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FX debuts Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence sitcom

By Amy Robinson, A&E/Teen Editor
BYRON COHEN | FX
Martin Lawrence (left) and Kelsey Grammer star in the new FX sitcom “Partners,” premiering at 9 p.m. Monday.

The fall season will be here before you know it, with dozens and dozens of new shows rolled out for us to feast our eyes upon. In the meantime, though, the flood of premieres that came in July is slowing to a trickle.

This week, there is only one new show: the FX sitcom “Partners” at 9 p.m. Monday.

Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence return to TV for this comedy about polar opposite Chicago lawyers who become, you guessed it, legal partners, while each facing a personal crisis. Grammer plays a high-powered attorney who exploits legal loopholes and was just fired from the family firm; Martin is an ethics-driven community activist going through a divorce.

The business model for “Partners” is the same as for Charlie Sheen’s “Anger Management”: FX picked it up for 10 episodes, and if those do well, it will order 90 more. These first 10 will air two at a time for the next five weeks.

There’s talent both in front of and behind the camera, but all the promotional snippets I’ve seen each feature a single forgettable or corny joke, so I wouldn’t recommend approaching it with high hopes. But then again, a lack of quality didn’t stop “Anger Management” from getting its big pick-up.

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Series premieres: “The Quest,” 8 p.m. Thursday, ABC (contestants vie to save an elaborately-created fantasy kingdom); “Masters of Illusion,” 8 p.m. Friday, CW (magicians, mentalists and escape artists perform); “Redwood Kings,” 9 p.m. Friday, Animal Planet (family-owned wood carving company); “Bachelor in Paradise,” 8 p.m. Monday, ABC (former “Bachelor”/“Bachelorette” contestants try to find love in Mexico); “King of Cones,” 8 p.m. Monday, Food (four-part ice cream creation challenge); “Bloodlands,” 9 p.m. Monday, ID (true crime); “Jersey Belle,” 10 p.m. Monday, Bravo (a New Jersey publicist moves to Alabama); “Nowhere to Hide,” 10 p.m. Monday, ID (a New York investigator recounts memorable cases); “Top Chef: Duels,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo (past contestants go head-to-head).

Season premieres: “Beat Bobby Flay,” 10 p.m. Thursday, Food; “Gravity Falls,” 9 p.m. Friday, Disney; “Love It or List It, Too,” 9 p.m. Friday, HGTV; “David Tutera’s CELEBrations,” 9 p.m. Friday, WE; “Deadly Women,” 9 p.m. Friday, ID; “Hell on Wheels,” 9 p.m. Saturday, AMC (a series marathon starts at 3 p.m. Friday); “House Hunters Renovation,” 10 p.m. Saturday, HGTV; “Murder in Paradise,” 10 p.m. Saturday, ID; “Gator Boys,” 8 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet; “Long Island Medium,” 9 p.m. Sunday, TLC; “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” 10 p.m. Sunday, ID; “#RickKids of Beverly Hills,” 10 p.m. Sunday, E!; “Evil Kin,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, ID.

Timeslot change: You may have noticed Wednesday that CBS’ “Extant” wasn’t in its usual spot. That’s because the network moved it back an hour to 10 p.m. in hopes of boosting its ratings. (It worked with the “Unforgettable”/“Reckless” swap.)

Canceled: CW’s “Backpackers” and “Seed” on Monday nights. Now an hour of “Whose Line is It Anyway?” airs at 8 p.m. and repeats of “Arrow” at 9 p.m.

Series finales: “Our America with Lisa Ling,” 10 pm. Thursday, OWN; “Crossbones,” 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC (two hours, note different day); “The Assets,” 4 p.m. Sunday, ABC (two hours).

Season finales: “Last Tango in Halifax,” 8 p.m. Sunday, PBS; “Halt and Catch Fire,” 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC; “Longmire,” 10 p.m. Monday, A&E; “Deadliest Catch,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Discovery (two hours); “Sex in the Wild,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, PBS.

Specials: “Urban Jungle,” 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic (examining animals who live in places they shouldn’t); “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC (hosted by Little Big Town, with Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and more); “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf?” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nickelodeon (deaf children share their stories).

Online: Nickelodeon moved the final five episodes of this season’s “The Legend of Korra” to its website and app, with new episodes available weekly, beginning Friday.

Of note: If you missed AMC’s Revolutionary War spy drama, “Turn,” this spring, the network is repeating the season Saturdays at 10 p.m., beginning this week.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com or follow @thegazz on Twitter.


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