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 before Jerry was."
Also in this on-camera sit-down:
• Gosselaar previews other changes ahead for Raising the Bar (Mondays at 10 pm/ET) — including a new — yet familiar — judge.
• Gosselaar surveys the simmering something between Jerry and Bobbi (played by Natalia Cigliuti), saying it's reached "a nice boil." But have these two missed their chance at romance?
• If Jerry doesn't get to woo Bobbi, might he reconnect with Melissa Sagemiller's Michelle? Gosselaar shares his take on that possible encore.