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…