Can I get a WHAT's UP! Entertainment Weekly reports that Martin Lawrence recently inked a deal with CBS to star in a new comedy pilot that if picked up would air this fall. This would mark Lawrence's first television role of any kind since his self-titled sitcom "Martin" ended after five seasons in May 1997. I guess making Big Momma's House sequels doesn't pay well enough to live on anymore.
All kidding aside, the currently untitled project stars Lawrence "as a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46." Playing a wise-cracking police officer should come quite easily for Martin at this point. Two of his most well remembered film roles include playing a criminal masquerading as a cop in "Blue Streak" and of course starring opposite Will Smith in Michael Bay's popular "Bad Boys" franchise.
For a network built on the back of various cop dramas, it's actually kind of surprising to me that it's taken them this long to try a cop comedy. Casting a name like Lawrence pretty much guarantees that the pilot goes to series (the man still has his fans), so we'll all get to see whether the show sinks or swims this fall. This project could be just the boost that Lawrence needs to re-invigorate his career after a long line of box-office stinkers like College Road Trip, National Security and Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins. More and more it seems that when a Hollywood star fades, the next course of action is to get their own primetime TV series.
Do you want to see this "Bad Boy" back in action running the streets? Or has Lawrence already burned his bridges with you?