7 items from 2014
Next year's Atx Television Festival will feature two high-profile reunions: The cast of the Gilmore Girls and the Dawson’s Creek writers' room. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel will be on hand for a panel honoring the 15th anniversary of the show’s debut. "So, after years of peace and quiet, these lunatics have chosen to get the chattiest chicks in the world back under one roof? Really? Okay. You asked for it," Palladino said in a statement. "Gilmore was the highlight of my ridiculous life. I can't wait to sit with »
- Natalie Abrams
We wish Zack Morris could call time-out on this decision. TNT has canceled Franklin & Bash after its recently wrapped fourth season. The legal drama starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar finished out its final airing in late October, having recently lost its cocreator Kevin Falls. This is just the latest in a string of renewal and cancellation news, so if you've missed any lately, check in on our Fall TV scorecard. »
TNT has closed the book on “Franklin and Bash” after four seasons.
The writing was on the wall for the series in season four as it opened to a modest 1.2 million viewers and slid thereafter to end its 10-episode season with about 975,000 viewers. The show’s 18-49 demo numbers were also weak, failing to rise about a .5 in live-plus-same day numbers.
“Franklin and Bash” is also likely to be an example of the lighter, blue-sky shows that TNT is looking to move away from under the new regime led by Kevin Reilly, the Fox and NBC vet who was tapped last week as prexy of TNT and TBS.
- Cynthia Littleton
Bill Chais and Kevin Falls, who both previously worked together as writers on the short-lived Emmy-nominated James Woods legal drama Shark, teamed up in 2011 for an all-new legal drama, Franklin & Bash, which follows lawyers and lifelong friends Jared Franklin and Peter Bash, a pair of unconventional lawyers whose M.O. typically involves them doing everything a lawyer shouldn’t (drinking in court, hitting on clients) in order to win their cases. Once such case sees the duo score legal win against the large and prestigious law firm Infield Daniels, which brings them to the attention of Stanton Infield, one of the said firm’s major partners, who recruits the pair to work for the very firm they beat in court – bringing both their legal skills and their sense of »
- Phil Wheat
The Journeyman creator is returning to his former home. Kevin Falls has inked a multiyear overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television, where he produced his time-jumping Kevin McKidd drama seven years ago. More recently, Falls co-created and ran TNT's Franklin & Bash via a long-term deal at Sony Pictures Television. Read more THR's Fall TV Preview “We’ve had a long history with Kevin and we couldn’t be happier to have him back in the studio fold. He’s a terrific guy, incredibly passionate and driven, and his scripts always feel so contemporary and real," said 20th
- Lacey Rose
Since Frank Underwood became president on Netflix’s House of Cards, I’ve had this geek fantasy of him debating Josiah Bartlet, Martin Sheen’s idealistic and professorial president from The West Wing. Bartlet’s Washington, D.C., was the proverbial shining city on a hill, a place where intelligent, well-intentioned people gravitated to do the peoples’ business. Underwood’s capital is the nasty underbelly of a trough coated by man’s craven pursuit of power for power’s sake. It’s practically Kennedy’s Camelot versus Nixononian realpolitik. To paraphrase Anthony Hopkins’ Nixon in Oliver Stone’s 1995 movie, “When look at The West Wing, »
- Jeff Labrecque
A live-action adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's comic book series "Powers" is on the way as an hour-long PlayStation original drama series. The Wall Street Journal broke the news, reporting that Sony Pictures Television is developing the property. "Powers," written by Bendis and drawn by Oeming, follows two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, as they investigate superhero-related homicides. The series launched in 2004 through Image Comics and is now published by Marvel's Icon imprint. A television version of "Powers" was in the works some years back with "Journeyman" creator Kevin Falls drafting a never-released pilot that starred Lucy Punch and Jason Patric as Detectives Pilgrim and Walker. »
7 items from 2014
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