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."
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
'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.)
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.
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.
More casting news after the jump.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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