Screen Junkies » breckin meyer http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:25:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 TNT Gives ‘Franklin & Bash’ The Axe Leaving Us Breathless, Bash-less http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/tnt-gives-franklin-bash-the-axe-leaving-us-breathless-bash-less/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/tnt-gives-franklin-bash-the-axe-leaving-us-breathless-bash-less/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:49:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267246 I knew that Bash was on the bubble, but Franklin? I...I need to sit down.

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In a story that has little pop culture or media significance, but allows me to make fun of the title Franklin & Bash for one last time, it’s my bittersweet duty to report that Franklin & Bash has been cancelled by TNT after the network declined to pick the show up for a fifth season.

Franklin was four years old at the time of the announcement.

So was Bash.

Rather than mourn their absence, let’s celebrate their lives. Franklin was…Franklin was the Zack Morris one, I think, which would make Bash Breckin Meyer. Or the other way around. I know it was Zack Morris and Breckin Meyer. They were lawyers. That’s really all I have to celebrate. I never watched the show. But I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna miss those promos while watching NBA games this season.

The show suffered from falling ratings, and this past season premiere was off 60% from the previous one; never a great sign. Yet Rizzoli and Isles still get to strut around like they own the place. Those bitches.

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU, RIZZOLI AND ISLES! IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU!!!

*checks ratings on Wikipedia*

Never mind. The ratings for Rizzoli and Isles were way better. Turner made the right call.

(Deadline)

 

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Review: TNT’s Franklin & Bash http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-tnts-franklin-bash/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-tnts-franklin-bash/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 23:31:01 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212570 It seems like this is the outrageous, but not too highbrow, courtroom drama “The Defenders” wanted to be.

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I figure the factor that decides whether or not you like a lawyer show is whether you like the actor playing the lawyer. Spader and Shatner made “Boston Legal,” and I liked Marx Paul Gosselaar on “Raising the Bar.” Gosselaar was my way into TNT’s latest courtroom drama “Franklin & Bash” (he’s Bash).

The pilot works really hard in the introduction to drop as many references as it can to illustrate what wild cards Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash are. They talk about Van Damme marathons, hitting on Marisa Tomei, Ali/Frasier and even The Notebook. Their home office is adorned with movie posters, all Sony movies which is the only explanation why S.W.A.T. is in the running. I can buy Zombieland, even Blue Thunder, but S.W.A.T.?

Don’t worry about that pop culture overload. It pays off later. The courtroom antics start big and get deeper too. The boys have a mattress model (Mircea Monroe) strip to her bra in court to prove that her video billboard is a distraction to drivers on the road. It works because even the court reporter was too distracted to take down testimony. That’s how they roll, but later you’ll see they have hearts too.

6 photosMircea Monroe

The big firm Infeld and Daniels hires Franklin & Bash to bring their wild card to their stodgy old firm. Infeld’s (Malcolm McDowell) nephew Damien Karp (Reed Diamond) is like the crusty old dean who’ll always be thwarted by young punks Franklin and Bash. Karp’s blatant anger at a press conference is entertaining because it’s so not going to help him or his clients. He’ll be ripe for a legal pantsing every week.

Franklin and Bash shake things up right away. They tear down a wall to turn their individual offices into one, because they’re a team, man. They bring their kooky paralegals on board. Agoraphobic techno-perv Pindar (Kumal Nanjiani) will get old, so hopefully they don’t overplay that. Franklin and Bash will go so far as to stage a fistfight at a press conference to distract from the scandal, and they do.

Now that we like the lawyers, it’s time to make the cases interesting. Bash represents a dominatrix accused of prostitution. He turns the case into a sympathetic heartbreak. You really believe that the professional dominatrix thought her client loved her. In the second episode, the case begins as a joke about an ugly duckling fired from a fashion magazine. By the end it becomes about the daddy issues of the publisher’s daughter. I’m sold. They’ve got a hook and they’ve got heart.

For now, there are hints that Bash takes to the corporate life a little too well and Franklin keeps it real. Franklin has turned down work at his dad’s firm though, so he’s overcompensating. Their pop culture knowledge constantly works to their advantage. Bash can quote The Breakfast Club to trap a witness. It seems like this is the outrageous, but not too highbrow, courtroom drama “The Defenders” wanted to be.

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