January 22, 2013 6:09pm PT by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
Fox Orders Greg Kinnear Pilot From EPs Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer
Fox continues its ordering spree with a pilot order for drama Rake.
The hour-long effort will star Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear as a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer. The character-driven comedic drama hails from Peter Duncan (creator of the original Australian series) and is executive produced by Rescue Me's Peter Tolan and 2012's Michael Wimer.
The project, which is based on the Australian series by the same, follows the chaotic and comedic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear). Brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter, Joye is one of life's great addicts. His staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else wants, but behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption.
In addition to Joye's cases within the justice system, the show follows his personal trials and tribulations, including his ongoing battle against the IRS, his mounting debt to his bookie, overlapping affairs and liaisons with women, a hormonal son, an exhausted ex-wife and the evolving relationship between his two married best friends, Ben and Scarlett.
Rake is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment and Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd. In addition to Duncan, Tolan and Wimer, Richard Roxburgh and Ian Collie are on board as EPs. Kinnear will serve as a co-EP as well.
Kinnear, whose credits include The Kennedys, Little Miss Sunshine and an arc on Modern Family, is repped by CAA and Stone Meyer.