Yesterday, in a blog entry about Atlanta-based TNT renewing “Major Crimes,” I openly speculated about the future of two scripted dramas that had not been given a renewal yet: “Leverage” and “Franklin & Bash.”
Today, TNT answered one of those questions by renewing “Franklin & Bash” for a third season. The buddy legal dramedy averaged 4.3 million viewers (including DVR usage) and improved upon its first season numbers.
In case you aren’t familiar with the show (in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this), here’s a quick summary, courtesy of TNT’s press department:
Franklin & Bash stars Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash, two young, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants street lawyers who caused a seismic culture clash when they joined a legendary, button-down law firm. Jared loves sticking it to authority every chance he gets. Peter, meanwhile, has a knack for connecting with judge and jury any way he can. Malcolm McDowell plays Renaissance man Stanton Infeld, the brilliant and eccentrically spontaneous patriarch of the law firm. Also starring are Reed Diamond, Dana Davis, Garcelle Beauvais and Kumail Nanjiani.
As tallied yesterday, TNT has renewed six other scripted shows on top of “Franklin & Bash”: freshmen dramas “Perception,” “Major Crimes” and “Dallas” as well “Southland,” “Falling Skies” and “Rizzoli & Isles.”
There’s almost no point in bringing up the network’s attempt at reality programming, “The Great Escape.” The Ron Howard/Mark Burnett production didn’t remotely pull in ratings to merit another season.
That leaves just one TNT show truly hanging: the Robin Hood-ish “Leverage.” The drama has aired for four seasons and remains a decent ratings draw (3.8 million for its summer finale including one week of DVR use), but some fans feel it’s starting to run out of steam creatively. And relatively speaking, it generates the lowest among all TNT dramas, save for “Southland,” which is the only show that does not air at all during the summer but instead runs in the winter. And “Southland” is a critical favorite, even if it doesn’t draw huge viewership numbers.
“Leverage” did get picked up for syndication starting Sept. 15 after airing 67 episodes. (Nowadays, you don’t necessarily need 100 episodes to go into syndication.)
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk