Oh, no! TNT has cancelled “Franklin & Bash,” the legal comedy starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer. Oh, the humanity!
To be honest, we never really watched “Franklin & Bash,” but we do have a connection of sorts to the show.
Way, way back in May of 2011, we here at Abnormal Use interviewed the two leads in the show. Well, that’s probably overstating it.
Let’s try again: Way, way back in May of 2011, we here at Abnormal Use participated in two press conference calls, each with a lead of the show.
We were able to ask one question of Gosselaar:
Abnormal Use: Hey, Mark-Paul.
Gosselaar: Hey, there.
AU: Our readership is made up primarily of lawyers, and I know that you’ve played lawyers in the past, but I wondered what, if anything, you did to prepare for this role.
Gosselaar: I got a tan. That’s basically it. You know, I mean, I – you know, I’d had my legal fill when I did “Raising The Bar.” Thankfully, you know, I was able to go with David Feige, who was the creator of that show, and my character was loosely based on him. You know, I went with him and was an intern at the Bronx Defenders for about a week and sort of got my legal, you know, insight during that week, and for the last two seasons. So no, there wasn’t much that I had to question.
But if I did have a question, one of our producers and writers, one of our head writers, Bill Chais, was a defense attorney and a lot of the stories that we deal with on the show are from his background. So, if we ever have questions we have people that we can go to, and that’s always important. And well, I think we’re pretty true to – I mean obviously it’s television, you take some liberties, but I think we’re pretty true to staying true to the sort of legal, call it, the legal frame.
We were also able to ask a question of two of Meyer:
Abnormal Use: Hi, Breckin.
Meyer: Hey, how’s it going?
AU: Good. Our readership is made up primarily of lawyers…
AU: . . . I wonder if I were a client of Franklin and Bash, why would I want your character, Jared, to represent me?
Meyer: Well, the good thing is with Franklin and Bash, you get both Franklin and Bash. . . . Jared’s a kid who grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. His father was a — still is a high powered litigator, and he rebelled against that by not wanting to be a lawyer, but eventually had to accept that it was his calling, but if he’s going to do it he’s going to do it on his own terms. And I think you’d definitely — you’d get lawyering like you hadn’t seen before. How about that?
AU: Okay. And your character’s been described as quick-witted and scrappy. Do you have anything to add to that description?
Meyer: Really kind of almost off the chart remarkably good looking. That — I mean that’s not me, that what — I mean, that’s what I’ve heard. . . .Yes, so that’s how I’d describe it.
Those were the days. Goodbye, “Franklin & Bash.”
(We also reviewed the pilot episode here.).