Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer had never met before signing on for TNT’s upcoming series “Franklin & Bash.” You wouldn't know it now.
“Horrible,” Gosselaar joked this week when asked how Meyer does playing Jared Franklin. “We’re working on it. We got a coach on set.”
Meyer, in turn, said he hasn’t seen any of Gosselaar’s work, which includes “Saved by the Bell,” “NYPD Blue” and as Peter Bash. “I’m still not sure how to say the last name,” he joked during an interview Monday at the Four Seasons Hotel.
The guys have honed their comic routine for “Franklin & Bash,” which premieres at 8 p.m. June 1 on TNT. They play lawyers whose offbeat courtroom tactics get them in trouble with judges, but also help them win their cases. In the season premiere, they catch the eye of Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell), the maverick senior partner of the buttoned-down law firm Infeld Daniels.
Infeld hires them hoping to shake up the other lawyers at his stodgy firm, which proves an easy and often hilarious task for them. The series gets a little manic at times, but the dialogue between Gosselaar and Meyer crackles—making you (almost) forgive the more unbelievable courtroom antics.
Meyer, who you may remember from the films “Clueless,” “54” and “Road Trip,” said he and Gosselaar were lucky that they clicked so well because “you have to believe these guys are friends.” They even noticed their characters were sitting the same way in courtroom scenes.
“To suddenly be in Episode 3 and the characters are already sitting alike, it wasn’t something we planned,” he said. “But it’s fun when you know you’ve got a bead on a character.”
Watch the hilarious video interview above, which includes a discussion about McDowell, the Franklin & Bash mancave and Gosselaar baring his butt in the season premiere. Beware of the colorful language.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun