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Kelsey Grammer is on the lookout for a new TV gig after Starz cancelled Boss after two seasons. He might have found it. The former Fraiser star is reportedly interested in working with Martin Lawrence in a sitcom for Lionsgate TV.
Deadline first reported Thursday that the plan was hatched just before Thanksgiving, during a meeting with Lionsgate, Lawrence and Grammer. The actors showed chemistry and the project started rolling. The site did not mention why Lawrence and Grammer were in a meeting together with Lionsgate in the first place, though.
Grammer was told to stay mum about the project until after his divorce from Camille was finalized, since she still owns part of Grammnet Productions. The fear was that she might claim that she had a hand in creating the project, but since the divorce has been settled, the project can go public.
The Grammer/Lawrence sitcom is on a fast-track and the studio has already been looking for writers and possible showrunners. A source claims that the sitcom might have an “odd couple” feel.
The multi-camera project would be produced by Lionsgate’s subsidiary Debmar-Mercury and they will look for a similar deal FX struck for Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management. In that deal, the series ‘ first 10 episodes had to meet a ratings threshold, then the network had to order another 90 episodes to be produced, which eventually happened. This is also the same system used for Tyler Perry’s TBS comedies and an upcoming George Lopez sitcom.
Like Grammer, Lawrence is also a sitcom veteran, having starred in his own Fox series for five years before hitting it big with 1995’s Bad Boys.
If the project does happen, it will be Grammer’s first TV role since Boss was cancelled in November.