'Rescue Me' showrunner tapped for upcoming Greg Kinnear drama

Greg Kinnear's upcoming legal drama has raked in a new showrunner.

Greg Kinnear

Deadline reports that the upcoming Fox pilot "Rake" has signed on former "Rescue Me" head Peter Tolan to steer the ship on the anticipated project. Tolan takes over from original showrunner Paul Attanasio ("House," "Homicide: Life on the Street"), who was forced to abandon the project due to other commitments.

"Rake" is based on an Australian series of the same name, and features a similarly flawed lead character that Tolan directed on his FX series. Additionally, the new Kinnear project is said to have a similar sensibility as it blends dark comedy with its dramatic storylines. Kinnear will portray the acerbic Cleaver Greene, a brilliant but innately self-destructive criminal defense lawyer who has little candor when it comes to speaking his mind. Greene represents the worst of the worst, from bigamists to cannibals, and even in such company has a case for being the most hopeless of them all.

The pilot was a big get for Fox, as it was being shopped around to numerous cable and broadcast networks with Kinnear's name a big selling point. Tolan himself has other projects on the slate in addition to the legal drama, including a cop drama from "House" creator David Shore and JIm Gaffigan's new comedy at CBS.

- Peter Tolan
- Greg Kinnear
- Rake (US)
- Rescue Me

Written by: kyleiam
Nov 14th, 2012, 3:44 pm

Images courtesy of FOX

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