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"Franklin & Bash" review by Suzanne
Season 3 premieres
June 19 at 9/8c on TNT

I've loved this show since it started. The season premiere is two hours worth of fun. Heather Locklear joins the show and becomes a partner in Infeld Daniels (and the boys' new boss). They have an interesting case with a magician. They lost one of the characters (the lady at the law firm) but have added a new love interest for Peter, a blonde Aussie next door. Also, Infeld is going through some more interesting changes. The second episode is still funny but also has some touching moments with their client, a former Vietnam War vet who has been declared dead and is losing his house. I giggled and laughed a lot through-out both episodes.

I really look forward to the rest of the season, and I hope you watch, too. It's a good show and you can just jump right in - no prior knowledge needed. Check it out!


TNT is shifting the season premieres for four of its summer dramas:

Franklin & Bash, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer and new cast member Heather Locklear, will launch its third season with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, June 19, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Franklin & Bash – Season 3 – Two-Hour Premiere: Wednesday, June 19,
-at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

This buddy lawyer series stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer as two young, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants street lawyers who cause a seismic culture clash when they join a legendary, button-down law firm. This season, Heather Locklear joins the Franklin & Bash cast as Rachel King, a beautiful and brilliant trial lawyer and the firm’s newest partner. Malcolm McDowell returns as Renaissance man Stanton Infeld, the brilliant and eccentrically spontaneous patriarch of the law firm. Also starring are Reed Diamond, Dana Davis and Kumail Nanjiani. Franklin & Bash is produced by Four Sycamore Productions, Left Coast Productions and FanFare Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls, Bill Chais and Matthew McGuinness serve as executive producers.

-Connect with TNT’s Franklin & Bash


TNT’s hit legal series Franklin & Bash is back in session for a third season with the same fun banter, unique legal battles and a brand new boss to try and keep the legal wonder boys in line. Starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Franklin & Bash averaged 4.3 million viewers in its sophomore campaign, up 10% over its first season. The buddy drama also averaged 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 2.0 million adults 25-54. Heather Locklear joins the cast this season as Rachel King the new partner in the firm with her sights set on reigning in LA’s go-to legal team. The new season will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), kicking off with back-to-back episodes June 19.

 Franklin & Bash stars Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash, two young, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants street lawyers who caused a seismic culture clash when they joined a legendary, button-down law firm.  Jared loves sticking it to authority every chance he gets. Peter, meanwhile, has a knack for connecting with judge and jury any way he can. Malcolm McDowell plays Renaissance man Stanton Infeld, the brilliant and eccentrically spontaneous patriarch of the law firm. Also starring are Reed Diamond, Dana Davis, and Kumail Nanjiani.

 This season takes an exciting turn.  Besides dealing with a new boss, Jared and Peter adjust to new surroundings as they move into a beach house in Malibu.  The cases the guys will tackle include a world famous magician, defending a dead man who is in fact alive, a heckling baseball fan and the owner of a space meteor.  Season three will also feature an impressive list of guest stars including Piers Morgan, Martin Starr, Tom Lennon, Jay Chandrasekhar, Jane Seymour, Adam Goldberg and a few surprises.

 Franklin & Bash is produced by Four Sycamore Productions, Left Coast Productions and FanFare Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls, Matthew McGuinness, Bill Chais and Mike Listo serve as executive producers.

Season 3

                                                              Episode Synopses

"Coffee and Cream" – Wednesday, June 19, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DL

After legal heavyweight Rachel King (Heather Locklear) humiliates Franklin & Bash on national television, Stanton hires her to help run the firm.  Peter and Jared represent a famous magician (guest star Adam Goldberg) after a bracelet vanishes and never reappears.  Damien intentionally re-releases an embarrassing viral video with hopes to expedite his judicial appointment.  Pindar finds a termite in his bed and has the house tented, but staying on the outside proves too difficult and results in the Man Cave’s destruction. 

Directed by: Mike Listo

Written by:  Bill Chais  & Matt McGuinness

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls

"Dead and Alive" – Wednesday, June 19, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-PG-DL

The gang moves into Infeld’s beach house and Peter is quick to pursue their beautiful neighbor, Charlie (guest star Nikki Whelan).  Jared and Peter must prove a veteran is alive after a clerical error wrongfully pronounced him deceased and he is poised to lose his house.  Karp is increasingly concerned about Infeld’s erratic behavior, which comes to a head when he befriends a Ukrainian drive-through worker and plans to marry her for a visa extension so she can pursue the American dream.

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

Written by: Bill Krebs & Kevin Falls

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls

 “By the Numbers” – Wednesday, June 26th, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) –

Peter and Jared represent a brilliant actuary (guest star Martin Starr) who buys a dying woman’s life insurance policy for pennies on the dollar and then is accused of her murder. Damien and Infeld work with a Venice Beach beekeeper, and Peter makes headway with Charlie, but is surprised to learn she has a daughter. 

Directed by: Arlene Sanford

Written by: Jamie Pachino

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls

 “Captain Johnny” – Wednesday, July 3, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-PG-DL

A wager is made between Rachel and the boys as to whose case will garner better PR for the firm -- Jared and Peter’s defense of a fisherman in which they invoke “Pirate Law” or Rachel’s case, a wrongful termination involving a self-proclaimed psychic.   Meanwhile, Peter and Jared acquire a “discarded” curbside sofa, which Pindar discovers is a certain celebrity.  This renews a feud between the star and their landlord, Stanton. 

Directed by: Richie Keen

Written by:  Nicki Renna & Matt McGuinness

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls

 “Good Lovin’” – Wednesday, July 10, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) –

When Peter’s mother (guest star Jane Seymour) is arrested on prostitution charges it’s up to the boys to prove her methods are purely therapeutic.  But when Jared’s sexually demanding fling with the opposing DA renders him exhausted and useless, Peter must single handedly confront his mother on the stand and distill her true motive.  Meanwhile Damien attempts to woo a judge (guest star Buck Henry) with hopes to gain endorsement for his bench after he retires.

Directed by: David Grossman

Written by: Jay Shore & Bill Chais

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls                      

 “Freck” – Wednesday, July 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) –

Jared and Peter come to the aid of their friend Robbie (guest star Eddie Jemison) who’s been charged with murdering his long-time practical joke adversary.  The boys must cast aside their instincts as lawyers and channel their inner prankster to draw out the truth.  Damien handles a case for Infeld’s foundation; a turf war for shelf space between a supermarket and a non-profit that employs rehabilitated criminals.  Peter finally gets to meet Charlie’s daughter who takes a shine to Pindar. 

Directed by: Colin Bucksey

Written by: Richard Hewett & Kevin Falls

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls 

 “Control” – Wednesday, July 24, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) –

Peter and Jared attempt to silence a relentless heckler who’s singled out a major league prospect.  Rachel reluctantly handles her family’s litigation against a bull semen distributor, and Karp’s quest to judgeship hits a roadblock when his mentor is found dead on a golf course.  Meanwhile, Peter’s future with Charlie takes a back seat to her potential career commitments. 

Directed by:  Michael Zinberg

Teleplay by: Jamie Pachino & Matt McGuinness

Story by:  Matt McGuinness

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls

  “Out of The Blue” – Wednesday, July 31, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) –

On Rachel’s order, Peter and Jared must court a client whose business was struck by a priceless meteorite.  Once the government tries to seize the artifact, the boys’ legal maneuvering steers their client toward his Indian ancestry in an effort to save it.  Infeld defends Damien for the murder of a judge, subsequently revealing a few secrets of his own about that fateful day. 

Directed by: Jeff Bleckner

Written by:  Bill Krebs

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls

 “Shoot to Thrill” – Wednesday, August 7, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) –

Peter and Jared defend a bounty hunter (guest star Thomas Lennon) who’s been charged with excessive use of force, resulting in an F&B-style courtroom demonstration that literally blows up in their face.  Jared tries to cheer Peter up by bringing him along on a double date. Karp takes a Franklin and Bash approach to life after some good news, and Pindar’s stalking of their famous neighbor turns ugly when he crashes a drone onto his deck and finds Peter’s girlfriend Charlie in his company.

Directed by: David Paymer

Written by:  Bill Chais                                                                                                      

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls

 “Gone In A Flash” – Wednesday, August 14, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) –

A subpoena of Pindar’s computer unearths evidence that he may have been responsible for the destruction of the Man Cave. An insurance fraud investigation is spearheaded (by guest star Jay Chandrasekhar) which ultimately implicates the entire F&B gang.  Karp finally gets his shot before a judicial selection committee but quickly finds they know way too much about his past, and Peter and Charlie plan one last “montage” before she leaves for San Francisco and their summer of love comes to an end. Infeld is finally able to make peace with his old foe.

Directed by: Mike Listo

Written by:  Kevin Falls

Created by: Bill Chais & Kevin Falls

The Legal Team of Infeld Daniels

Peter Bash

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Peter Bash is a fearless lawyer whose charm does more than just amuse jurors and anger judges; it wins cases. When it comes to his clients, Peter holds nothing back. He will pull anything he can from his bag of legal tricks to secure a victory. Outside the courtroom, Peter is a confident ladies man with a killer body – and has no modesty about showing it off. He’s also the best friend a guy could have.

Jared Franklin

Breckin Meyer

The quick-witted Jared Franklin is the kind of scrappy lawyer every underdog wants to have. Although his father is a well-known attorney, Jared has never wanted to follow in his footsteps. He prefers to stand up for the little guy, even after he steps into the big time with Infeld Daniels. Jared is a supreme showman in the courtroom.

Stanton Infeld

Malcolm McDowell

As senior partner at Infeld Daniels, Stanton Infeld rules over an incredibly powerful legal empire. Throughout his life, he has used his position to travel the world. He has a particular affinity for Asian languages, philosophy and culture. Although he is known as a fierce competitor in the courtroom, many of the lawyers who work for him see Stanton as the firm’s affable and slightly eccentric patriarch.

Rachel King

Heather Locklear

Sporting stiletto heels and clothes tailored within an inch of her life, Stanton’s newest acquisition brings celebrity to Infeld Daniels, and a third name to its letterhead.  Rachel King is a stunning, self-made trial lawyer who occasionally pops up on the Piers Morgan show.  She sees potential in Franklin & Bash -- but when she’s made their direct supervisor, aims to put an end to their insubordinate ways by assigning and managing their caseload. 

Damien Karp

Reed Diamond

Sharp and buttoned-down lawyer Damien Karp, Stanton Infeld’s nephew, tries hard to escape the mighty shadow of his uncle. He has ambitions to become a judge, but right now he’s more interested in doing everything he can to sandbag Peter and Jared. The foil to Franklin & Bash, Karp is determined to get them out of the firm.

Pindar Singh

Kumail Nanjiani

As researcher and writer, Pindar Singh is invaluable to Peter and Jared’s legal team. His brilliant photographic memory, however, is countered by the fact that he’s a mass of neuroses, highlighted by anxiety and agoraphobia. His social awkwardness has also left him feeling a bit lonely for female companionship. However, this season we see Pindar finally venturing out of the house and setting out into the world.

Carmen Phillips

Dana Davis

Paralegal Carmen Phillips is the fire that keeps Peter and Jared going. She’s a smart, tough private investigator and always willing to be candid. Although she often finds herself serving as den mother to the unruly organization, she couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.

Cast Biographies

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Peter Bash

Mark-Paul Gosselaar first came to public notice as the star of the hit television comedy series Saved by the Bell, in which he played Zack Morris, and which aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. Gosselaar's character was adapted from the short-lived Disney sitcom Good Morning, Miss Bliss; although that show was cancelled after one season, NBC executives believed that a similar show, with Zack Morris as the series lead, had potential for success. He reprised the role in two TV movies and a less-successful spin-off, Saved by the Bell: The College Years. In 1995, Gosselaar appeared as Zack Morris in a second spin-off series Saved by the Bell: The New Class in the episode "Goodbye, Bayside – Part 2", along with Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater and Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle.

In 1996, Gosselaar appeared in the TV-film She Cried No as a college student who date-rapes his best friend's sister at a fraternity party. In 1998, he starred in the feature film Dead Man on Campus. Later that same year, Gosselaar played the central character in the TV drama Hyperion Bay. In 2001, he starred in the movie The Princess and the Marine, with Marisol Nichols. He also starred in the short-lived WB series D.C.

From 2001 to 2005, Gosselaar played Detective John Clark on ABC's NYPD Blue. After the series ended, he joined the cast of ABC's Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis. Gosselaar also appeared on the HBO series John from Cincinnati. He then gained the starring role of defense attorney Jerry Kellerman in TNT's Steven Bochco-produced Raising the Bar.

On June 8, 2009, Gosselaar appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in character as Zack Morris to promote his show Raising the Bar, indicating that the name Mark-Paul Gosselaar is his stage name and declaring as Zack that he would participate in a Saved by the Bell class reunion spearheaded by Fallon. He has since agreed to participate in the reunion along with four fellow cast members.

In October 2009, Gosselaar made his off-Broadway stage debut in Theresa Rebeck's play The Understudy with The Roundabout Theatre Company. The show extended its limited New York run until January 17, 2010.

Breckin Meyer
Jared Franklin

Constantly delivering memorable performances, Breckin Meyer has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. With starring roles in the hilarious DreamWorks comedy Road Trip, Doug Lyman's ensemble feature Go and Miramax's provocative drama 54, Meyer's resume is as extensive as it is versatile.

Meyer starred in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Prior to that, Meyer starred in Garfield and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. He voiced Garfield's loving owner, Jon Arbuckle, opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Previously, Meyer was seen on the big screen in the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold, opposite Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman. Meyer's other feature film credits include Rat Race, Can't Hardly Wait, Clueless, The Craft, Blue State, The Insider and Prefontaine.

In television, Meyer earned a 2009 Annie Award and a 2008 Emmy® nomination as a writer on Adult Swim's popular animated comedy series Robot Chicken, for which he also voices several characters. Robot Chicken was recently nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Animated Program. Meyer lent his voice to the animated series King of the Hill for eight seasons, playing the role of Joseph Gribble. Meyer recently guest starred on Heroes and House and is the creator and executive producer of the new TBS original sitcom Men At Work.

An accomplished musician, Meyer drums for Tom Morello's solo project The Night Watchmen. Meyer is a Minnesota native who currently lives in Los Angeles.

Heather Locklear
Rachel King

Best known for creating some of television's most memorable characters, six-time Golden Globe® nominee Heather Locklear has enjoyed a prolific career in both television and film. Named as one of the most influential icons of television by Entertainment Weekly, Locklear has played starring roles in the hit series Spin City, Melrose Place, Dynasty and T.J. Hooker. She also starred in the HBO thriller Double Tap, the NBC telefilm Shattered Mind and the ABC miniseries Texas Justice.

Locklear can next be seen in the Dimension Films release Scary Movie 5, due out later this year. She previously starred in two highly successful Lifetime Original Movies, He Loves Me, playing a women who begins to physiologically unravel when she finds out her husband is cheating on her, and Flirting with 40, about a divorced mother of two on the brink of her 40th birthday who, while on vacation, finds an unexpected romance with a much younger man and learns that life can begin at 40. Flirting with 40 rated in the top three movies for the network. Prior to that, she was the star of Lifetime's Angels Fall, based on the best-selling novel by Nora Roberts. Its premiere ranked in the top ten of highest viewers in the history of the channel.

In 2005, Locklear starred with Hilary Duff and Chris Noth in The Perfect Man. She was also featured in MGM's Uptown Girls and in Warner Bros. Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

Locklear has been named three times on People magazine's Most Beautiful list. In addition to her beauty and talent, Locklear serves on the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture & Television Fund and supports The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's ResearchA native of Southern California, she resides in Los Angeles with her daughter Ava.

Malcolm McDowell
Stanton Infield

Malcolm McDowell is arguably among the most dynamic and inventive of world-class actors, yet also one capable of immense charm, humor and poignancy. McDowell has created a gallery of iconic characters since catapulting to the screen as Mick Travis, the rebellious upperclassman in Lindsay Anderson's prize-winning sensation, If...

His place in movie history was subsequently secured when Stanley Kubrick finally found the actor he was searching for to play the gleefully amoral Alex in A Clockwork Orange; when McDowell himself conceived the idea for Mick Travis' further adventures in Anderson's Candid-like masterpiece, O Lucky Man!; and when he wooed Mary Steenburgen and defeated Jack the Ripper as the romantically inquisitive H.G. Wells in Time After Time.

Those legendary roles are among the ones that have endured with legions of filmgoers while new fans have been won over by his tyrannical Soran (the destroyer of Capt. Kirk) in Star Trek: Generations; his Machiavellian Mr. Roarke in "Fantasy Island" and his comically pompous professor Steve Pynchon in the critically hailed CBS television series, "Pearl," starring opposite Rhea Perlman.

For his motion picture work, the American Cinemateque honored him with a retrospective in June 2001, highlighted by showings of his electrifying performances in two major works. The first is Paul McGuigan's Gangster No. 1, in which McDowell and Paul Bettany portray the consumed, driven title character and which affords McDowell the chance to create a character both on screen and through nuanced voice-over. The second is Rusian director Karen Chakhnazarov's acclaimed and rarely seen Assassin of the Tsar, which Vincent Canby called "a remarkable mystical and psychological exploration of the murder of the Romanov family." About McDowell's performance as the conflicted Yurovsky, the man who carried out the crime, The New York Times said, "Not since reaching his mature years has McDowell given such a fine, strong, crafty performance. It is acted with immense skill."

McDowell's distinctive motion picture characterizations include: Richard Lester's Royal Flash, Paul Schrader's Cat People, Rachel Talalay's Tank Girl, Joseph Losey's Figures in a Landscape, Bryan Forbes' The Raging Moon and the Chaplinesque studio boss in Blake Edwards' Sunset.

His film credits are further highlighted by his compellingly sinister Caligula; the brilliant literary editor Maxwell Perkins in Martin Ritt's Cross Creek; his cameo in Robert Altman's The Player; and his final incarnation of Mick Travis in Britannia Hospital, the third film in Anderson's trilogy marking the disintegration of British culture.

McDowell's film work also includes Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, In Good Company, I Spy,  Robert Altman's The Company; Robert Downey Sr.'s Hugo Pool with Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Cathy Moriarty; Just Visiting, Mr. Magoo, Hugh Hudson's My Life So Far, Blue Thunder, Neil Marshall's Doomsday in 2007, Rob Zombie's Halloween I & II, and the voice of villain, Dr. Calico, in Disney's 2008 box office hit, Bolt.

In late 2011, Malcolm was seen in the Academy Award®-winning silent film sensation, The Artist. In 2012, Amy Heckerling's Vamps with Sigourney Weaver and Alicia Silverstone followed, as did Silent Hill Revelation: 3D.

On television, McDowell has played recurring roles on Entourage, Heroes, CSI: Miami and The Mentalist.

Dana Davis

The extremely versatile Dana Davis has enjoyed several series regular roles, including head cheerleader Chastity Church on 10 Things I Hate About You; modern day mimic Monica Dawson on NBC's Heroes; and Chi McBride's daughter Felicia Jones on ABC's The Nine.

Davis has also illuminated recurring roles on Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, The O.C. and Boston Public, and she has guest-starred on more than 20 primetime series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Body of Proof, Grey's Anatomy, Bones, Pushing Daisies, Cold Case and CSI: Miami. She made her film debut in Coach Carter, with Samuel Jackson, followed by starring roles as Denise Gilmore in Raise Your Voice, opposite Hillary Duff, and as Brittany Snow's best friend Lisa Hines in the hugely successful teen thriller Prom Night. A gifted voice artist, Davis recurred as Claire on Disney XD's animated series Motor City.

A classically trained violinist and a successful screenwriter, Davis earned a bachelor's degree in music from Loyola Marymount. In her spare time, she volunteers for nonprofits like Empowering Lives International, which provides training, resources and encouragement to underprivileged East African children. In December 2009, she created her own nonprofit organization, Culture for Kids LA, with the mission of bringing arts to inner city kids.

Davis was raised in the Midwest and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Kumail Nanjiani
Pindar Singh

Kumail Nanjiani is a tireless Los Angeles-based writer and performer who has been featured in Variety's 10 Comics to Watch, The Hollywood Reporter's 10 Rising Comedy Talents and New York Magazine's 10 Comedians that Funny People Find Funny. Nanjiani first gained attention for his critically acclaimed one-man show Unpronounceable, directed by Paul Provenza, and has performed stand-up on CONAN, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In addition to Franklin & Bash, Nanjiani plays a recurring character on IFC's Portlandia and the webseries Burning Love, produced by Ben Stiller. Kumail has also joined the cast of Veep for HBO and just finished shooting Mike Judge's pilot for HBO, Silicon Valley. He recently completed a one-hour Comedy Central special set to air in May.

Reed Diamond
Damien Karp

Reed Diamond, who recently co-starred in the Oscar®-nominated Moneyball, was born and raised in New York City. He attended college at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in New York. His professional career began in 1990 with his co-starring role in the movie Memphis Belle. He went on to appear on Broadway.

Diamond is probably best known for playing Detective Mike Kellerman on the critically acclaimed NBC television series Homicide: Life On The Street. Prior to Franklin & Bash, he co-starred in Kevin Fall's Journeyman, Joss Wheedon's Doll House and the final season of the hit series 24. Some of Diamond's most notable movie credits include Good Night, and Good Luck and Spider-Man 2. He will next be seen as Don Pedro in Joss Whedon's adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, opening in theaters June 7.

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