“Franklin & Bash” returns for its third season on Wednesday night with a brand-new boss — Rachel King (Heather Locklear) — who will do her best to rein in the antics of legal wonder boys — Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar).
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“They’re awesome. But they’re together,” Locklear says of working with the guys. “I’ve never had a scene with just one of them. They’re always together like a couple. Like, ‘Can we talk for a moment?’ ‘No. Have to have both of us.’ Funny.”
When Rachel King joins the firm, one of the first things she does is build a wall between the two, so they are no longer share one office. It is one of the ways in which she tries to exert her authority over them and make them toe the line.
But as the season progresses, Locklear says, “You’ll see her not having such power over the guys. They start figuring out ways to get around her and not follow her every order. She’s proud of their wins and admires that, but [she wants them] to follow the rules and go by the book. The reputation of the firm is what she’s all about.”
Locklear has made quite the name for herself with successful TV series including “T.J. Hooker,” “Dynasty,” and “Spin City,” but she is probably best known for playing vixen Amanda Woodward on the original and the reboot of “Melrose Place.”
“I never played a lawyer before,” Locklear cites as one of the incentives of joining “Franklin & Bash.” “And, you know, when shows are on a couple seasons already, it’s always nice to go in when they are well-oiled machines.”
One thing that Rachel and Amanda have in common is they are both strong, sexy women who know their business, but Rachel, who is an excellent attorney, shouldn’t need to stoop to Amanda’s devious ways, or does she?
Heather does promise some Amanda-like behavior, saying, “Towards the end [of the season], she’s not pulling shenanigans, just a few sexcapades.”
One of those includes a girl-on-girl kiss with guest star Jane Seymour, who is back as Bash’s mother Coleen.
“She’s great,” Locklear said. “I don’t know how it came about, but I know that one of the executive producers was like, ‘How do you feel about kissing a woman?’ And I’m like, I’ve done that before onscreen, not in real life.’ And then she said, ‘How do you feel about kissing Jane Seymour?’ And I go, ‘I haven’t done it before. Be nice to try.’ So it’s we had a couple of scenes together and one where she was the aggressor. Yes, she was!”
Another high point of the season for Locklear is the premiere episode, which guest stars Piers Morgan as himself, in which Rachel faces off against Franklin and Bash before the boys know that she is their new boss. The issue they are debating on Morgan’s show is nudity — with surprising results that cause her to comment: “They have very nice asses.”
“I loved doing the episode with Piers Morgan and the guys,” Locklear told XfinityTV.com. “It was just really fun and funny and nice to be not on our set but on Piers Morgan’s set. And how it ends, that was really hilarious.”
Additional guest stars for Season 3 include Martin Starr, Tom Lennon, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Adam Goldberg, who will join the cast for cases involving a world famous magician, defending a dead man who is in fact alive, a heckling baseball fan and the owner of a space meteor.
“I’ve always loved being on TV,” Locklear says. “I loved being in a series. I love having a regular place to go to all the time.”
The third season of “Franklin & Bash” premieres Wednesday, June 19 at 9/8c with back-to-back episodes.