Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Steele: 'How to Get Away w/ Murder' & 'Black-ish' - the Good & the Bad Steele: 'How to Get Away w/ Murder' & 'Black-ish' - the Good & the Bad "Randy, Red Superfreak and Julia" - 'Scandal' Season 4 Premiere Recap "Randy, Red Superfreak and Julia" - 'Scandal' Season 4 Premiere Recap 'How to Get Away with Murder' Episode 1 Recap + Your Thoughts... 'How to Get Away with Murder' Episode 1 Recap + Your Thoughts... Read What YOU Thought About 'Black-ish' After Last Night's Premiere... Read What YOU Thought About 'Black-ish' After Last Night's Premiere... Storm Would Have to be Recast for Future 'X-Men' Movies. Who Would You Like to See Play Her? Storm Would Have to be Recast for Future 'X-Men' Movies. Who Would You Like to See Play Her? 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want to Check Out (9/23/14) 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want to Check Out (9/23/14) Awkward Black Girl's Next Misadventure: Her Own Studio Awkward Black Girl's Next Misadventure: Her Own Studio 101-Year-Old Film Footage Found in Museum's Collection Is Earliest-Known Feature Made w/ Black Actors. First Public Screening in Nov. 101-Year-Old Film Footage Found in Museum's Collection Is Earliest-Known Feature Made w/ Black Actors. First Public Screening in Nov. Once Supporters Now Critical of Actress Daniele Watts, as Civil Rights Activists Call on Actress to Apologize Once Supporters Now Critical of Actress Daniele Watts, as Civil Rights Activists Call on Actress to Apologize Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) Thankfully, 'The Equalizer' Gets an "R" Rating From the MPAA (No Surprise Here) Thankfully, 'The Equalizer' Gets an "R" Rating From the MPAA (No Surprise Here) Early Reviews Say 'How To Get Away With Murder' is Very Much in the Style of 'Scandal.' Good Thing or Not? Early Reviews Say 'How To Get Away With Murder' is Very Much in the Style of 'Scandal.' Good Thing or Not? Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Denzel Washington Reveals Daughter Is In 'Django Unchained' + Roles He Regrets Rejecting Denzel Washington Reveals Daughter Is In 'Django Unchained' + Roles He Regrets Rejecting Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More) Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More)

Martin Lawrence/Kelsey Grammer 'Odd Couple'-Like Comedy Series Pairing Moving Forward

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 28, 2013 at 7:57PM

An update on this TV pairing first announced in January, which is now on its way to becoming a reality...
0
Martin Lawrence

An update on this TV pairing first announced in January, which is now on its way to becoming a reality...

Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence will be co-starring in and co-producing a comedy backed by Lionsgate, which has been described as a buddy series with an Odd Couple feel - the 1970s ABC series that starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as 2 men with different lifestyles who share a Manhattan apartment, and all the conflict and laughs between them.

THR is now reporting that the project is indeed moving forward, with Bob Boyett and Robert Horn writing and executive producing.

Previous credits for Boyett and Horn include hits like Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, Full House, Living Single and Designing Women

Development on the project will begin effective immediately.

As I said before, I think Martin and Grammer are an intriguing, if unlikely pairing. Both are apparently free since Kelsey Grammer's Starz drama Boss was canceled last fall after 2 seasons, and Martin Lawrence's CBS pilot wasn't picked up last year. 

But if anyone had told me that they'd be getting together to star in a comedy series, I probably wouldn't have believed it without hardcore evidence.

While comparisons to the Odd Couple, as well as Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, have been made, the Grammer/Lawrence series is an improbable enough pairing that whatever they cook up should stand entirely on its own.

Talks are said to have been going on since November, with the project now put on fast track.

As long as Martin leaves his Sheneneh and Big Momma costumes in the closet, I'm in...

This article is related to: TV News, Martin Lawrence


Shadow & ActNewsletter