Tim Allen made his great return to television in the fall with Last Man Standing. His Wild Hogs co-star Martin Lawrence is also ready to return to television after years of absence. According to TV Guide, Lawrence is working with CBS to find the perfect script to showcase his return. The publication explained that it was the same situation for Allen, who read dozens of scripts before choosing Last Man Standing.
Reportedly two sitcoms are waiting for Lawrence ready to shoot the pilot once he makes a decision. The first is a Larry Wilmore (Bernie Mac Show, The Daily Show) script. Wilmore’s story follows the life of a single man who lives with his sister and fosters a number of children with her. Tom Hertz (Rules of Engagement) wrote the second script about a “grounded man” who faces off against his wealthy in-laws each week.
CBS expects Lawrence to decide on which show he wishes to pursue in the next couple weeks. The network will shoot the pilot, intended for a fall debut. Aside from a handful of guest appearances and comedy specials, Lawrence has been absent from television since 1997. He is best known for his role as the lead in Martin, a sitcom that aired from 1992 to 1997 and still runs in syndication.
Since leaving television, Lawrence focused on his film career. The comedian starred in the Big Mommas House series as well as Death at a Funeral and College Road Trip. He even did voice work as “Boog” in Open Season. With Allen have such success returning to his role as a funny dad, it’s likely Lawrence will have the same success as long as he sticks with his the wholesome comedy style everyone expects from him.