Mark-Paul Gosselaar is lawyering up again at TNT, playing one of the title characters in a new series called “Franklin & Bash.”
The cable channel announced the series pickup on Friday (May 14), while its sister network TBS has ordered a comedy about college life in the 1980s called “Glory Daze.”
Both shows were originally developed for TBS, which is looking to add a couple of hour-long comedies to its roster of original shows. But “Franklin & Bash” was deemed a better fit at TNT, where it has a 10-episode order.
The show stars Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin and Gosselaar, late of TNT’s “Raising the Bar,” as Steven Bash, a pair of street lawyers who are hired by a prestigious firm; culture clash ensues. The series will also feature Malcolm McDowell as the head of the firm, along with Dana Davis (“Heroes”), Reed Diamond (“Dollhouse”), Garcelle Beauvais (“NYPD Blue”) and Kumail Nanjiani (“Michael & Michael Have Issues”).
Kevin Falls (“The West Wing”) and Bill Chais (“Shark”) co-wrote the pilot and are executive producing with Jamie Tarses (“Hawthorne,” “My Boys”).
“Glory Daze” is about a group of college freshmen in Wisconsin in the ’80s. The hour-long show comes from writer Michael LeSieur (“You, Me and Dupree”) and director Walt Becker (“Wild Hogs,” “Van Wilder”) and is scheduled to premiere late this year.
The cast includes Kelly Blatz (“Aaron Stone”), Drew Seeley, Julianna Guill (“90210,” “Friday the 13th”), Hartley Sawyer and “Saturday Night Live” veteran Tim Meadows.
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