*With the drama of her divorce in the rear view mirror, Garcelle Beauvais is back in the driver’s seat with a return to series television tomorrow night in TNT’s “Franklin & Bash.”
One network exec describes the show as a “funny legal procedural” starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as lifelong friends and “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants lawyers who are recruited to work at a button-down law firm and shake things up a bit.”
Beauvais plays Hanna Linden, a veteran member and star of the firm. She brings in the most billable hours and does not hesitate to use her hotness to her advantage. The Haitian-born actress says she fell in love with the character as soon as she read the script.
“I thought, you know, she sort of takes no prisoners and doesn’t apologize for who she is,” she told us in January during a press conference with the actors. “And I think it’s great that what I like about her is that she can be strong and still be sexy, and I think one doesn’t sort of negate the other.”
The last time Beauvais was in the headlines, it was in April 2010 for exposing her second husband Mike Nilon’s alleged five-year extramarital affair through a blast e-mail at his place of business – contents of which were leaked to the New York Post, and then, to the world.
She filed for divorce from Nilon, an agent at Creative Artists Agency, on May 10 of last year following 10 years of marriage. The split was just finalized in April and she is now moving forward with their 3-year-old twin sons Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas, and her eldest son Oliver, born in 1991, with first husband, producer Daniel Saunders.
“Franklin & Bash,” which reunites Beauvais with her “NYPD Blue” costar Gosselaar, looks to be the perfect vehicle to help put the drama of the past year behind her.
“It’s just really fun. It’s a really fun character, and I love that the show is light,” says the actress, 44. “And I’ve worked with Mark-Paul before, and it was always very serious on ‘NYPD Blue,’ so it’s nice that we get to sort of goof off and, yeah, it’s nice to be sort of like the sane person in this.”
- “Franklin & Bash” premieres Wednesday, June 1, at 9 p.m. on TNT.
- Below: A trailer for the show and Beauvais discussing her drama-filled divorce on “The Talk.”