Raising The Bar

Friday, January 30 10 p.m.

Roz (Gloria Reuben) is offered employment at a high-ranked firm headed by Richard’s overly moneyed father. Meanwhile, Jerry (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) works for a penniless mother, while Richard (Teddy Sears) and Bobbi (Natalia Cigliuti) join forces on a murder case. And Judge Kessler (Jane Kaczmarek) continues to have political aspirations.

Friday, January 23 10 p.m.

Jerry defends (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) a mentally ill client, and tensions heighten when Judge Kessler (Jane Kaczmarek) pushes him to find an in-patient program. Elsewhere, there’s full-court pressure when Richard (Teddy Sears) works for a woman involved in a dustup over a welfare check.

Friday, January 16 10 p.m.

Jerry’s (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) efforts to defend a murder suspect are thwarted when a key eyewitness is stuck in Guatemala, possibly holed up there by corrupt inside forces. Meanwhile, Michelle (Melissa Sagemiller) takes part in her first murder trial and Richard (Teddy Sears) works on a racially explosive assault case.

Friday, January 9, 10 p.m.

From the 10-time Emmy® Award-winning producer Steven Bochco (L.A. LAW, NYPD BLUE), the legal drama battles and relationship quandaries among young lawyers are charted in this courtroom drama. In the pilot episode, idealistic public defender Jerry Kellerman (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, NYPD BLUE) fights for a man he’s sure is innocent, but holding court is a judge who loathes him. Meanwhile, DA staffer Michelle Ernhardt (Melissa Sagemiller, SLEEPER CELL) takes on a rape case

CTV calls the TV court to order with the compelling new legal drama series RAISING THE BAR, Fridays at 10 p.m. ET premiering Friday, January 9 following the return of all-new episodes of the hit series FLASHPOINT at 9 p.m. ET (check CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The one-hour drama, created by 10-time Emmy® Award-winning producer Steven Bochco (L.A. LAW, NYPD BLUE) and professor/writer David Feige, follows a group of young lawyers who work on opposite sides of the law – the public defender’s office and the district attorney’s office. Starring a strong, Canadian cast including Currie Graham (WOULD BE KINGS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), Gloria Reuben (ER) and Jonathan Scarfe (ER), the series looks beyond the courtroom battles to the relationships between former law school classmates who have become professional adversaries. RAISING THE BAR was one of TNT’s top-rated series when it premiered on the American cable network this past September. Attracting 7.7 million viewers in the U.S., the first episode of the series was ad-supported cable’s #1 new series launch of all time.*

In RAISING THE BAR, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD BLUE) stars as Jerry Kellerman, an idealistic public defender who will stop at nothing to help those who cannot help themselves. Working with Kellerman are his passionate and protective boss, Rosalind Whitman (Gloria Reuben, ER), fellow public defender Richard Patrick Woolsley (Teddy Sears, UGLY BETTY, MAD MEN) and newcomer Roberta “Bobbi” Gilardi (Natalia Cigliuti, ALL MY CHILDREN). On the opposite side of the court are Michelle Ernhardt (Melissa Sagemiller, SLEEPER CELL), assistant district attorney Nick Balco (Currie Graham, WOULD BE KINGS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) and Marcus McGrath (J. August Richards, CONVICTION). The courtroom arena in which they face off belongs to imperious Judge Trudy Kessler (Jane Kaczmarek, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE). Working for her is law clerk Charlie Sagansky (Jonathan Scarfe, INTO THE WEST), a man with a wealth of secrets.

In the first episode (Friday, January 9 at 10 p.m. ET), public defender Jerry Kellerman (Gosselaar) defends a man he is certain is innocent, but struggles to navigate the system while remaining humble in front of a judge who despises him. Meanwhile, in the district attorney’s office, Michelle (Sagemiller) tries to right a wrong in a rape trial but runs up against her boss, who doesn’t want the DA’s office to be embarrassed by winning a wrongful conviction.

RAISING THE BAR is produced by ABC Studios in association with Bochco Media. Steven Bochco (L.A. LAW, NYPD BLUE) is creator and executive producer; professor and author David Feige (Indefensable) is creator, writer and supervising producer; Dayna Kalins Bochco (NYPD BLUE) is producer; and Jesse Bochco (NYPD BLUE, PRISON BREAK) is director and co-executive producer.