually every adventure tale that followed. (Wasn't Long John Silver the first sympathetic anti-hero?) Whether or not "Black Sails" finds its sea-legs and becomes the break-out hit Starz so desperately needs remains to be seen. But it's already been renewed for a second season, so it might be worth getting on board early. Starz, Saturday, 10 p.m.
"The Legend of Lizzie Borden." Why on earth hasn't