CBS Orders Martin Lawrence Comedy Pilot

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After nearly fifteen years, Martin Lawrence may be finally returning to television, as CBS has given a late-season order for a comedy pilot starring the famed comedian.

The currently untitled pilot, which will be written and executive produced by Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger ($#*! My Dad Says, How To Be A Gentleman) will see Lawrence portraying a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to become a police officer and enrolls himself into the police academy at the age 46.

While Lawrence has been off of television for well over a decade, CBS has been attempting to set up a new television series with Lawrence for almost a year. Last summer, it was reported that CBS was in deep negotiations with the Bad Boys star to develop two new comedy pilots. Recently, CBS tossed out both of the previous pilots and has given a pilot order for Lisbe and Reger’s yet untitled, multi-camera sitcom to move forward staring Lawrence.

Before becoming a big box office draw in the late-nineties, Lawrence was made famous by starring in one of the Fox network’s most successful live-action sitcoms, playing the titular character in Martin from 1992 until 1997. Martin went on to have a profitable run in syndication, but also marked the last of Lawrence’s major TV roles.

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Recently, Martin Lawrence has been keeping active behind the scenes by producing two TV series, Love That Girl for TV One and 1st Amendment Stand Up for Starz. Lawrence’s last few film roles have produced mixed results. Last year’s Big Momma’s House threequel was the lowest-grossing of all the films in the franchise and was met with mostly negative reviews.

Overall, not much is known about Lawrence’s potential return to television. While Martin Lawrence fans may be excited to see him return to the small screen, the fact that it’s being written and produced by the duo that was involved in the critically-panned and now canceled CBS series $#*! My Dad Says and How To Be A Gentleman may dampen the excitement of seeing Lawrence return to television.

That being said, it’s still exciting to see Lawrence return to his sitcom roots. But with heavy-hitters like Tim Allen already back on the air in ABC’s Last Man Standing, and Roseanne almost certainly making it to air next year with her NBC pilot Downwardly MobileLisbe and Reger are going to have to step up their game to make sure that CBS picks up their pilot to series.

…because Gina won’t be there to help this time.


Expect to hear CBS’ decision on the untitled Martin Lawrence pilot this May

Source: Deadline

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  1. This will be crap if it’s on CBS,this won’t be the old Martin from his first sitcom this will be more family oriented like The Cosby’s,My Wife and Kid’s,or Family Matter’s. Which means it may come off a little cheesy at times so i’ll pass.I do think there needs to be more black sitcoms on air but half of the cast may be white so that’s a premature statement at this point.But i do miss Tisha Campbell in her prime,damn that girl was fine.

  2. Bring MARTIN sitcom back….PLEASE !

  3. “While Martin Lawrence fans may be excited to see him return to the small screen…”. Yes… I’m sure all 4 of them are getting together to toast the news. You do realise that every time people encourage his comic ‘genius’ angels in heaven die, right?

    • Im just stating my opinion, I feel like some of you new readers on screenrant are exactly whats wrong with people today. You open your mouth and say a lot of negative stuff with no logic.


      Martin was one of the biggest comedians of the 90s, whether you like it or not. His reruns are still being aired on broadcast syndication, as well as cable networks like TVone and MTV2. While he hasnt been doing much in front of the screen outside of Bad Boys and some of his lackluster comedies, he still has a fan base, even if its smaller than others like Chappelle, Foxx, or Eddie Murphy. Martin was a stand-up king in his day, and was hilarious on his sitcom. If you dont like him, fine. But dont insult the number of people who are at least willing to see how this new show pans out, even if its more likely to bomb.

  4. Hmm… judging by the photo at the top of the page, Lawrence is as confused as we are that he was given another TV show.

  5. Seeing those two idiots’ names attached to this makes me lose all hope that it will be any good.

  6. I was like, yay! and then i was like, wait . . . didn’t those two shows get cancelled. I’m gonna need Martin to link up with Chuck Lorre or move to another Network. This does not look good.

  7. Its about time i love martin and yes can we get some black folks on cbs….hmmmmmm…we need more diverse sitcoms