Raising the Bar

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Teen Choice 2009
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Surf's up! Actually, those coveted Teen Choice surfboards are up for grabs again tonight at the 11th annual awards gala, and the biggest buzz this year is for movies: Twilight leads the nominations pack with 12 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year weighs in with 10. Miley Cyrus and the series Gossip Girl also have 10 apiece, while this year's hosts, the Jonas Brothers, have nine. Incidentally, Cyrus and the Jonases perform, and the "Ultimate Choice Award" goes to...Britney Spears.

Read on for previews of Lords of the Revolution, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, Raising the Bar and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. read more

Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "Trout Fishing"

This week Jerry tries to get a continuance in a trial to help give a woman the chance to help her son complete his college applications before she has to go into prison. Farnsworth won't grant the continuance, and that creates a battle of wills between him and Kessler. Meanwhile, Balco uses Michelle to seek a continuance on a trial in which Richard's client is accused of strangling his own wife to death in her sleep. After Ventimiglia grants Michelle 48 hours, Balco hands the case over to her...or so she thinks.

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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "Trust Me"

Bobbi defends a confidential informant who demands a separate trial from his co-defendant, who could have him killed if word gets out about his cooperation with the police. Meanwhile, one of Richard's clients is hit with a damages claim for more money than she can afford. Richard uses his family name as bargaining power and continues to serve the greater good out of his own pocket.
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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "Fine and Dandy"

After being acquitted on a weapons charge, Jerry's client is re-arrested on a parole violation. Richard argues with Judge Kessler over a decision to jail his client for 30 days over a $75 fine, saying it is essentially punishment for being poor. Meanwhile, Bobbi has difficulty adjusting after the recent tragedy of Gavin's suicide, and Jerry's attempts to help are met with strong resistance.

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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "I'll Be Down to Get You in a Taxi, Honey"

This week, Jerry takes on a pro bono case, defending a man arrested for running over his lawyer with a car. Jerry must rely on jury sympathy to get an acquittal. Elsewhere, in a rush to settle cases without bringing them to trial, Richard pleads out a man caught breaking into a medical lab, but he fails to find out the full story. Meanwhile, Bobbi's final divorce papers are ready, but "signed, sealed, delivered" isn't as sweet as it ought to be.

The episode begins with Jerry rushing through the courthouse after his briefcase strap broke, leaving him with piles of papers to hold. He arrives late to Judge Kessler's courtroom to discover a Mr. Ryan, who is being charged for assault and attempted murder. Kessler grills the man for showing up to his third arraignment ... read more

Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "Is There a Doctor in the House"

This week, Jerry defends a woman picked up for drug possession with a substance she insists is only laundry detergent. The case involves Michelle's new police officer boyfriend whose efforts to give Jerry the runaround lands the woman in the hospital. Bobbi steps in to defend a client who is certain that "his side" of the story will prove he's innocent of theft charges. Oh, and Charlie has dinner with Judge Farnsworth (juicy!).

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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "No Child's Left Behind"

This week, TNT's Raising the Bar presents its first realistic and captivating case of its second season.

When a father is arrested after an innocent photo he posted of his son in the bathtub finds its way onto a child pornography site, Jerry must fight to prove to the jury that this man had no intent of exploiting his own child. The episode is timely on how it presents the pitfalls of sharing family photos online — and right after the opening credits, this powerful episode takes off and hits the ground running!

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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "The Curious Case of Kellerman's Button"

This week, Jerry faces further conflict with Judge Farnsworth after the new judge punishes Jerry's client for Jerry's own tardiness. However, Jerry becomes determined to have the last word by making Farnsworth the victim of his own by-the-book procedures. Meanwhile, Roz and Richard team up to defend a young African-American man accused of committing a hate crime against a gay man, which causes some hype in the community.

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Raising the Bar: Episode Recap: "Rules Of Engagement"

This week, Jerry and Michelle go before a new judge who is seemingly a public defender's worst nightmare. During the case, Michelle goes gaga over a sexy detective, who lies in order to cover up falsely identifying the accused drug dealer being tried. Meanwhile, Richard defends a set of elderly twins accused of forging a signature on their dead roommate's welfare check, and Marcus closes in on a date with the  borough president's chief of staff — who just so happens to be a juror on a case Marcus lost last week.

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VIDEO: Raising the Bar's Mark-Paul Talks of Haircuts and Other Big Changes

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Yes, Mark-Paul Gosselaar's shaggy 'do drew a lot of attention during Raising the Bar's first season. But that was entirely by design.

"It defined a characteristic of [public defender] Jerry," the actor explains in this TVGuide.com video Q&A, "that he's not going to conform to a system."

Now that Jerry has that introductory season behind him, the locks got lopped off in the TNT drama's Season 2 opener.

"We had to evolve Jerry," Gosselaar explains. He then admits, "It was a distraction [during Season 1]. The hair was walking in ... read more

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Premiered: September 01, 2008, on TNT
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Premise: Legal battles and relationship quandaries among young lawyers are charted in this courtroom drama created and executive produced by Steven Bochco ('NYPD Blue,' 'L.A. Law').

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