5 items from 2014
Margaret here with a guessing game for you: a studio comedy is in production, and the lead is a woman. Who gets cast? If you're a Hollywood executive, the answer is Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig or Jennifer Aniston. Looking at today's top-grossing movies, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there are only four comic leading ladies; the studio focus on bankability keeps them sticking to a pretty rigid shortlist.
Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, known best for her work in Bridesmaids and Reno 911!, thinks that shortlist should be a little longer. Earlier this week she took to a guest column at Laughspin to stump for her favorite comic actresses, and pitch a host of new projects. I am in no way saying that the women on the funny-lady short lists aren’t funny; they absolutely are! This is just a gentle reminder that there are other bankable comediennes out there, »
- Margaret de Larios
In the past, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence have both had successful sitcoms that ran for many years. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the duo's new FX sitcom, Partners, has much of a future. It's very likely to be cancelled.
On Partners, a snobby lawyer (Grammer) and an overly ethics-driven lawyer (Lawrence) become partners and end up helping each other get their lives in order. The rest of the cast includes McKaley Miller, Telma Hopkins, Danièle Watts, Rory O’Malley, and Edi Patterson.
As you may recall, FX made a 10/90 deal for Partners with Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury. If the sitcom's first 10 episodes reached a certain ratings threshold then the cable channel was obligated to order 90 episodes for season two -- assuring the studios would have enough episodes for a (potentially very lucrative) syndication package.
Charlie Sheen's sitcom, Anger »
FX is trying another 10/90 deal with the Partners TV show. If the ratings for the first season of 10 episodes hit a certain ratings threshold, the cable channel has committed to ordering a 90-episode second season. Anger Management had a similar deal and was renewed. Saint George did too but it was cancelled. How will Partners perform? Stay tuned.
On Partners, a snobby lawyer (Kelsey Grammer) and an overly ethics-driven lawyer (Martin Lawrence) become partners and end up helping each other get their lives in order. The rest of the cast includes McKaley Miller, Telma Hopkins, Danièle Watts, Rory O’Malley, and Edi Patterson.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available. »
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: August 5, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This comedy series revolves around a high-end elitist lawyer and an ethics driven lawyer who end up being partners.
Allen Braddock (Kelsey Grammer) is the privileged upper-class heir to his father and grandfather's elite law firm. He's spent his entire life perfecting the art of being pretentious, self-centered and greedy without conscience. After his family fires him, Allen finds himself cut off financially and socially from prestigious lawyering, leaving him to face the consequences of his actions for the first time in his life.
He struggles with trying to communicate »
FX is rolling the dice with a new sit-com that pulls Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer out of the past, and puts them in a new show that seems tailored to wedge into TV Land‘s schedule. Not that this describes a bad show on its own, but it doesn’t exactly feel like something that the network’s fans are clearly going to flock to. On the other hand, if FX is hoping to broaden its horizons, I hope it works out for them.
The show follows two attorneys, Allen Braddock (Grammer) and Marcus Jackson (Lawrence), as they find themselves thrown together by circumstance, and become partners. Braddock worked in his father’s prestigious law firm, but has managed to create such a horrible reputation for himself, that even his father fired him. Jackson is quite the opposite. Judges love him, he wants to help people whenever he can, »
- Marc Eastman
5 items from 2014
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