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TV Bulletin Board (Thurs., June 20) -- Grammer, Lawrence to do FX sitcom tango

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No longer at the heights of their powers but still making an interesting pairing, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence have signed to co-star in a new, still unnamed FX comedy series.

The former Frasier star, who recently took a dramatic turn in Starz’s Boss, will team with Lawrence (the Bad Boys and Big Momma’s House movies) in a “90/10” deal identical to the one Charlie Sheen cut with FX. Ten episodes will be produced and aired. And if an undisclosed “designated ratings threshold” is met, 90 more episodes will be made in rapid-fire fashion for both FX and the syndicated market. A 2014 premiere is planned.

The network says the two stars will play Chicago lawyers from “vastly different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. They then form a partnership, “forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives.”

The producers are Bob Boyett and Robert Horn, whose old-school comedy credits include Family Matters, Full House, Perfect Strangers, Designing Women and Living Single. Lawrence and Grammer also have producer credits.

***Longtime Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz is taking his act from CNN to Fox News Channel. Kurtz, formerly of The Washington Post and The Daily Beast, is best known lately for his lengthy on-air apology after misrepresenting a Sports Illustrated story about Jason Collins, the first current NBA player to come out as being gay.

Kurtz plans to host Reliable Sources for two more Sundays before jumping to FNC. He has been with the program since 1998. FNC says Kurtz will take over its weekend Fox News Watch program, which will have a new format.

“I’m excited to be bringing my independent brand of media criticism to Fox News,” Kurtz said in a statement. “I want to thank CNN for giving me such a prime opportunity over the years and was tempted to continue, but the chance to create a revamped program and establish a strong online presence was too good to pass up.”

***Netflix has renewed Hemlock Grove for a second season of 10 episodes. Dan Abrams will be a new co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline, replacing Terry Moran. And Disney Channel has ordered Girl Meets World, a new sitcom from the creator of ABC’s Boy Meets World.