With the resurgence of some seriously solid writing and directing happening in television the last few years and Hollywood seemingly hung up on on mega-million tentpole blockbusters (for the time being, at least), the lines between what's possible in television and film are getting blurrier. Because of this, more and more Hollywood actors and actresses are abandoning ship for the steadier work and higher-quality writing of television.
Actor is the latest to announce he's making the jump to a series, as he will be playing the lead in the upcoming Fox dramedy Rake, based on the Australian series of the same name. Rake focuses on the life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear), which is chaotic and often comedic. As "rake" is a slang term for a morally loose womanizer, we can only imagine the voluptuous form that the chaos will likely take.
But Kinnear isn't the only veteran of Hollywood to be involved in the project: Producer/director has signed on to helm the pilot episode. Raimi isn't a complete stranger to television (he currently produces Spartacus for Starz), but this will be his first time in the director's chair for a television series.
Raimi most recently enjoyed success with hit Oz The Great and Powerful, currently in theaters. Kinnear, meanwhile, is currently in talks to star in the film adaptation of Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent's Christian-centric best-seller Heaven is for Real.