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TNT axes 'Raising the Bar'


TNT cancels legal drama Raising the Bar

Steven Bochco now has a little less to be thankful for.

Yesterday, TNT announced the cancellation of its Mark-Paul Gosselaar headlined legal drama Raising the Bar.  The post-Thanksgiving axing was due to the show's low second season ratings.  The show premiered last year with great numbers, pulling in, with the help of The Closer lead-in, 7.4 million viewers.  However, its numbers quickly declined over the first and second seasons.

"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," the network declared. "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."

The network is still sitting on a decision as to the fate of its other cliff-hanging cop-drama, Dark Blue.  However, if you're a TNT fan, fear not.  TNT's new adult-comedy, Men of a Certain Age, will premiere next Monday, December 7th.  The much-buzzed-about comedy-drama, starring the ever-charming Ray Romano, sci-fi legend Scott Bakula and the always brilliant Andre Braugher, follows around three friends of a certain age as they deal with the drama, uncertainty and inevitable comedy of midlife.  In a recent The Wall Street Journal interview, Romano believes that the show will appeal to " just men and women who are not in their teens and 20s".  And why would women be interested in a show about three middle-aged men? "...We actually did a little bit of testing and the women actually responded to it more than the men, I think.  Scott Bakula's going to take his shirt off, so that might help.  Me and Andre take our shirts off, too, so we win some, we lose some."

You can also catch new episodes of TNT's popular heist-drama, Leverage, starting January 13th. 

For more info: Check out the official Men of a Certain Age site here.