The buddy comedy Franklin & Bash has been renewed by TNT for a fourth season.
Once considered a “bubble show” it has turned into an increasingly popular series for stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer.
The two men play young, unconventional attorneys, who despite their best efforts manage to win cases while having a good time.
The Turner-owned network has provided the cast with 10 original episodes that will run during the network’s summer lineup.
The summer drama wrapped its third season in August 2013.
TNT is attempting to create a large run of scripted original for the summer schedule. Included in that run are Falling Skies, Perception, Rizzoli & Isles and Major Crimes.
Franklin & Bash aired this past season at 9pm on Wednesdays. The shows season finale attracted 2.2 million total views, up 200,000 compared to the season premiere.
The only show that failed to be renewed for TNT’s summer lineup was King & Maxwell.
TNT is attempting to create a year-round schedule that will include Frank Darabont’s Mob City in December and The Last Ship and Legends in 2014.
An increasing number of cable and traditional over-the-air networks are attempting to create year round schedules that keep viewers attention throughout the year. Some of those shows, including America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance have managed to attract massive audiences, and they have done so during a time that was once thought off-bounds for anything other than reruns, morning shows, and nightly news programs.
Do you think year round programming is a good way for TV networks to attract a bigger audience while keeping our short attention spans busy with new and engaging programming?