Jane Kaczmarek

A few weeks ago, I took part in a conference call with JANE KACZMAREK to talk about her character, Judge Trudy Kessler, on TNT’s new show, RAISING THE BAR, which airs on Mondays at 10pm.

Jane Kaczmarek was a real pleasure to talk to. Here are the highlights of what he had to say:

– Jane Kaczmarek admitted that she has a tough time learning her lines. Turns out it’s harder than learning her lines for Malcolm in the Middle.

– When she finished Malcolm in the Middle she was so exhausted, that she was looking for a show that allowed her to have a small schedule. She also wanted more time to spend with her three young children. TNT have really helped accommodate her needs. They shoot all of her scenes for an episode in 2 days.

– Even though most people think of Jane Kaczmarek as a comedic actress because of Malcolm in the Middle, she started out in dramatic roles, playing a lot of lawyers.

Raising the Bar will air 10 episodes this season.

– Judge Kessler’s relationship with Charlie is very intense and there will be some resolution to that.

– When playing Judge Kessler, Jane Kaczmarek explained that you have to believe as a character that what you are doing is justified. In Raising the Bar, Judge Kessler actually follows the letter of the law.

– Judge Kessler is probably a lot like Jerry Kellerman, because as Jane Kaczmarek puts it, the people that annoy you the most are the people who are like you. When she was younger, it’s very likely that Judge Kessler was as idealistic as Jerry.

– David Feige and Jane Kaczmarek were in same play 30 years ago, and that’s a total coincidence.


If you are a fan of Jane Kaczmarek, you’ll get a kick out of seeing her in Raising the Bar.

Raising the Bar airs on Mondays at 10pm on TNT.