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Martin Lawrence Producing Comedy for TV One

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Jan 5th 2010 12:00PM
Martin Lawrence is back, this time as executive producer of a new African-American comedy for cable network TV One. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Lawrence will work on 'Love That Girl!' set to star Tatyana Ali ('The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'). The show is written and directed by Bentley Kyle Evans who worked with Lawrence on the hugely successful 'Martin' from 1992-1997.

Described as a sexy comedy about a divorcee who comes back home and begins work at her father's Southern California real estate office, 'Girl' will capitalize on the black comedy revival happening on cable networks like TBS. Shows such as Tyler Perry's 'House of Payne' and 'Meet the Browns' also started off modestly before being nationally distributed by TBS.Martin Lawrence is back, this time as executive producer of a new African-American comedy for cable network TV One. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Lawrence will work on 'Love That Girl!,' set to star Tatyana Ali ('The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'). The show is written and directed by Bentley Kyle Evans, who worked with Lawrence on the hugely successful 'Martin' from 1992-1997.

Described as a sexy comedy about a divorcee who comes back home and begins work at her father's Southern California real estate office, 'Girl' will capitalize on the black comedy revival happening on cable networks like TBS. Shows such as Tyler Perry's 'House of Payne' and 'Meet the Browns' also started off modestly before being nationally distributed by TBS.

Evans, who shot four episodes of 'Girl' without even the promise of a pilot order, heads up a group of independent producers trying to fill the gap left by the WB and UPN merger. Evans made use of friends in high places, such as Lawrence, to complete shooting in a warehouse, for about $1.2 million. "It's great to be back in the television game and working with a network like TV One," said Evans. "If executed properly, this will represent a whole new model for producing and delivering quality scripted series to the television market at a reasonable cost."

'Girl' is set to run over three nights, beginning Jan. 19 on TV One. Though the network, currently available in about 50 million homes, generally runs syndicated programming like 'Martin' repeats, 'Girl' will be its first original scripted offering. If ratings are favorable after the first four episodes air, TV One plans to pick up 13-26 additional episodes.

Executive producers Lawrence and Evans are joined on 'Girl' by producers Raphael Saadiq and Trenten Gumbs.

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