Mark-PAUL GOSSELAAR stars in TNT's "Raising the Bar," the new Steven Bochco legal drama that debuts Monday. He previously worked for Bochco on "NYPD Blue." In the intervening years, he was on the adorable yet canceled "Commander in Chief" and "John From Cincinnati." He was also the star of "Saved by the Bell."
When did you very first meet Steven Bochco?
2001, for his project about -- I believe it was a public defender. Kim Delaney played a public defender, a show called "Philly." I went in to meet Steven for that role, and I didn't get it, but I got something better: "NYPD Blue." And he had absolutely no idea what my past was, that I was a child star. He was looking to replace Rick Schroder, who was a child star, and he replaced him with another child star and I was like, what are you doing?
There's sort of a mythology about him.
Maybe it's the white hair. I love having discussions with him, completely off-base, just about life in general, when we're not working.
But you don't go off-road racing together?
There was a period there where I had to ride a motorcycle when I was doing "NYPD Blue," and I had to take the 405 to Century City, that was the only freeway I could take, any other would take me in the opposite direction. Every day I was on the 405 south or 405 north. Steven saw me one day -- he doesn't come by the set that much, he stays away and allows us to do our work -- and he saw me at a stoplight. I pull up next to this Mercedes and I looked at him and he looked at me and I thought, "Holy . . . that's my boss." . . . . Next day I get a call: Steven wants to see me in the office. . . . He started off by saying, "I was once like you! I used to ride motorcycles and do all that stuff." But he was like, "I don't want you doing that . . . . I need you alive, so we can finish these episodes."