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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 »
Every bit as generic as its title, “Partners” is the latest big-name-toplined (Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence) throwback, courtesy of Debmar-Mercury’s 10/90 model, which predicates whether a series runs 100 episodes on the first batch meeting certain ratings benchmarks. Like “Anger Management,” featuring Charlie Sheen, the show itself is practically an afterthought, inasmuch as it’s designed to feel like an instant rerun — something that can help fill the sitcom-starved syndication pipeline. But yikes, watching these two comedy veterans trying to keep such a leaky, woefully flat vehicle afloat is more depressing than nostalgic.
Grammer plays Allen Braddock, an ethics-challenged lawyer being fired from dad’s influential law firm for reasons unknown as the pilot opens. Desperate for a job, he by chance encounters Marcus Jackson (Lawrence), a community activist who operates a law practice out of his basement, in a house he shares with his mother (Telma Hopkins), daughter (Daniele Watts »
- Brian Lowry
Why Watch? Almost a decade ago, Rian Johnson turned eyebrows with Brick by passionately sticking to noir conventions while subverting them just enough to breathe fresh life into a musty genre. To be fair to that genre, it’s one that will eternally and repeatedly enjoy new resurgences, potentially along the same tidal lines as the western, and Brick hit just at the right moment with all the right ingredients. This short film from Zach Wechter follows that same formula, and through doing so, reminds us that its the familiarity of the story beats that keeps entries in this seedy world so satisfying. Like Johnson’s film, Straight Down Low (announcing its genre right there in the title) asks a cast of high school students to get to the bottom of a gangland murder, and in not attempting to reinvent the wheel, he instead conducts a master class in cool. Beyond »
- Scott Beggs
Maybe getting lost in all the TV upfront presentations, FX has set a Monday, August 4 premiere date for its new comedy series Braddock & Jackson - the Odd Couple-like project, first announced about a year ago, that Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are starring in as Chicago lawyers from different backgrounds who form a partnership after they accidentally 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. Daniele Watts co-stars, playing Martin »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The series follows Grammer and Lawrence as two Chicago lawyers from very different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court as they each face a personal crisis.
As part of the 10/90 model FX initially utilized for “Anger Management,” the network has ordered 10 episodes of “Partners” and if the series meets designated ratings thresholds over its opening 10-episode run, the network will order an additional 90 episodes.
FX will air two back-to-back »
- Nikara Johns
The story follows two men who live far apart and learn they shared the same father and inherit the family home in Capri. Giancarlo Giannini, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Nicolas Vaporidis also star. [Source: Screen]
Nick Jonas and Kiele Sanchez have scored co-starring roles in DirecTV's gritty yet family-oriented mixed martial arts drama "Navy St." Frank Grillo plays a former Mma fighter whose drug addiction prevented him from making it big and now operates an Mma gym on Venice Beach.
Jonas plays his youngest son Nate, a shy kid who receives a Ufc contract but is impacted by the addiction to drugs of his older brother Jay (Jonathan Tucker). Sanchez will play Lisa Prince, the Grillo character's long-time girlfriend. »
- Garth Franklin
• Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is reportedly interested in portraying Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés in Montezuma, a nearly 50-year old Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus) script that Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) is updating. Steven Spielberg may have his sights on directing the project for DreamWorks, who currently owns the rights. Trumbo had apparently written the original script (one draft was 205 pages long!) for Kirk Douglas and director Martin Ritt. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Daniele Watts continues to quietly book work, building her resume, so take note, especially as when the inevitable question about who the upcoming young black actors and actresses are that we should be paying attention to. In addition to being recently cast in FX's new comedy series Braddock & Jackson, as a series regular, Watts has landed a starring role, opposite Max Burkholder in an untitled coming-of-age indie comedy from writter/director Morgan Krantz. The film's story, which is said to be similar in tone to Noah Baumbach's 2005 dramedy The Squid And The Whale, comes from Watts (so she's doing more than just starring in it), who developed it with Krantz. it centers »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The film is written and directed by Morgan Krantz, whose credits include viral comedy series “Neurotica” and “The Cyclist,” a short film starring Shannyn Sossamon. Internet rapper Kitty Pryde will co-star.
Watts has been working with Krantz over the past year to develop the story, which follows a romance between a disgruntled teenage boy (Burkholder) and his babysitter, played by Watts. Krantz describes the project as similar to “The Ice Storm” or “The Squid in the Whale” in tone.
- Dave McNary
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