Picks and Pans Review: Raising the Bar

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

TNT, Sept. 1, 10 p.m. ET

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To play an unconventional public defender named Jerry Kellerman, Mark-Paul Gosselaar has let his hair grow out as if in emulation of the Geico caveman. Raising the Bar, cocreated and executive produced by Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue, L.A. Law), is an adequate but not very interesting show: Like Gosselaar's hair, it could use some styling. Bar is about a batch of young New York City lawyers—working as rival teams for both the public defender and the district attorney—who are also buddies. This could create a nice flow of relationships back and forth, but it mostly plays out without nuance. Even after three episodes, everyone still seems to have just met at an American Bar Association convention. You wonder why they don't wear name tags.

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