[FX Press Release]
Partners is a half-hour, multi-camera comedy centered on the newly established partnership of high-end elitist lawyer Allen Braddock (Kelsey Grammer) and for-the-people, ethics driven lawyer Marcus Jackson (Martin Lawrence).
After his father fires him from the family law firm, Allen Braddock seeks to get back in the lawyering game on his own terms - making big bucks on high profile cases via legal loopholes and skirting ethics. Recently divorced, nice-guy Marcus tries to balance family and operating his law office out of his home, doing cases for neighbors and friends pro-bono, or for baked goods.
When a court ordered sanction teams Allen Braddock with Marcus Jackson in hopes that some of Marcus' conscience will rub off, the two find themselves in a partnership nature never intended.
Marcus struggles to be a good father to his sweet, albeit naive and idealistic daughter, "Laura”, a good son to his opinionated, old-school mom, "Ruth", and even tries to get a little bit of work out of his ambivalent assistant, "Michael."
Meanwhile, Allen juggles a step daughter, "Lizzy”, who came with his brand new shiny young trophy wife. He has absolutely zero idea how to interact with her, but a few bucks is usually a good start.
Together, the once-elite Braddock and "mom-and-pop" Jackson struggle to learn from each other to keep the new law firm profitable AND ethical - something neither of them has ever had.
Partners is a smart, edgy legal comedy highlighting the cultural contrast between the haves, the have-nots, and the "Aww, Hell-No's."
"PARTNERS" TO COMMENCE AUGUST 4 ON FX
The 10/90 Comedy Stars Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence
Two New Episodes Will Air Back-to-Back For Five Weeks Ahead of Anger Management
LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2014 - The series premiere of FX's newest 10/90 comedy, Partners starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer has been set for Monday, August 4. FX will air two back-to-back episodes of the show from 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT for five consecutive weeks. Also beginning August 4, Anger Management will move to Mondays and air back-to-back episodes from 10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT immediately following Partners.
In Partners, Grammer and Lawrence play two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court as they each face a personal crisis. Marcus Jackson (Lawrence) is a kind-hearted community activist going through a heartbreaking divorce when he meets Allen Braddock (Grammer), an elitist lawyer who has just been fired from his father's firm.
Brought together by fate and desperation, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives. Other series regulars include Telma Hopkins, Rory O'Malley, McKaley Miller, Edi Patterson and Danièle Watts.
Bob Boyett and Robert Horn serve as Executive Producers and Showrunners. Executive Producers also include Martin Lawrence, Kelsey Grammer, Brian Sher, Stella Bulochnikov, Michael Green and Sam Maydew. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Grammnet NH Productions and You Go Boy Productions. It is distributed by Debmar-Mercury.
FX ordered 10 episodes of Partners as part of a unique syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for multiple sitcoms. As is standard with the 10/90 model, if the series meets designated ratings thresholds over its first 10-episode run, the network will trigger an additional 90-episode order.