TNT‘s Franklin & Bash has snagged another late renewal. The legal dramedy has become the last of the cable network’s summer scripted series to learn its fate, scoring a 10-episode fourth-season pickup. In Season 3, stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar were joined by Heather Locklear, who had a one-year deal, so I hear a new agreement needs to be ironed out for her to return for Season 4. Franklin & Bash opened its third season in the new Wednesday 9 PM slot with 2 million Live+Same Day viewers and closed it out with 2.2 million for the finale. Created by Kevin Falls and Bill Chais, the buddy show is produced by FanFare Prods in association with Sony Pictures TV. Franklin & Bash joins TNT’s recently renewed Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Perception and Falling Skies, while King & Maxwell was cancelled.
Actor Breckin Meyer is establishing himself as an in-demand series creator. Thursdays, an ensemble single-camera from the Men At Work creator, has landed at NBC with a script order plus penalty. The project, from Sony TV, where Meyer is under an overall deal, and studio-based Fanfare, revolves around a group of male friends and a weekly Thursday guys dinner that has become a tradition in their busy, chaotic lives. Meyer is co-writing the script with Jesse Stern (NCIS) and will executive produce alongside Fanfare’s Jamie Tarses. Thursdays further expands Meyer’s relationship with Sony TV and Fanfare which are also behind his starring vehicle as an actor, TNT dramedy Franklin & Bash, as well as his first series as a creator, TBS comedy Men At Work, which was recently renewed for a third season. Meyer, repped by ICM Partners, Thruline and David Weber, previously worked as a writer on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, on which he also is a voice cast member. He also co-wrote an episode of Franklin & Bash last year.
Despite playing a lawyer on TNT’s lighthearted legal drama “Franklin & Bash,” Breckin Meyer is known by fans to be, well, a bit goofy. And hopefully, Wednesday night’s series finale will reveal if a) Franklin confesses his love for District Attorney Ellen Swatello and b) if Rob Lowe kicks some F&B booty. In the meantime, we share some personal travel info about Meyer, including his penchant for sock puppets and suit-wearing piggy banks from Tijuana.
What’s something you never fail to pack in your suitcase?
Socks — some to wear and some to make into sock puppets when I get bored.
Carry-on or check-in?
Carry-on. It makes me feel like Jason Bourne. I land and I’m gone. I mean, I’m still waiting for a cab for a while, but I’m gone-ish.
Window or aisle?
Window. I like keeping an eye on the cities I travel above. Y’know, making sure I’ll see the Breck signal if it goes off. OK, look, there is no Breck signal … yet. And it probably should have a cooler name, but that’s for the citizens to decide.
Do you bring food with you on plane? If so, what do you typically pack?
I’ll bring some almonds and a bottle of water. Or, if I’m feeling frisky, and the airport has it, a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Blueberry muffin. Travel tip: As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, avoid bringing the fast food or cafeteria chow on the plane. A long metal tube with the power scent of a Big Mac and fries … Me no like.
Favorite hotel you’ve ever stayed?
Hotel Caesar Augustus on the island of Capri. If ya got young’uns, the Grand Wailea on Maui. But if you don’t have young’uns, but wanna practice making ‘em, Hotel Caesar Augustus on Capri.
What’s your idea of the perfect vacation?
Hawaii or Capri with my girls.
Tell us about a vacation you’ve taken that’s come close thus far.
I went to Hawaii and Capri with my girls. That probably sounded snarky, but, I mean, you asked. Look, let’s not fight. We both said some things we shouldn’t have. I love you, Yahoo!
What’s the worst vacation mishap you’ve experienced?
Was attempting a very romantic trip and was delayed on the runway when a terrible storm started dumping rain. From my window seat, I watched my bags getting demolished by the rain. On the bright side, the airline lost my luggage. I spent that sexy vacation wearing a gift shop bathing suit with that weird underwear sewn in and a sweet peach-colored tank top with the hotel logo on it.
Where’s your favorite destination for filming on location?
I love shooting in New York and London.
What’s the silliest souvenir you’ve ever brought back from a trip?
My father took me to Tijuana when I was a kid, where I fell for this giant piggy bank of a pig wearing a suit. No idea why I wanted it, but I got it. The customs agent probably thought I was a 12-year-old drug mule. My dad probably thought he raised me wrong.
Ever try a food you wished you hadn’t?
“Pizza” in Bulgaria. If you had it with me you’d put it in quotes, too.
Favorite restaurant you’ve discovered while traveling.
Aurora in Capri, Italy. Serendipity 3 in New York; I’m an ice cream junkie. I mean, it’s not a problem. I can stop anytime I want to. I swear. Stop looking at me like that! YOU DON’T KNOW ME!!!
Biggest regret you’ve ever had while on vacation.
Any long walk to see an inactive volcano, or outing that requires a “van ride.” Also, that fight club I discovered in the basement of Trump International was sketchy, but I did make some good friends.
The one thing you’re willing to splurge on when traveling above all else.
Food and swimming with any animal that might teach me the true meaning of friendship.
Three songs on your travel playlist?
Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic,” Damien Rice’s “Amie” and Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose,” but only when stepping off the plane.
Where would you take someone visiting your hometown for the first time?
Craig’s in West Hollywood is my home away from home. Order the Chocolate Pizza for dessert. It ain’t on the menu, but tell ‘em I sent ya. (Full disclosure: my friends and I helped create it).
You only get one more trip in your lifetime. Where will it be?
Back to Capri, or that island from “Lost,” cuz I’ve always wanted to surf with a polar bear.
Screencaptures from 1.02 – She Came Upstairs to Kill Me are now up in the gallery.
The third season of Franklin & Bash has been moved up to June 19th at 9pm on TNT.