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