Martin Lawrence (left) and Kelsey Grammer in episode one of "Partners"
It’s the new odd couple.
Film star Martin Lawrence is teaming up with TV veteran Kelsey Grammer to play a pair of Chicago lawyers with polar-opposite personalities in the FX comedy “Partners,” debuting Monday at 9 p.m.
Grammer — most famous for his portrayal of Frasier Crane, first on the classic series “Cheers” and then on its long-running spinoff, “Frasier” — plays Allen Braddock, an unscrupulous, money-grubbing attorney so slimy that his own father fired him from the family practice.
Lawrence — best known for films like “House Party,” “Bad Boys,” “Big Momma’s House, and “A Thin Line Between Love & Hate,” along with his 1990s sitcom “Martin” — plays Marcus Jackson, a kind-hearted lawyer and community activist going through a gut-wrenching divorce.
They meet by chance in a courthouse bathroom and ultimately form their own tiny firm — surrounded, of course, by wacky staffers and wisecracking family members, played by Daniel Watts, Rory O’Malley, McKaley Miller, Edi Patterson and longtime sitcom star Telma Hopkins.
“Kelsey’s character is in it for the money. He’s about getting the money by any means necessary,” Lawrence says. “I play a morally grounded guy. I do pro bono cases, they cook for me and bring me food (instead of money), things like that. Our characters kind of teach each other. We try to find out what is the right way to be principled and correct, to do the right thing. And ultimately, it’s all for our clients.”( Collapse )Source