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TNT Pulls Raising the Bar, CBS Yanks Three Rivers

sg_raisingthebarTNT has canceled the Steven Bochco legal drama Raising the Bar in a move that is less than shocking considering the poor ratings since the start of its second season.

In a statement, the cable channel said: “Everyone at TNT had a great experience working on Raising the Bar with Steven Bochco and the rest of the show’s terrific cast and crew. We’re proud of the series and appreciate the efforts of all of the creative people who were involved. Unfortunately, ratings for Raising the Bars’ second season did not reach the levels required for TNT to renew the series.”

12 of season two’s 15 episodes have aired so far with the last being on August 24th. The show’s cancellation leaves fans wondering when the final three episodes will be aired or added directly to a still unannounced DVD set. Unconfirmed sources do claim the remaining episodes may air in March 2010. A quick look at TNT’s website shows no mention of the drama.

Raising the Bar stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved By the Bell) as lawyer Jerry Kellerman who finds himself squaring off against old law school classmates in court. The show also stars Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle, The Simpsons) as Judge Trudy Kessler.

The viewership for Raising the Bar had fallen by almost half (7.7 million viewers down to 3.6 million viewers) since its first season.

Gosselaar  will be starring in the Off-Broadway hit The Understudy opposite Tony-winner Julie White and Weeds Justin Kirk. He portrays an action-film star who, during the course of the play, receives some terrible news about his professional career.

Meanwhile, CBS has already pulled Three Rivers, its high budget Sunday night ensemble drama about a transplant team starring Alex O’Loughlin, Katherine Moennig and Alfre Woodard. Production will end after the network’s original 13-episode run is completed. The show will be replaced by reruns of Criminal Minds, NCIS: Los Angeles and Miami Trauma, which is expected to enter in midseason.

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