FX is bulking up on Lionsgate/Debmar-Mercury sitcoms. The cable network has picked up the as-yet untitled Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence comedy in a 10/90 deal. Per the terms of this deal (which is identical to those struck with Lionsgate/Debmar-Mercury for Anger Management and Saint George), the series has been given an order for 10 episodes and assuming certain ratings criteria are met during the initial 10 episode run, a further order for 90 episodes will be automatically triggered.
Starring Grammer and Lawrence, the comedy series follows two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. Brought together by fate and greed, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives. Grammnet NH Productions, You Go Boy Productions, Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury are producing with Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence, Brian Sher, Stella Bulochnikov, Michael Green and Sam Maydew serving as executive producers. Comedy veterans Bob Boyett and Robert Horn will write and also executive producer the skein.
“With the merging of two comedic geniuses, as well as two legendary showrunners, we couldn’t have a stronger team on board for this show and can’t wait to get to work,” said Chuck Saftler, President of Program Strategy and COO of FX Networks. “We’re also thrilled to be continuing our relationship with the pros at Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury.”
“I am excited to be returning to TV and to be working with Kelsey,” said Martin Lawrence. “We have a great time together so I am looking forward to making a good show with a lot of laughs.”
Kelsey Grammer commented: “Martin is arguably one of the funniest men alive and after some success in drama I thought it might be time to try my hand at comedy. I am thrilled to have this extraordinary team show me the ropes. All kidding aside, I don’t think a better bunch of talent exists; I am honored and blessed.”
While Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein added: “Pair two great actors and comedy legends with the executive producing team behind some of the most memorable sitcoms ever, mix in the outstanding team at FX and you have all of the ingredients for another TV classic. Our 10/90 model is all about delivering brand names and concepts that will grab viewers instantly, having incredible creative auspices and a very supportive network. This sitcom surpasses our criteria on virtually every level.”