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Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence in new comedy

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You read that right. Former "Cheers," "Frasier," "The Simpsons" and "Boss" star Kelsey Grammer -- whose recent Chicago-shot drama was nixed by Starz late last year after only two seasons -- is teaming up with veteran stand-up and film funny dude Martin Lawrence of "Big Momma's House" fame for a new television sitcom, the Hollywood Reporter announced.

Lionsgate is producing, and the show will shoot 10 episodes for starters, but there's one major catch: it hasn't been shopped to or purchased by any networks. Still, considering the comedic pedigrees of its leads -- disparate though they are -- the project's chances of succeeding (at least in the early going) could be much worse.

"[T] idea of Kelsey and Martin together is inherently funny and draws comparisons to the great pairings in the past, whether it's 'The Odd Couple' or Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder," Lionsgate TV chief Kevin Beggs told the Reporter early this month.

Of course, inherently funny and actually funny are as different as....Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence.

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