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Breckin Meyer Can't Compete With His 'Franklin & Bash' Co-Stars' Giant Heads (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 27th 2011 2:45PM
James Van Der Beek and Mark-Paul Gosselaar on 'Access Hollywood Live'Breckin Meyer's 'Franklin & Bash' co-star Mark-Paul Gosselaar has a big head ... literally. When James Van Der Beek appeared as a guest star on the show, there was barely room on the screen for the diminutive Meyer amidst the vast quantities of noggin. Meyer described the experience Wednesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), appearing together with Gosselaar, who was co-hosting.

Billy Bush set up a clip of a scene that included Meyer, Gosselaar, and Van Der Beek. "The two giant-headed people," said Meyer. "It's awesome. Check it out. It's like watching Easter Island. Check it out." After the clip, Meyer said he had to give his two scene partners nametags to tell them apart. Finding light to stand in was also a challenge. "I'm just saying, it's like Mardi Gras with them," he said. "It's insane."

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TNT Renews 'Franklin & Bash' for Season 2

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 26th 2011 2:00PM
Franklin & BashIf there's one thing America loves more than lawyer shows, it's nostalgia.

That's why it's unsurprising that this summer's latest addition to the growing crop of courtroom series on TV, TNT's 'Franklin & Bash,' has done so well for the network that TNT has ordered a second season.

That means next year, we'll have ten more episodes of Zack Morris Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer's too-cool-for-rules lawyer duo and their oh-so-unconventional law practices.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Doesn't Understand the Appeal of Sexting (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 10th 2011 6:15PM
Mark-Paul Gosselaar on 'The Talk'If you're a Facebook friend or Twitter follower of former 'Saved By the Bell' star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, rest easy: you won't be receiving Anthony Weiner-style photos from him anytime soon. Gosselaar said Friday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) that he's just not the type of guy who's into sexting. And no, it's not because his his oversized vintage Zach Morris cellphone doesn't have a camera on it.

Sharon Osbourne, never one to beat around the bush, asked Gosselaar if he would ever text his "willie" or his "bum" to anyone. "No, I'm not that kind of guy," he said. The male anatomy, he said, "is not a pretty tool."

The whole panel agreed. Osbourne went on record as especially disliking "the things that hang." Have a good weekend with that image, everyone!

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Review: TNT's 'Franklin & Bash' Lays Down the Dude Law

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 1st 2011 11:45AM
'Franklin & Bash' (9PM ET Wednesday, TNT) has at least one thing going for it -- it's not nearly as dour and clunky as the last TNT legal drama Mark-Paul Gosselaar appeared in, Steven Bochco's 'Raising the Bar.'

On that show, Gosselaar played an idealistic lawyer whose long hair was meant to signify that he was not a tool of the Man. On the new show, Gosselaar's locks are tidily trimmed, but his character, Peter Bash, and Bash's law partner, Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) are supposed to be "offbeat," in the words of a TNT press release.

The trouble is, that word doesn't mean what TNT appears to think it means.

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Look Who's Back! '90s Stars Return to TV

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 30th 2011 4:00PM
With the US networks' upfronts completed, it's time for us TV writers to start picking out trends from the announcements. Is the crime drama dying? Is comedy 'back'? One trend for 2011's fall TV that's hard to miss is the return of a large handful of '90s and early 2000s TV stars who've been away from the small screen.

It's sort of like all the popular kids from high school went off to college, where they majored in things like the comedy-horror movie, highly publicized relationships and dubious art house films, and now they're back -- a little older, a little wiser and with way better hair. Welcome home, kids.

Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Ringer,' The CW

Plot Summary: Gellar plays twins -- one a washed-up recovering alcoholic, the other a high-society wife. When wifey disappears under mysterious circumstances, Miss Intervention takes her place, only to discover her sister's life is way more messed up than her own.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Breckin Meyer Talk 'Franklin & Bash'

by Joel Keller, posted May 25th 2011 10:00AM
'Franklin & Bash'It feels like both Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer have been on a whole lot of TV shows, doesn't it?

But when the stars of TNT's new lawyer dramedy 'Franklin & Bash' (premieres Wed., June 1 at 9PM ET) sat down with AOL TV to talk about the show, Gosselaar took pains to mention that, despite the presence of such flame-outs as 'Inside Schwartz' on Meyer's IMDb profile, his co-star has been in less TV shows than people think.

"I'm gonna put him in his place," joked Gosselaar, who's starred in everything from 'Saved By The Bell' to 'NYPD Blue.' "He hasn't had a long TV career. I think he's more known for his films, because what, B, you only had two shows?"

Meyer's semi-self-deprecating reply shows that the two have an easy chemistry, even off-screen: "Yeah, two shows. Except for some reason, I think people think I've done a lot, which is flattering and offensive."

The stars play unconventional lawyers Peter Bash (Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Meyer), guys' guys who take any and every case they can get and run their firm out of the man cave they live in. That is, until Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) asks them to join his huge firm to shake up its stodginess.

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TV's Most Outrageous Lawyers

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 24th 2011 7:00PM
TV is chock-full of serious legal dramas, but it's the unorthodox lawyers that provide the most entertainment.

'Franklin & Bash' (premieres Wed., June 1, 9PM ET on TNT) -- starring Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash -- takes the typical legal drama and injects a nice dose of comedy thanks to the fast-talking dynamic duo with a penchant for unexpected antics. (Beyond a flair for the dramatic in court, Gosselaar has a memorable nude scene in episode 1.)

'Franklin & Bash'

But they aren't the only offbeat characters who can still hold court on TV. From the highly successful to those bordering on incompetent, there are countless quirky counselors throughout TV history.

Here, eight of our favorite outrageous small screen lawyers, including hallucination-happy Ally McBeal, 'Seinfeld''s Jackie Chiles and more.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Talks Murder on 'Rizzoli and Isles' and 'Graphic' 'Weeds' Scene

by PopEater Staff, posted Aug 9th 2010 5:30PM
Mark-Paul Gosselaar's fictitious high school days are far behind him -- very far. This year alone he'll play a suspected killer, a rebellious lawyer with a sense of humor and a bartender lusting after a drug-dealing mother of three.

Gosselaar finds himself returning to TNT (home of his former show 'Raising the Bar,' and newest project, 'Franklin & Bash,') to guest star as a wealthy murder suspect on Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander's sultry crime drama, 'Rizzoli & Isles' (Mon., Aug. 9, 10PM ET).

'Whether they've done the most horrible things, there's always good behind a character," Gosselaar told Popeater.com about his wide range of characters.

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TV Casting: Eric Roberts Books 'The Young and the Restless'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 17th 2010 4:40PM
Eric RobertsEric Roberts is returning to the world of soaps -- this time, on CBS' 'The Young and the Restless.' According to reports, Roberts will play an attorney representing Adam Wilson (Michael Muhney). Roberts will make his 'Y&R' debut on July 12, and will continue appearing on the show through August. [EW.com]

More casting news after the jump.

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TNT Picks Up Mark-Paul Gosselaar's 'Franklin and Bash'

by Mike Moody, posted May 14th 2010 10:20AM
Mark-Paul Gosselaar TNTTNT is giving Mark-Paul Gosselaar another shot at his own show.

According to sources for EW.com, the cable network has reportedly picked up 'Franklin and Bash,' a legal dramedy co-starring the 'Saved by the Bell' alum and 'Robot Chicken's' Breckin Meyer. The pair will play streetwise lawyers recruited by a high-powered firm.

Gosselaar previously starred in TNT's short-lived 'Raising the Bar,' another legal drama produced by Steven Bochco. According to the report, 'Franklin and Bash' will stand apart from 'Bar' and the rest of its dramatic lineup with a more comedic tone and a pilot that features ample shots of Gosselaar's naked bum. (No word yet on whether Gosselaar will be sporting his long Lorenzo Lamas-eque locks last seen in 'Bar's' first season.)

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Lands Another Good-Guy Lawyer Gig

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 8th 2010 12:15PM
Mark-Paul GosselaarAfter logging a couple of seasons as a lawyer on TNT's now defunct legal drama, 'Raising the Bar,' TV veteran and perennial hottie Mark-Paul Gosselaar is headed back to court -- this time, on TBS' hourlong comedy pilot, 'Franklin & Bash.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Jamie Tarses-produced pilot, which was penned by Kevin Falls ('The West Wing') and Bill Chais ('Dirty Sexy Money'), focuses on lifelong pals ('Robot Chicken's' Breckin Meyer is "Franklin" to Gosselaar's "Bash") who successfully take down a big time law firm only to end up being wooed by the firm's patriarch. No word yet on a premiere date.

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Best TV of the '00s: Late Night Moments

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 2nd 2010 1:01PM

Joaquim Phoenix on David Letterman
More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the funniest or most surprising late night moments of the last ten years.

In the past decade, late night shows continued to bloom in popularity. However, some of our favorite late night shows were shuffled around while some got new hosts.

No matter what network executives decided to do to the line up of US late night shows, their hosts and guest stars gave us plenty fantastic, OMG!, and WTF? moments that generated tons of watercooler talks and forum discussion threads.

Below are some of the best late night moments of the past decade as chosen by some of the TV Squad bloggers. We realize there are tough choices in this category, so we hope you'll add your own favorites in the comments section below.

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Goodbye Raising The Bar

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2009 12:06PM
Raising The Bar
I don't know how many people will miss TNT's Raising The Bar. It was one of those shows that you never really heard people talking about - fans or critics - even though it had a pretty high-profile cast, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Jane Kaczmarek. The 2008 premiere actually grabbed over 7.7 million viewers, but that number dropped 50% for the second season premiere, so the writing was on the wall.

TNT has canceled the legal drama. There are still a few episodes that haven't aired yet and they will probably be shown sometime in early 2010.

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TNT Cancels 'Raising the Bar'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 1st 2009 10:50AM
That jolting sound you hear is the smack of a metaphorical gavel.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, TNT has sentenced 'Raising the Bar' to immediate cancellation, with a low probability of appeal.

The struggling hourlong legal drama, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek, premiered in 2008. It was then returned for a second season, with episodes that began to air last June. 12 of season 2's 15 episodes have been broadcast thus far -- the last being Aug. 24 -- so the cancellation will leave fans wondering when the final three will air, or if it's get-the-DVD time. A look at the TNT's webpage for the show literally shows nothing.

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If Mark-Paul Gosselaar is on board, the Saved by the Bell reunion is as good as done

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 9th 2009 1:27PM
Saved by the BellMy sister was addicted to Saved by the Bell, and to the hotness that was Zack Morris in particular. I'm not sure if she checked out Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, but if she had she just might have been stunned to see Zack Morris there. And I do mean Zack Morris, because Mark-Paul Gosselaar did his entire interview in character as the coolest guy from Bayside High.

Considering that Gosselaar has been doing pretty well for himself post-Bell, with big roles in NYPD Blue and Raising the Bar, it's a big deal that he was not only willing to poke fun at his own roots (with The Roots as well for a rousing rendition of "Friends Forever"), but he also committed to Fallon's pet project: the Saved by the Bell reunion. Personally, I think a funny take on where those kids are today could be awesome. You could even work Showgirls into Jessie's post high school career path.

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