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Two TV pilots shooting in Atlanta: TBS’s ‘Franklin and Bash’ with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Malcolm McDowell; ABC’s ‘187 Detroit’ with Michael Imperioli

Local actor Ric Reitz, who tracks local TV and movie productions, said two scripted TV pilots will start shooting in Atlanta within the next month.

mark_paul_gosselaar_intAtlanta-based TBS has committed to a one-hour comedy pilot called “Franklin and Bash” starring Breckin Meyer (”Road Trip,” “Rat Race”), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (”Saved by the Bell,” “NYPD Blue,” “Raising the Bar,” left) and the incomparable Malcolm McDowell (”Clockwork Orange,” “Tank Girl,” “Star Trek Generations”).

It’s set to start taping in Atlanta next week. Here’s a description from a Hollywood Reporter story:

“Bash,” from Sony TV, writers Kevin Falls and Bill Chais and producer Jamie Tarses, revolves around Jared Franklin (Meyer) and Steven Bash (Gosselaar), two street lawyers and lifelong friends who, after taking down a white-shoe law firm in a high-profile case, are recruited by the firm’s patriarch [McDowell]. Bash has an uncanny ability to connect with a jury and judge, and Franklin is bent on sticking it to the Man.

Gosselaar was most recently on sister station TNT in a law series called “Raising the Bar,” which lasted two seasons.

Unlike broadcast networks, cable networks don’t create as many pilots and when they do, the odds the show will make it to series is far higher.

It’s unclear based on early descriptions if “Franklin and Bash” will be set in a different city despite shooting in Atlanta or will use Atlanta as a backdrop.

The ABC network is also planning to start shooting a cop drama pilot early next month called “187 Detroit,” which obviously is set in Detroit. It’s not definite ABC would bother to keep the show here if it does pick it up given that Michigan offers plenty of tax incentives to bring in TV series as well. The network may have only chosen Atlanta for the pilot for the weather at this time of year, Reitz said.

michael imperioliThe show stars “Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli, so expect sightings of him around town soon. According to Hollywood Reporter:

The project offers a real but humorous look at Detroit’s top homicide division as seen through the cameras of a fictitious documentary crew.

That “documentary”-style set up, made familiar to TV viewers thanks to reality television, has already been used by “The Office” and “Modern Family.”

7 comments Add your comment

Screech

March 17th, 2010
9:13 pm

Hey Zach! Can I be on your TV show? Mr. Belding and me need the work!

Ms. Bliss

March 18th, 2010
12:23 pm

It’s “Mr. Belding and I.” You stupid kids never listened to me.

Anonymous

March 18th, 2010
1:30 pm

That explains why Michael Imperioli was on my flight back from NY about a week ago

war eagle

March 18th, 2010
1:36 pm

Imperioli? he was on Life on Mars-that weird show about cops unti lthe end when it turned out they were astronauts.

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Steve Warren

March 19th, 2010
12:56 am

“187 Detroit” has been filming all week. They’ll be gone by next month.

ChippersLoveChild

March 19th, 2010
9:32 am

Life on Mars was a fantastic show… hope this one is just as good, and actually gets a long run.