Before becoming a great big movie star, Martin Lawrence was one of those comedy success stories in which a stand-up comic gets his or her own popular and long-running sitcom on network TV. Martin, which starred Lawrence and Tisha Campbell, ran for five seasons in the mid-'90s on FOX and gave Lawrence a weekly showcase for his comedy and a cast of characters he would play himself, including "ghetto girl" Shenehneh, Mama and old man Otis. Now, over 20 years after Martin first debuted, it looks like Lawrence could be returning to situation comedy with a very unlikely co-start: Kelsey Grammer.
Very little is known about the possible show first reported at Deadline Hollywood, other than that Lawrence and Grammer are pursuing the half hour comedy together and that it's in "fast track" development. Given the pedigree of the two stars, that's no surprise -- both have a proven track record on television (Grammer starred and racked up on Emmy Awards on both Cheers and Frasier, but has spent the years since doing slow-to-non-starters like Back to You or the critically acclaimed by short-lived cable drama Boss). I'm guessing this thing ends up on your TV schedule faster than you think.
What do you guys think? Is anyone excited about Martin Lawrence coming back to TV? Once upon a time, stars who got big in TV shows bailed and went to the movies; nowadays, much of the best entertainment being created is on TV. Lawrence's return is probably more than just a reaction to a stalled movie career. The opportunities are just better on TV. Plus, we can finally see Shenehneh and Frasier Crane share the same space.
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