Get ready, viewers of TNT who do not fast-forward through commercials: Tomorrow, the network begins airing promos for Franklin & Bash, its new “buddy lawyer series” starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer premiering June 1. Judging from the first round of spots (watch a few below, catch more at weretotallylawyers.com), Gosselaar and Meyer have solid chemistry. We particularly enjoy when Gosselaar giggles after Meyer says “stipulated.” Also, it appears producers took our advice to keep Gosselaar’s hair short, even if he and Meyer begin the show as fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants street lawyers (who join a button-down law firm with an eccentric patriarch played by Malcolm McDowell). Gosselaar’s character, Peter Bash, is said to have a knack for connecting with jury and judge, so we assume he’s the heart of the show. Meyer’s character, Jared Franklin, meanwhile, loves sticking it to authority every chance he gets and apparently makes a killer margarita.
It’ll be interesting to see how much comedy there actually is in the series, which started out as a TBS pilot, and, if it goes the way of the returning Rizzoli & Isles or the canceled Trust Me. Because of our history with Gosselaar here at PopWatch HQ, we hope it’s the former. After watching this behind-the-scenes video and discovering their man cave not only has a bar but also a “shot station,” we are optimistic.