Before the surge of his big screen fame, Martin Lawrence entered the television world with the sitcom Martin, in which he starred as a version of his comedic persona, as well as in costume as various smaller characters (many of whom were women). Lawrence is finding a new television outlet with a comedy pilot ordered by CBS. The pilot comes from Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger, writers/producers of S#*! My Dad Says.
The series will focus on Lawrence as a widowed father of two teenagers who, shortly after being fired from his long-term construction job, decides to become a policeman. Lawrence's middle age will serve as a vehicle for conflict in his mission to become a cop and to remain an attentive and caring father. This new, yet untitled program will mark Lawrence's first television venture since Martin's finale in 1997. Questions arise on how Lawrence's comedy stylings for the medium have changed in the past fifteen years, and which of his old tricks will carry on to the new show. Source: THR
Justin Theroux has been set by Fox to write a draft of Space Invader, an astronaut romantic comedy that has Will Arnett attached. Davis Entertainment will produce with Principato/Young. The project was originally set up at Fox Atomic but moved to Fox when the division was shut.
Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger sold the project and wrote the original draft of the comedy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story centers on a man who decides to go to space after he suspects that his longtime girlfriend, an astronaut, is cheating on him with another spacewalker.
Theroux, who alternates between acting and writing (his latest scripts were for Tropic Thunder and the upcoming Iron Man 2), could potentially direct Space Invaders.
Meanwhile, Theroux and Arnett are teaming up on the small screen early next year. Arnett has been confirmed for a guest shot on his wife Amy Poehler's NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. Theroux will guest in the same episode, which marks the beginning of a recurring role. The two are playing possible suitors of Poehler's character, EW's Ausiello Files blog reports.