Shaky second week for US Rake

01 February, 2014 by Don Groves

The second episode of the US series Rake drew 5.3 million viewers on the Fox network on Thursday night, a drop of 24% from the premiere.

The legal drama, which stars Greg Kinnear, Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Ottto and John Ortiz, finished second behind CBS’s The Crazy Ones (8.3 million) and Two and a Half Men (8.6 million) and ahead of NBC’s Saturday Night Live clips show (4.7 million).

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The Hollywood Reporter described the fall-off in viewers as disappointing, Variety said “Rake looks rocky,” and Deadline.com declared, “There is no way of sugarcoating this — Fox’s Rake is in big trouble.“ Deadline noted the show’s average is the same as Fox’s 2012 drama Mob Doctor, which was cancelled.

Rake had a strong lead-in from American Idol, which had 11.2 million viewers.

Entitled A Close Shave, the episode directed by Scott Winant followed Kinnear’s character Keegan Deane as he defended a group of reformed Amish men who are accused of a hate crime against an Amish elder.

“The episode struggled sorting out if Keegan Deane is supposed to be a cynical louse, if the show wants to be a procedural or quirky drama, and finding enough time for the supporting cast,” said TV critic Christopher Spicer.

“The series would almost be better suited to drop the need for a "case of the week," and give more time with the stories and interactions Keegan has with the other recurring characters.

“There are still many positives that earn this show a few more chances, such as having some brilliant moments of black comedy and Greg Kinnear is absolutely endearing and engaging as the main character.”

Peter Duncan, who co-created the Australian Rake, created the US series which is produced by Essential Media & Entertainment and Fedora Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The show will screen in Australia on the Universal Channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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