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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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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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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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Cable detectives, lawyers and vampires quickly renewed

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 19th 2008 9:02AM
Raising the BarIn a time when networks are so quick to pull the plug on new series, it is absolutely stunning that two of this season's newest cable series have already been picked up for a second season. What's even more surprising is that one renewed show is Stephen Bochco's terrible Raising the Bar. After setting a record for a series debut on basic cable with 7.7 million viewers, 2.2 million people asked themselves what the hell they were watching, and the series settled into an average of 5.5 mil. But it's only been three weeks?

Surely, more of its viewers will realize that the show is absolutely terrible? From Gosselaar's bleeding heart crying to the bitching between his friends and Jane Kaczmarek's crazy judge, there's more leaps in logic and good sense than in Prison Break. The show makes Boston Legal look like a courtroom documentary. TNT also picked up Holly Hunter's Saving Grace after a respectable summer run.

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The CW and FOX get a head start, TNT is all new

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 1st 2008 8:56PM
raising the barIt's kind of nice when the networks spread out their premieres, ensuring me a fighting chance at sampling most of the new shows. Call me crazy, and you definitely wouldn't be the first, but I have this weird obsession with trying to catch at least one episode of virtually every new major show that premieres and, if at all possible making that the pilot episode. It's allowed me to see a lot of great shows, and a lot of stinkers. But it makes this time of year a busy blast, too!

I also try to keep up with returning shows to see what they've done in their off-season. If it's one I watch, then I want to see if they've tweaked the formula in any way; and if it's one I don't, then I'm always interested to see if they've come up with something to pull me in. With tonight the unofficial start of the fall season, we see the newest networks, FOX and The CW getting an early start by returning three prominent shows. We also say goodbye, maybe forever, to one of the most enjoyable new shows of the summer while TNT takes the chance to bow a new series.

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Raising the Bar -- an early look

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 26th 2008 1:00PM
raising the bar
TNT's original dramas are kind of hit or miss for me. I'm absolutely in love with The Closer, but have zero interest in Saving Grace, despite its good reviews and Holly Hunter's Emmy nomination. It was while I was watching The Closer that I saw the ads for Raising the Bar, TNT's newest series, which premieres on Monday, September 1 at 10 pm. I've got to say, I had the same reaction when I first saw promos for Saving Grace: "meh."

I love a good lawyer show, but there was something about Raising the Bar that just struck me as bland. I really didn't know if I'd even bother checking out the premiere. However, when I got the chance to see the first three episodes, I decided to jump on it. This way I could check it out at my leisure, but more importantly, I could figure out just what the hell is going on with Mark-Paul Gosselaar's hair.

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ABC and CBS reveal more pilot casting news

by Brett Love, posted Feb 10th 2007 3:03PM
Monica PotterI mentioned the other day that Harold Perrineau had joined the CBS pilot Demons. They've now cast the main character, Gus, and the winner is Ron Eldard. If you were paying attention, you might have seen him in the short-lived Men Behaving Badly or Blind Justice. Otherwise, think of him as the paramedic with issues that was dating Carol early in the ER run. It's not the best piece of casting I've ever seen. Eldard has never proven that he can be the dramatic lead for a show, but stranger things have happened.

Meanwhile, over at CBS, Hugh Jackman (Wolverine!) is producing something called Viva Laughlin. Lloyd Owen (Miss Potter) will star as a family man trying to open a casino in Laughlin, NV. Word is that Jackman will appear in the pilot and may have a recurring role on the series. Given just that bit of knowledge, I'm intrigued by the possibilities.

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