Gloria Reuben: The Raising the Bar Interview
KW: Hi, Gloria, I'm honored to be speaking you. What interested you in Raising the Bar?
GR: Three things. First and foremost, [7-time
Emmy-winning writer] Stephen Bochko. Secondly, the book that the
show was based on, called Indefensible, written by David Feige,
who's one of the writers on the show. He had been a public
defender in the Bronx. And thirdly, that the story is structured
in such a way as to show three different aspects of the judicial
system: the viewpoints of the public defenders, of the district
attorneys, and of the judges. I like how, more often than not,
these three groups have different perspectives and go after
things pertaining to the same human being from different angles.
And I also appreciate how it sheds light on the inner workings
of the criminal justice system and the corruption that sometimes
goes on behind closed doors.
KW: When you have an ensemble cast and an open plotline with
plenty of possibilities, do you find yourself lobbying for more
screen time or certain developments?
GR: The last book I read was called On Writing by
Raising the Bar - Series Premiere on TNT