With their sharp thinking and irreverent courtroom shenanigans, Jared Franklin and Peter Bash won many cases in the first season of TNT's "Franklin & Bash," and the show won many fans and earned a second season.

A large part of the show's success is due to the playful chemistry between its stars, Breckin Meyer (Franklin) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Bash), who don't turn off the funny when they're not on set. Like when I ask Meyer about writing an episode this season, and Gosselaar teases his buddy that he gave his character more lines than he usually gets.

"I had a lot more lines," Meyer responds, laughing. "I had the funny stuff, too."

In the new season of the comedy procedual, which premieres at 9 p.m. June 5 on TNT, the lawyers' own success at the powerful LA law firm that recruited them last season will have them struggling to maintain their "fight for the little guy" values. But you can bet that inner turmoil won't keep them from the courtroom hijinks fans love.

Gosselaar and Meyer were in Chicago recently to talk about the show's success, how much of it is improv and what will happen to their characters this season. (I'll have more about the episode Meyer wrote in a later post.)

We're you surprised by how popular the show became in Season 1?
Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Yeah. We wouldn't be our humble selves if we thought that, you know, everyone was going to like the show as much as they did.
Breckin Meyer: I mean, yeah, pleasantly. No, I think we were happy that people liked it, honestly, as much as kind of we enjoyed making it. When we found out we got through to the second season we were really happy, 'cause we have a really good time doing it.
MPG: I don't know if it's us, but I was also surprised fans caught all the little nuances.
BM: Yeah.
MPG: The things that we enjoy as fans of our own show, which sounds really pretentious but it's really not, but...
BM: But it does sound pretentious.
MPG: But we're such fans of our show and find little nuances in our show and then it just...
BM: That make us laugh.
MPG: And make us giggle and a lot of the fans picked up on those things. When we talk to a lot of them they usually express their appreciation for those kind of little moments, those asides and stuff that don't seem scripted.

But are they scripted?
MPG: Most of the time.

Really? Many seem so natural that I thought they were just you guys riffing.
BM: Yeah, there's a lot of that. We stick to the script and then there's usually one or two takes where they'll let us riff. It's usually the ins and outs. It's usually the buttons of the scenes you riff on and they change, just to keep it fresh with us 'cause we have such long days it's like we'll just--