TV Star Profile: Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence on ‘Partners’
Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are no strangers to doing top rating comedy shows. Both actors starred in their own television series in the 1990s and both did really well at it. After two decades, the two have bonded together to work on FX’s “Partners.” Find out more about these stars in the story below.
Kelsey Grammer is one of the very few actors who could brag about having played the same character on television for over 20 years. Best known for his role as the cultured and snobbish Dr. Frasier Crane, who appeared in both “Cheers” and “Frasier,” Grammer has won numerous Emmy awards for this. At the height of Grammer’s success, Martin Lawrence’s career was also taking off. The actor appeared on the highly successful FOX comedy series “Martin” for five seasons and then he concentrated on doing movies afterwards.
In a TV Guide exclusive, the stars of “Partners” shared why they were pulled back to television and do another sitcom. Grammer said that his main consideration was working together with Lawrence, and the latter thought that because they have come from such different backgrounds in acting, working together might be interesting.
Grammer described their new show, which airs on FX, as an edgier version of “The Odd Couple.” Being on a cable channel, he said that working on “Partners” was very different from doing “Frasier.” He also had nothing but praises for his co-star.
Did the actors find being back on TV challenging?
“I don’t find it difficult if I put my mind to it and I’m concentrating on what’s in front of me. As far as me playing a lawyer, I don’t really know nothing about lawyers [laughs]. So when you see [a few] Martin-isms in there, that’s just me not really knowing the attorney thing as well as I could know it,” said Lawrence when asked by TV Guide if the actors had some difficulty breaking away from the shadows of their previous popular characters. His statement earned a compliment from his on screen partner and it does look like the two belong in a mutual admiration club. Lawrence even said that he always has to keep up with Grammer because he’s really good at what he does.
Other than acting on the show, the two are also involved behind the scenes as executive producers. Grammer even directed one of the episodes (“Law School Reunion”).
You can read about the rest of the TV Guide interview here.
On Sept. 1, 2014, Monday at 9:00 p.m., “Partners” will have aired the last of its 10-episode order and then it would be up to the network to grant the series its 90-episode order, as this was the arrangement.
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