'Rake' Series Premiere Recap: Anti-Hero Comes to Network TV

The anti-hero has typically been the domain of cable television series. Sure, on network TV there have been shows like House, but for the most part, the major networks need to create series to appeal to a broad audience. 
This typically means the absence of nuanced storytelling that is demanded for a series where the protagonist is complicated and has an obvious dark side. Typical network fare wants to have the issues all wrapped up by the end of the hour, which is why procedurals are popular, but also want to have cases that are easy to sort out the heroes and villains. FOX is trying to tread into cable television territory with its latest series Rake about a vain, gamble addicted, possibly alcoholic, broke lawyer named Keegan Deane.  Read More...



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