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November 26, 2014
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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."
Rory O'Malley stars as "Michael" - Marcus' ambivalent assistant who never actually seems to do any work. His hobbies include whatever he's doing at the time and listening to himself talk. The actor is best known for starring on Broadway in the original production of The Book of Mormon, for which he received both Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations and is also featured prominently on the cast album.
Other notable theatre productions include Broadway's The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee and in Off-Broadway productions Nobody Loves You, Little Miss Sunshine, andNewsical. Regionally, he created the role of "Richie Cunningham" in Garry Marshall's Happy Days The Musical.
Notable film and television credits include the Paramount feature Dreamgirls and guest star roles in Showtime's Nurse Jackie, NBC's Law & Order: SVU, and NBC's 1600 Penn.