In recent years, USA Network has established itself as the home for the lighthearted drama: “Psych,” “Monk,” “Fairly Legal,” “Royal Pains.” They’re all chock full of quick banter and jocular give and take, with occasional moments of drama thrown in to give characters a modicum of depth. Enjoyable but not weighty.
Atlanta-based TNT has had more success with slightly grittier fare and we’re saying slightly because its two biggest shows “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles” are hardly FX “Sons of Anarchy”/”Justified” territory.
TNT’s new drama “Franklin & Bash,” which debuts June 1 at 9 p.m., would fit nicely paired with USA’s “Psych.” Instead, it airs before the more earnest “Men of a Certain Age.”
“Franklin & Bash” features two rebellious, somewhat immature lawyer buddies who run the type of law firm that advertises on buses. But their showboating ways are successful – because such methodology works well in fictional justice land. A well-heeled legal firm, led by an