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'Rake': The Battle of Making the Anti-Hero Triumph on Network TV

The anti-hero has dominated cable television for almost a decade now, and is one of the main reasons it has begun to lure away ratings from the networks. It allows for provocative and visceral television with almost a cinematic flare with protagonists that are complicated and deep. It has given us some of the most memorable and unapologetic characters in television history with the likes of Tony Soprano, Detective Vic Mackey, Jax Teller, Nancy Botwin, Don Draper, and Walter White. Network television has tried to find their own heroes with a dark side, and they've delivered characters like Gregory House and Jack Bauer. It has always felt like they've remained on the surface level of the dark side and never fully been willing to plunge into the murky depths. In the case of a show like 24 that made sense, because in the end, we still wanted Jack to be our action hero. It has stopped network television from ever truly providing a compelling, morally ambiguous tale like The Shield or Breaking Bad . FOX almost appeared ready to finally tackle the challenge with the comedic drama Rake that introduced the world to Keegan Deane. //www.buddytv.com/articles/rake/rake-the-battle-of-making-the-52601.aspx

Rake (FOX) Episode 4 “Cannibal”

Rake  episode 4 “Cannibal” airs Thursday, February 13 at 9pm on Fox. Episode Synopsis:  Rake Episode 4 “Cannibal”- Reeling from the death of his father, Ben asks Keegan to take over the case of Graham Murray (guest star Denis O’Hare), the mayor’s top economic advisor who is accused of murdering and eating the remains of a young accountant. Although Ben thinks this will never go to trial, Keegan is determined to prove Murray’s innocence, after he finds out interesting details surrounding the alleged victim’s death. Meanwhile, Keegan has legal troubles of his own and Mikki makes a decision about her career in the all-new “Cannibal” episode of RAKE airing Thursday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2014/02/13/rake-fox-episode-4-cannibal/