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TNT renews ‘Franklin & Bash’ for second season

Mark-Paul Gossellaar and Breckin Meyer of "Franklin & Bash." CREDIT: TNT

Mark-Paul Gossellaar and Breckin Meyer of "Franklin & Bash." CREDIT: TNT

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“Franklin & Bash” has argued its case with the viewers and has been rewarded with a second season on Atlanta-based TNT.

The light-hearted legal dramedy starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar isn’t a massive hit, relatively speaking, but is on par with sister shows “Memphis Beat” and “Hawthorne.” It’s averaging about 2.6 million viewers over its first eight episodes and its numbers have been fairly steady since it debuted in early June. Counting DVR usage over seven days, ratings increase to 3.9 million, a solid 50% increase.

Gosselaar tweeted the news today.

TNT taped the pilot in Atlanta but moved the show to Los Angeles for the rest of the first season. Though it’s cheaper to produce the show in Atlanta, the leads offered to take lower pay in exchange for being closer to home. The show is based in Los Angeles anyway so that makes sense.

TNT recently canceled “Men of a Certain Age” but renewed fellow freshman show “Falling Skies,” which is averaging about 4.5 million viewers over five episodes.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

25 comments Add your comment

Judy

July 26th, 2011
4:24 pm

I watched one episode and said forget it. TNT keeps shows like this but cancel Men of a Certain Age and Saving Grace. I just don’t understand.

yep

July 26th, 2011
4:36 pm

Not a bad sho. Basically a poor mans boston Legal, but still not bad.

Ramblin Wreck

July 26th, 2011
4:45 pm

Judy, it’s easy. It’s called ratings. I swear “Men of a Certain Age” was trying to be “Sex and the City” for men – friends doing a whole lot of navel-gazing and whining. I hate to tell you, but most men don’t do that. It’s like a show that was targeted at men but appealed to women. Very weird demographic.

Not gonna Bash

July 26th, 2011
4:45 pm

The show’s pretty funny. If people would realize that it’s meant to be a lighthearted comedy/drama, they’d enjoy it too.

Truth Squad

July 26th, 2011
4:46 pm

I can’t believe Falling Skies gets another season. FS has to be the blandest, slowest, most boring sci-fi show ever to make it to tv. With the pedigree of those involved in the show, my expectation was that it be at least as interesting as an average episode of Stargate.It is not. Even Mutant X was a better than Falling Skies.

I’m pulling for TNT, but it better continue to renew Southland which is the best cop show on tv and one of the best shows, period. Let’s all hope that The Closer spinoff is up to expectations as well.

bashin franklin

July 26th, 2011
4:49 pm

f and b baby! love this show. Falling skies is the tops though!!!

HC

July 26th, 2011
4:51 pm

I like the show alot. It is great comedy and fun entertainment. Good job TNT!!!!!!

Geo Native

July 26th, 2011
4:54 pm

SHOULD have kept Raising the Bar!!!!!

Screech

July 26th, 2011
5:14 pm

I want to be a guest star on this show! Heck, I’ll wash Zack’s car if it gets me a role!

coachx

July 26th, 2011
5:17 pm

I gave it a shot b/c I like Zack from “Saved By The Bell” and the little guy from “Road Trip” but the show is awful unless you ambulance chasing defense lawyers.

I’d rather watch a show about lawyers out to do good rather then lawyers out to be immature sleeze buckets.

coachx

July 26th, 2011
5:19 pm

Please don’t compare this to Boston Legal………Boston Legal was courtroom comedy done well.

Fred (with a capitol "F")

July 26th, 2011
5:32 pm

Wow. Saved this one (which I mostly watch – it is lightweight entertainment) and dumped Men of a Certain Age (which I *always* watched!). Oh well.

Nat Rumer

July 26th, 2011
5:33 pm

Yay!! More naked bum shots of Mark-Paul Gosselaar. That is the real moneymaker on the show. And what a work of art it is.

Wayne stuck in AL

July 26th, 2011
8:41 pm

TNT is trying to out-USA the USA Network.

PTC DAWG

July 26th, 2011
9:52 pm

It’s a silly show at best.

Shows like Men of a Certain Age get canned while this fluff lives on.

jj

July 27th, 2011
8:33 am

So disheartening when (if) people would rather watch F+B over Men (and I’m male). We usually watch a show 3 times, to see if it develops. This is one that we tried – once.

Jerry L

July 27th, 2011
9:26 am

Judy – it’s simple – people don’t want to think too hard all the time. You only get to fill your week with a few quality shows for that. Once people are locked on to Grey’s Anatomy, they have to fill some of the rest of the week with some crap like JackAss or Bachelorette.

EddieMurphy1980s

July 27th, 2011
9:29 am

Franklin Bash better had been renewed or I would have been pissed. Men of A Certain Age was a good show and another vehicle for Ray Romano’s already PHAT career, he was by far the best thing about that show and I will miss it dearly.

I wouldn’t say MOAC was trying to pander to the women demographic (Rambling Wreck) per se, but in Season 2 there was quite a bit of “bring in the women viewers” story line that rubbed me the wrong way. When I watch shows that are supposed to cater to men, I’m not trying to see a whole bunch of kissing, calling each other affectionate pet names, etc. Stuff like that makes me head swim.

Ned Stark

July 27th, 2011
4:30 pm

That’s too bad. I really liked Men of a Certain Age…although I enjoyed the first season a bit more than the 2nd one. I really thought they hit it on the head. As a married 48 yr. old man, I could truly identify with all the characters as I have similar type friends…I have one that never marrried and is always bird-doggin and I have one that is divorced and never dates anyone….

sammiamm

July 27th, 2011
5:43 pm

Pilot was shot in my home in ATL. Neighbors enjoyed the hot tub scene shot. Got to see Mark Paul from front and back–in the buff.

batista

July 27th, 2011
9:22 pm

Franklin and Bash is simply fun. Men of a Certain Age is everything that is wrong with this country and the fools in it. Happy it got the noose!

Dish

July 28th, 2011
12:29 am

Lovin Franklin & Bash!! I look forward to laughing every week with this show. The one liners are classic! Great Dramedy!! Glad it was picked up for another season!

Melanie

July 28th, 2011
12:56 am

It’s nice to see bitter people insulting those of us who like F&B. I guess those of you who find the show too “fluffy” (whatever the hell that means), are just far superior than us. Not everyone takes their tv shows seriously, some of us just like a bit of escapism from day to day life.

Astrid G.

July 28th, 2011
5:29 pm

A throwback to the worst shows of the 70s.

susie

August 1st, 2011
3:12 am

Love this show. Every character is great. I love Bash, jared, Janie ross. I am hoping that Janie and Peter will reunite in the second season. Enjoyed Bachleor partyepisode. Claire Cofffe and James were great ans so is bash.