Oscar-nominee, gifted comedic actor and overall handsome guy Greg Kinnear is set to return to his roots.
Years after getting his start on E Network's "Talk Soup" (predecessor to the current "The Soup" with Joel McHale), news is circulating that the actor has agreed to star in a new legal comedy/drama based on the Australian series "Rake."
The series revolves around criminal defense lawyer Cleaver Greene, played by Kinnear, a brilliant but ultimately self-destructive personality unable to not speak his mind regardless of the controversy that may result. Cleaver represents the most dire and hopeless cases, from bigamists to cannibals, unable to realize that his own personality is equally hopeless. The Australian series, starring Richard Roxburgh, is currently in its second season and a big hit down under.
Networks have been courting Kinnear for some time while the actor has concentrated on a successful features career, gaining an Oscar nomination for his role in "As Good As It Gets" and more recently the Sarah Jessica Parker abomination "I Don't Know How She Does It." Kinnear has dabbled in television lately, appearing for a guest-spot on ABC's "Modern Family" and "The Kennedys" mini-series.
With "Rake," Kinnear is set to partner with "House" producer Paul Attanasio who will pen the script with Aussie series co-creator Peter Duncan. Reportedly, the project has no network commitment and will be shopped to both premium cable and broadcast network channels, perhaps in the hopes of sparking a bidding war for the series.
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