TNT greenlights drama ‘Franklin and Bash’

Gosselaar, Meyer starrer gets 10 episode order

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of buddy laywer series “Franklin & Bash,” starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer.

“Franklin” is a “funny legal procedural,” according to TBS, TNT and TCM exec VP and programming topper Michael Wright, with Gosselaar and Meyer playing odd-couple attorneys (Gosselaar the more rebellious one) at a button-down firm.

Series, which has not been given a premiere date, was originally intended for sister network TBS.

“We screened the pilot, and we loved it,” Wright said. “It worked on so many levels, but the core of its success is that the protagonists are quirky, likeable characters, and the storytelling is expertly crafted and built on a solid procedural structure — the same paradigm that applies to a number of TNT series.

“So while the show is funny and could’ve worked in that regard on TBS — it’s not broad or farcical, (and) the storytelling is still rooted in authentic human behavior — there is nothing about it that is contradictory to the TNT brand. And when we discussed and realized how nicely it could complement our current lineup of series on TNT, it was an obvious choice.”

Other “Franklin” cast members include Malcolm McDowell, Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani, Reed Diamond and Gosselaar’s former “NYPD Blue” castmate Garcelle Beauvais.

Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls and Bill Chais are exec producing the show; the latter two wrote the pilot. Production companies are Four Sycamore, Left Coast and FanFare in association with Sony Pictures TV.

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