Are Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence Prepping Sitcom In Which They Will Both Star? Deadline
"Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are considering pairing up to star in and produce a multi-camera comedy together for Lionsgate TV and its subsidiary Debmar-Mercury," report Nikki Finke and Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
The story continues, "In the past few weeks, the studio has quietly sent out feelers to writers. In coming weeks, the studio will start meeting with potential creators/showrunners to pin down a concept for the buddy series, which sources say may have an 'odd couple' feel."
The article adds, "We hear the comedy would follow the production model of Charlie Sheen’s 'Anger Management,' also produced by Lionsgate TV and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. Most recently, 'Anger Management' following an original 10-episode run was given a back-90 pickup by FX and has been sold to the Fox stations. Under Debmar-Mercury’s 10-90 template, the company sells sitcoms to cable networks with an initial 10-episode straight-to-series order, which if a ratings target is met triggers a multi-season order as big as 90 episodes. The idea is for Debmar-Mercury to quickly amass enough episodes for the sitcom’s launch in broadcast syndication."