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Franklin & Bash: Cancel or Renew for Season Four?

Franklin and Bash: cancel or season fourTonight marks the end of the road for Franklin & Bash on TNT — at least for the moment. The legal dramedy hasn’t been renewed for a fourth season yet. Should it be brought back or, should the cable channel cancel it instead?

Franklin & Bash follows two streetwise attorneys (Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who’ve been hired by the eccentric managing partner (Malcolm McDowell) of a prestigious law firm to help breathe new life into the struggling company. Others in the cast include Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani, Reed Diamond, and Heather Locklear.

Season three of the show kicked off in June and the two-hour episode drew just 1.97 million viewers — a series low. Viewership improved as the weeks wore on but Franklin & Bash is still down significantly year-to-year.

It’s currently averaging 2.11 million viewers, a decline of 27% when compared to last year (2.88 million). What’s more, of the cable channel’s summer dramas, Franklin & Bash is easily the lowest-rated. Rizzoli & Isles (5.66 million), Major Crimes (4.87), Falling Skies (3.53) Perception (3.49), and King & Maxwell (3.11) all pull in much better numbers.

Based on the ratings, it seems very likely that TNT will cancel Franklin & Bash after tonight’s installment.

If the ratings are any indication, perhaps many viewers have lost interest? Clearly the addition of Heather Locklear to the cast didn’t draw many (or any) new viewers to the show.

But, what do you think? Is it time for Franklin & Bash to go? Is the show still worth watching? Should TNT cancel or renew the series for a fourth season?

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Daryl August 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I really like this show.
I thought this was a very strange season. Indeed Heather didn’t do much either.
I hope they get renewed and get another “eyecandy”.


Ryan Gilbert August 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Love this show, but season 3 was changed to much for me, Carmen and Pindar having little to no screen time is annoying, they were a major characters in the first 2 seasons. Also changed Stanton. And Hannah being gone now.


Matt August 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I love the show even with Locklear just because of the guys, McDowell, and Pindar and the support crew. It’s a great show. However, it was definitely better before and I knew as soon as I saw they ditched Garcelle for Heather, it wouldn’t have the effect they were hoping for. She’s like a show-killer these days. For some reason, casting directors don’t seem to understand that. They would have been far better off keeping the same formula and letting the show continue to improve and spread on its own than to force a change like that for shock value. I’ll definitely miss it.


Kat August 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Well, I know what the vote would be in my household. Here’s how our TNT viewing stacks up by show:

Rizzoli & Isles (5.66 million) – Dad
Major Crimes (4.87) – Mom and Dad
Falling Skies (3.53) – Dad and I
Perception (3.49) – Dad
King & Maxwell (3.11) – Mom and Dad
Franklin & Bash (2.11) – None of Us

Sad to say, but Franklin & Bash is the most expendable.


Don August 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Keep the show, but lose Heather Locklear. Her character is awful, her performance in the role is sub-par and her obvious plastic surgery is distracting. Rather than add viewers, her addition has actually cost the show viewers. I know two people who quit watching because of her character.


Rukia August 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I love this show and want TNT to renew Franklin & Bash for a 4th Season and also get rid of Heather Locklear.


SuPeRfAn August 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

best show ever on TNT.


SuPeRfAn August 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

This is the first show for Mark Paul Gossalar that has lasted beyond one season since Saved by the Bell. Meyer and Gossalar have great chemistry and it shows on screen. If TNT had one show that needed to stay on it should be Franklin & Bash. I’m roting for you guys.


Chris August 15, 2013 at 10:12 am

It’s one of my favorites, I hope they renew it.


AD August 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

It’s a good summer show. I hope it gets renewed. The addition of Heather Locklear is terrific! Can’t believe it’s rated below Major Crimes; that show did not impress me at all.


tvlandx August 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

They changed the show too much. Not enough Pindar, moved the house, and Heather Locklear is dreadful. Was one of my favorite summer shows but I tailed off this season.


jason August 15, 2013 at 3:08 am

Please renew the show. Worthwhile show.


Chris August 15, 2013 at 1:07 am

What a wonderfully witty show with a fun cast.. The ideas are great, please renew the show.


Teri Stewart August 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Please renew this show.


Theone Mokuau August 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I’ve just started to watch the series and have come to really enjoy it and should be renewed.


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