TNT lowers the boom on 'Raising the Bar'

markpaulgosselaar_raisingthebar_290.jpgTNT won't be "Raising the Bar" anymore.

The cable channel has canceled the show after two seasons. After a huge premiere in September 2008 (7.7 million viewers), the Steven Bochco-produced legal drama quickly dropped to less than half that number. The show's second season debuted to 3.6 million people in June but was unable to sustain the audience.

"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," the network says in a statement. "We're proud of the series and appreciate the efforts of all of the creative people who were involved. Unfortunately, ratings for 'Raising the Bar's' second season did not reach the levels required for TNT to renew the series."

The show, which stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Melissa Sagemiller, J. August Richards and Jane Kaczmarek, still has three episodes remaining on its second-season order. A TNT rep tells Zap2it that the network does plan to air the last three episodes but hasn't set an airdate.

The network still has "The Closer," "Hawthorne" and "Leverage" in its stable of original series and will debut a new show, "Men of a Certain Age," on Dec. 7. It also has several projects in development, including an alien-invasion pilot starring Noah Wyle and produced by Steven Spielberg and "Rizzoli," a detective drama starring Angie Harmon.

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