FRANKLIN & BASH
Pilot Advance Episode Review
FRANKLIN & BASH Series Premiere Wednesday June 1st at 9 PM EST on TNT
May 27, 2011
By Lena Lamoray
FRANKLIN & BASH Press Release: This summer, two nontraditional street lawyers promise to shake-up a buttoned-down law firm in TNT’s new offbeat drama series FRANKLIN & BASH. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) and Breckin Meyer (Road Trip) star in the title roles, along with Malcolm McDowell (Hereos, Entourage) as the eccentric head of the law firm. The outstanding cast also includes Garcelle Beauvais (NYPD Blue), Dana Davis (10 Things I Hate About You), Kumail Nanjiani (Michael & Michael Have Issues) and Reed Diamond (Homicide: Life on the Street, Journeyman). FRANKLIN & BASH premieres Wednesday, June 1, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). When they’re not hanging out at their favorite hot dog stand pontificating on what they’d go through to enjoy a night with their favorite female celebrities, Jared Franklin (Meyer) and Peter Bash (Gosselaar) are chasing down their latest clients…sometimes literally. With business cards in hand, they’re ready to nab a client within seconds after a car accident, arrest for solicitation or any other incident where their legal services may be needed. Once in the courtroom, they show their flair for the dramatic and the shocking. Peter has a knack for connecting with jury and judge, while Jared loves sticking it to authority every chance he gets. Despite their bad-boy antics, brash presentation and devil-may-care attitudes, Jared and Peter are good lawyers who are willing to do anything for a client, no matter who the client might be. That quality catches the attention of Stanton Infeld (McDowell), a Renaissance man and the patriarch of Infeld Daniels, one of the top law firms in Los Angeles. He sees a lot of himself in the young men and decides to recruit the pair to bring a fresh energy to the firm. Jared and Peter are joined by their two legal aides, the brilliant, brassy Carmen (Davis) and the agoraphobic, verminophobic Pindar (Nanjiani). Infeld’s decision to take on fresh talent doesn’t sit well with his nephew, Damien Karp (Reed), a lawyer who has his own plans for the firm and a particularly shifty way of doing business. The arrival of Jared and Peter also threatens Karp’s romantic – albeit celibate – relationship with Hanna Linden (Beauvais), a lawyer who takes an immediate liking to Jared. In their new digs at Infeld Daniels, Jared and Peter handle a variety of clients, from a woman fired for being too beautiful to a family feud over a cherished baseball. But their story is really about the incredible friendship they’ve built and how their relationship is challenged now that they find themselves working in a more corporate atmosphere. Only time will tell if these devoted buddies can survive in this new environment. FRANKLIN & BASH is produced by Four Sycamore Productions, Left Coast Productions and FanFare Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Jamie Tarses (TNT’s HawthoRNe, Mr. Sunshine and Mad Love), Jason Ensler (The West Wing, Chuck), Kevin Falls (Journeyman, The West Wing) and Bill Chais (Shark, Dirty Sexy Money) serve as executive producers. Falls and Chais wrote the pilot.
FRANKLIN & BASH “Pilot” Series Premiere Advance Review, Airing 6/1/2011
FRANKLIN & BASH are two lawyers with one goal, to get you off. FRANKLIN & BASH features Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash and Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin. Mark-Paul and Breckin have amazing chemistry in this series and together they make the best looking lawyer duo in television history. Seriously, who would not want this powerhouse team to represent them? Their outlandish and hilarious defense techniques put the spark back into courtroom dramas and pave the way for a compelling summer of television. I wanted to check out the series after I saw the first lawyer commercial promoting it and I am so happy that the show is as brilliant and as fun as advertised. I have been a fan of Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s since “Saved by the Bell” and I always check out the latest series that he is starring in and this has to be my favorite. I adore Mark-Paul’s character, Peter Bash, who is just so endearing and in need of a hug. You can’t help but feel for him as he offers up his soul to the tune of “I’m Not in Love” by 10cc. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking moment that we get to live through twice.