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Martin Lawrence And CBS Finally Settle On A New Series; Network Gives Greenlight To Family Comedy

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 24, 2012 3:10 PM
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So he finally settled on one!

Recall that, first announced last summer, Martin Lawrence and CBS have been developing 2 projects for the actor/comedian, with Bernie Mac creator and The Daily Show contributor Larry Wilmore behind one of the shows, and the other from Rules of Engagement creator Tom Hertz and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company.

In the Wilmore-created series, Marty Mar would play "a single man who becomes (along with his sister) a foster parent to several children."

And in Hertz's script, Mr Lawrence would star as "a family man trying to keep his kids grounded while facing off with his wealthy in-laws."

As of mid-January, neither was a definite go" but it was reported that CBS would pick one of them soon" after everyone involved has had time to "digest the 2 scripts."

Reported earlier today, CBS has given a green light to a still-untitled comedy starring Martin Lawrence.

Which one did they settle on?

It doesn't look like either of the above that were in consideration.

The project, Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger, will star Marty Mar as "a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46."

Marty Mar has been a little quiet lately hasn't he, despite last year's Big Momma's House threequel (the lowest-grossing of all the films in that franchise, which should hopefully help bury it permanently). He's been active behind the scenes though, producing 2 TV series, neither he starred in however. So this new CBS series will mark his return to TV-dom since his hit show Martin went off the air in 1997 (damn, it's been awhile).

And if I recall, there have been rumors of a potential Bad Boys threequel as well.

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  • SayNay | February 24, 2012 3:55 PMReply

    Wow, that's big! While the premise of the show I'm not that excited about, having black people on a CBS comedy where we're not background or the random 2-line sidekick is huge because that network has some of the whitest comedies on tv.

  • james | February 24, 2012 4:16 PM

    So true! Its so sad,the state of tv, in the 70's-90's when you would think there would be no African-american shows on television...there were so many...Now that times are different..there are virtually none...I find that an age where we have a black president...we cant even have a black show on network television...and cbs used to have goodtimes...jeffersons...

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