News Briefs: FX Orders a Comedy Starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence

LET THE LAUGHS BEGIN NEWS

... FX has ordered a new untitled comedy starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer as mismatched lawyers who end up being buddies. The deal, dubbed a 10/90, is similar to the one FX struck with Anger Management; FX is asking for 10 episodes, and if those 10 episodes hit a certain target in the ratings department, FX will order 90 more episodes. FX has a similar deal with a new comedy starring George Lopez. If TV Land is the new graveyard for older actors, FX's 10/90 comedies are the coma ward. [FX via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Singer John Legend won't let his dream of getting into the TV business die. After a few failed attempts at producing, Legend has a new project in the works at Showtime. The half-hour comedy would follow the lives of big-time music producers, and be loosely based on Legend's life, which probably involves all kinds of opulence and pretty ladies and man, I'm already jealous. [Deadline Hollywood]

... *record scratch* Nashville music boss T Bone Burnett is leaving the series between seasons, and will hand over his post to Buddy Miller, Burnett's righthand man in Season 1. Burnett produced all the original tunes for the country-music drama and co-composed the score. And why is this way more weird than your normal story about a guy leaving a really hard job on a network show? Burnett is married to Nashville creator Callie Khouri. Awkward! [THR]

... Talking Dead and Nerdist host Chris Hardwick is totally busier than I'll ever be in a million lifetimes. The comedian/podcaster will host Midnight on Comedy Central, a game show that has a connection to social media. Look for it this fall but don't get it confused with Hardwick's one thousand other shows. [Splitsider]

... HBO has passed on the in-development Hobgoblin, a period piece set during WWII about magicians and illusionists who use their craft to take down Hitler and the Nazi regime. Why did HBO pass on it? Because it's a period piece set during WWII about magicians and illusionists who use their craft to take down Hitler and the Nazi regime. FX is reportedly looking at picking it up, but maybe they should reconsider because it's a period piece set during WWII about magicians and illusionists who use their craft to take down Hitler and the Nazi regime! [The Wrap]

... Disney Channel has ordered I Didn't Do It to series. It's a comedy starring Olivia Holt and Austin North, and follows fraternal twins in high school. But it also has a gimmick: Each episode is built around two main characters offering their own accounts of a situation, which comes to light through flashbacks. This idea is good for one episode in the lifetime of normal comedies, but Disney is going for an entire series of it. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... NBC's upcoming drama Believe is already changing things up. Sienna Guillory, originally cast as a series regular, will see her character written out of the show now that producers have decided on a new direction. In the J.J. Abrams-produced drama about a young woman named Bo with special abilities, Guillory's character was a professional goon attempting to kidnap her. But now several new bad guys will be written in with the hopes that one becomes a series regular. [THR]

... Desperate Housewives vet Doug Savant will guest-star on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles. He'll play a mock trial adviser in a September episode. [EW]

... The Veronica Mars movie will bring back New Girl star Max Greenfield as Deputy Leo. Basically, everyone who was originally part of Veronica Mars will be back for the movie. [EW]

... Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will lend his voice to Futurama's final season, and not for just any role; I'm talking about the character who owes me 10,000,000 tears. MacFarlane will voice Seymour, Fry's dog from 1999 who was the centerpiece of the series' masterpiece "Jurassic Bark." Listen for MacFarlane in the August 14 episode. [EW]

... The man who promised us we'd like the way we looked for several decades has been fired. George Zimmer, pitchman and executive chairman for Men's Wearhouse, was canned by board members of the company he founded. Ummm... this doesn't sound fair. Zimmer appeared in bajillions of commercials for the chain of suit stores, featuring his signature tagline, "You're going to like the way you look, I guarantee it." [USA Today]

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I think Kelsey Grammer should do a guest spot on Hot in Cleveland! It would be great!
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Bring BOSS Back :( ,, anything with Grammer i will see it. He's Grate Actor but has a bad luck, i hat it when they cancel a grate show cuz of Advertising or rating, do voting first.
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FX please don't make any of these shows. If you want a Kelsey Grammer show, revive Boss.
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I hope it airs on a non-cable station too.
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I hope FX does aire new comedy. I enjoy both of these actors and I think they would make a great comedy team as long as FX doesn't have them doing a lot of race related material, that stuff just makes for a bad show, TO ME!
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Dear FX, thanks for keeping actors I don't want appearing on other shows out of circulation for long periods. Also, thanks again for freeing Selma Blair from this purgatory.
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"a young woman named Bo with special abilities" is already a show... from Canada... called 'Lost Girl'...
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I'd totally watch Hobgoblin. Who doesn't want to see magicians and illusionists take down Hitler?! Also, my excitement for the VM movie is rapidly building up. At this point, I just wanna see the movie! Not everyone is back, Tim. You forgot about Vinnie Van Lowe!
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Hot in Cleveland is on TV Land.

Danny Pudi from Community appeared on the live premiere episode of of Hot in Cleveland last night.

That makes Hot in Cleveland cool.

From now on, you kids now have to watch the "old actors" on Hot in Cleveland.
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I would have agreed were it not for season 4. danny pudi lost all cool points. he has to earn them back.
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season 4 of community that is*
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I'll give the Grammer/Lawrence show a chance: would be better if it were starring Frasier and Sheneneh...
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Oh FX, how could you give Martin Lawrence another show? And Kelsey Grammer, you can do better, man! A legal "Odd Couple", really? Disappointing. Maybe it'll have some FX edge and not be schlocky junk a la Anger Management.

Hobgoblin sounds like it could have been good, a WW2-era Mission Impossible (the show, not the James Bond-ripoff films) with more focus on the trickery, but also these days expensive. I'd like to see it, Tim's impressions aside.

SON OF A BITCH! I knew I recognized New Girl's Max Greenfield from somewhere, but couldn't put my finger on it. So I guess Leo got to keep his job after all, it was so weird how he was trying to date a high school student on the show and that didn't get him fired.

Seth MacFarlane already guested on Futurama, he sang the opening theme to Into the Wild Green Yonder, I'm not sure it's wise to use his smart-alecky voice for Seymour, but it's in the can so hopefully he'll keep the character's emotional dignity and center intact (yes I'm aware he's named "Seymour Asses" and swims in pizza sauce, but he had dignity damnit!).
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Tim, I think there's a mistake in this sentence: "Sienna Guillory, originally cast as a series regular, will see her character written after the show after producers decided on a new direction." The context makes it seem like her character will be written OFF the show after producers decided on a new direction.
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Kelsey Grammar will never really get away from his Frasier Crane character. But hey, let's hope this works.
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Guys, I'm worried about FX. How does one channel manage to air the best, most brilliant comedies on television but then also the absolute worst pieces of shit around? Should we stage an intervention? Is it drugs? It has to be drugs.
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That's my initial response because I really don't like Martin Lawrence, but say what you want about Kelsey Grammer, he usually doesn't do anything that isn't high quality. So, I'll give it a chance.
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I think Kelsey Grammer is a very underrated comedic actor (ok, not "very", he won 5 emmys), but he did "Back to You" which - while I also thought it was underrated - was not high quality, he did the sitcom "Hank" right after that which wasn't high quality, he did "Down Periscope" which was a fun movie but pretty cheesy too.

Annnnnyway, that aside it does seem like FX is trying to become a haven for lame shitcoms, and I still don't know how they can go back to working with Martin Lawrence after all the drama making his Fox sitcom, "Martin".
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OK, admittedly I love Down Periscope, because it's dumb and I saw it at a very impressionable age, but in general I don't find Grammer to be very funny or compelling. And both he and Lawrence seem like relics from the '90's. So... I guess I'm just letting my preconceived notions color my opinion of this new sitcom.

That, plus I just frickin loathe sitcoms.
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Down Periscope has 2 fans, that's astounding.

Grammer I don't think he's run his course, while I never saw it, Boss got decent buzz and is risking a movie, that's not the move of a relic. Then again, I'm biased, I think Ted Danson's inclusion in CSI salvaged that aging show (it's not only Cheers actors probably).

If you don't like sitcoms, why gripe about the range of them? Are you just trying to protect FX? They put on Louie and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Archer, those are all strong shows, they're not going anywhere yet.
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Agh sorry, that was more in response to smorbie, but I guess it's all yours now! You had me at "Down Periscope".
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You have the advantage, sir. I've never heard of either of those shows. I did try to watch Martin, but turned off the pilot in disgust within the first couple of minutes. I guess I'm just hoping Grammer is not going to be involved in something really lowbrow (like the show Martin seemed to be). Grammer is too good for that.
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I watched Martin on and off in its initial run and never liked it primarily because of the star.

Not many folks watched Back to You despite an amazing cast - Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Ty Burrell, Fred Willard, Josh Gad, and behind the scenes it was Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd (the writer/producer, not the actor) and James Burrows.

I didn't watch Hank aside from the pilot. But he took the job.
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Grammar canceled Hank on his own, from what I understand, as he knew after about 6 episodes it was not going good. The worst thing about that was it pulled Jordan Hinson from Eureka.
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I'm afraid to watch Jurassic Bark again, because I know I'm just going to cry like a baby.

We had to put our dog to sleep last month and it still stings. Watching that episode would probably send me into a depression-spiral.
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It's impossible not to be emotional about that episode at any point, but that is a rough situation. Still, if you look at the emotional statement of the episode, it speaks to loyalty and respect and a life well-lived. Those are positive things to focus on, even if they do bring strong emotions to the surface.

Also, I'm sorry for your loss.
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They should leave Seymour alone.

They already retconned that epic episode with one of the mini-movies. A time-travelling Fry goes back to the past to live out his days with Seymour.

The Jurassic Bark episode was epic, and the mini-movie diluted it. Now having someone actually voice that dog? :Sigh:
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Bender's Big Score, and I think one can enjoy both messages separately, 2 different time streams each with their own special messages regarding Seymour, but I do see your point, Seymour in the second timestream doesn't die of old age after years of loyally waiting in front of Panucci's Pizza.
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"...will see her character written after the show after producers decided..."
It may be really early in the morning but I can't make sense of this. Written... out? I presume. After the... first couple of episodes? Or what? Does this mean she quits the show entirely or just that she won't have as big a role as we were originally lead to believe?
...nevermind I'll just google it.
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Am I cray for thinking Hobgoblin sounds kinda cool?
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not at all
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I hope the barrage of actors returning for the Veronica Mars movie doesn't get in the way of telling a movie-quality story. That's far more important than pandering to fans.
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I see your point, but will risk it.
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JJ Abrams's show looks really stupid. Nothing is more worrysome than an all male production team telling the story of a young girl. Of course she has a MALE protector! Its going to suck, and suck big time - but hey, that's why he sold it to NBC. Plus, why don't they just leave 'Bo' out of it -we already have a supernatural 'Bo' who doesn't need some dude protecting her (even though we love 'Dyson'). 'Lost Girl' for the win.

To bring Seth MacFarlane into the world of one of the truly wonderful 'Futurama' episodes kind of spoils its charm. Don't like this idea, not one bit. Don't want 'Seymour' to bear any resemblance to 'Brian'.

HBO passed on 'Hobgoblin' because it looks like its going to cost somebody a fortune to make well and they already have 2 supernatural dramas airing. Interesting the news comes after 'True Blood' had such a great opening night. Looks like the folks in Bon Temps aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
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"MacFarlane will voice Seymour, Fry's dog from 1999 that was the centerpiece of the series' masterpiece "Jurassic Bark.""

Please, writers, don't hurt that episode's legacy by doing something stupid with the dog. The idea that it will have a voice for an episode really worries me. Hopefully it will turn out well...
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George Clooney. South Park.
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Kind of too late, they ruined it with one of the mini-movies. Fry travels back to the 21st century and spends time with Seymour.

After a couple of years together, we find it was Bender's fault Seymour was fossilized.
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In Jurassic Bark, Seymour lays on the sidewalk and goes to sleep, yet his flash-fossilized remains are standing upright, so the discrepancy was already there. One could argue that it's possible they pre-planned that a la the Number 9 guy and Nibbler being in Applied Cryogenics.
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But I thought the Seymour scene implied him waiting there multiple seasons... at least one year's worth. Also the Pizza-Place owner gets visibly older.

With Fry, I thought older-duplicate-Fry got 12 years with Seymour, and that Seymour aged 12 years between Fry getting (originally) frozen and dying. Hence... the years don't add up.

In either case, as much as I'm glad Seymour got to spend time with his buddy after all... it still seems like it takes away from the impact of Jurassic Bark's scene.
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It does imply exactly that, and Panucci's does get older and decrepit, I think the movie argues that when Fry leaves for Leelu the Narwhal, that's some of the time you see in Jurassic Bark where Seymour is waiting dutifully. It's a cheat, just as arguing every scene in the original where he's waiting could be a mere day, but it's open to it. I would suggest just taking it as 2 timestreams so that both things are true or at least possible.

Nothing can take away from Jurassic Bark's impact, that's a powerful moment. Yes there is a time-travel moment that either addresses or changes the moment in later events, but that original moment and message is crystallized forever.
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Aside from the Big Momma shit, I've always kinda liked Martin Lawrence.

Aside from some of his post-Frasier sitcoms, I've always kinda liked Kelsey Grammer.

But I kinda hate the pairing. But who knows, maybe pairing them together will be brilliant.
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God I remember that Futurama episode, I cried like a baby!
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I'm so tired of the mismatched lawyers/cops who end up being buddies premise.
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How dare you undermine TNT's very lifeblood? ;-)
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I guess Hellboy and Capt. America were unavailable for Hobgoblin to add enough realism;-)
Futurama will be the only Seth MacFarlane appearance that doesn't require longer credits for his positions!
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Why does it sound that odd for FX to pick up Hobgoblin? Its plot sounds about on par with the average season of American Horror Story.
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"Basically, everyone who was in Veronica Mars will be back for the movie."

Even Backup?
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No! FX; Why are you so desperate for long-running comedies starring terrible people? D: (Martin; not Kelsey)
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Disney Channel version of Rashomon... Dear lord...
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Kelsey Grammer was great in Boss but I'm pessimist about this show with Martin Lawrence.
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Had J.J. Abrams not seen Lost Girl? A show about a woman named Bo with special abilities?
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One's an adult succubus, the others a 10-year old flying telekinetic precog.
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The two couldn't be any more dissimilar. One's a bisexual vampire (or something....I don't watch it) and the other is some kind of Messianic figure akin to Jesus.
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So you haven't seen either and are just making flat out guesses, yet you know you are right. You sound kind of ...whats the word...?. Why even steal the name? Its lazy.
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