Franklin & Bash have tried their last case.
TNT has cancelled the legal dramedy starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar after four seasons, TVWise has learned.
The show, from Kevin Fall, Bill Chais and Sony Pictures Television, followed the exploits of Jared Franklin and Peter Bash, two street wise lawyers who, after defeating the well known law firm of Infeld & Daniels, are recruited to work at the firm to boost their litigation department. In addition to Meyer and Gosselaar, the show also starred Malcolm McDowell, Reed Diamond, Kumail Nanjiani and Dana Davis
A top ratings performer for TNT early in its run, Franklin & Bash has steadily been losing its audience over the past few years and very nearly didn’t swing a fourth season renewal – which came with a budget reduction, resulting in the departure of several series regulars at the end of the third season, most notably Heather Locklear.
Across its fourth season, Franklin & Bash averaged 1.2 million viewers, down 42% on the season three average. That sharp ratings decline, coupled with the lack of any real ratings bump in L7, is what led to today’s decision not to order a fifth season.
The cancellation also follows the recent departure of TNT & TBS President Michael Wright, who was part of the team that developed Franklin & Bash (which was initially set up at TBS before seguing to TNT), and last week’s appointment of Kevin Reilly as his successor.
This is the first of many expected changes to the drama brand at TNT due to the recent change in leadership. It is presently unclear if the network’s executives will pull the trigger and order new seasons of the Sean Bean drama Legends, and Rizzoli & Isles, which has been a top rated show for almost its entire run.