TNT aims to turn the law on its head in ‘Franklin & Bash’

The Daily Herald - TV Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY KATE O’HARE

It’s not ev­ery day that one sees Bri­tish ac­tor Mal­colm McDow­ell hang­ing up­side down — and en­joy­ing it.

Af­ter shoot­ing its pilot in Atlanta, TNT’s new com­edy-drama “Franklin & Bash,” ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Jamie Tarses and the writ­ing team of Kevin Falls and Bill Chais, has landed on sets in Santa Clarita, Calif., just north of Los An­ge­les, along with lo­ca­tions around the L.A. area. It pre­mieres on Wed­nes­day.

One of the main sets is the el­e­gantly ap­pointed head­quar­ters of law firm In­feld Daniels in the Cen­tury City area of Los An­ge­les’ up­scale West­side.

McDow­ell plays Stan­ton In­feld, pa­tri­arch of the firm. In the scene be­ing shot, he’s con­fer­ring with two re­cent hires, brash legal part­ners Jared Franklin and Peter Bash (Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gos- se­laar), while be­ing flipped up and down on an in­ver­sion ta­ble in his of­fice.

Along with Franklin and Bash came their legal aides, out­spo­ken Car­men (Dana Davis) and ago­ra­pho­bic, germ-averse Pin­dar (Ku­mail Nan­jiani). Their ar­rival was also a source of ir­ri­ta­tion for Stan­ton’s nephew, lawyer Damien Karp (Reed Di­a­mond), and a source of in­ter­est for Damien’s more-or-less girl­friend, lawyer Hanna Lin­den (Gar­celle Beau­vais).

While the flam­boy­ant In­feld can com­mand a room, even up­side down, McDow­ell doesn’t in­tim­i­date Gos­se­laar and Meyer.

“By the way,” says Meyer, “Mal­colm McDow­ell may be the great­est per­son on the planet. He’s just awe­some. He loves to play.”

In­feld was at­tracted to the work ethic and suc­cess rates of Franklin and Bash, who’ve been to­gether since grade school. Franklin’s tal­ent is con­nect­ing with judges and ju­ries, Bash loves to chal­lenge au­thor­ity (al­though he’s found his match in In­feld), and the two of them have crafted a unique court­room style.

“It’s a show,” says Gos­se­laar. “When these two are in court, they’re putting on, as one of the judges says, din­ner the­ater. It sort of sig­ni­fies how we at­tack the ju­rors in the court­room.”

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