If you were looking forward to the surviving cast members of “Martin” coming back for new episodes, you can stop now because it’s not going to happen.
Martin Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly that the main reason there won’t be a reunion is because of the death of Tommy Ford. Ford, who played Tommy Strawn on the show, died from a ruptured aneurysm on Oct. 12, 2016.
In addition, Lawrence said he has no interest in doing new “Martin” episodes because he and the writers did all they wanted to do the first time around.
“No, I think we’ve done everything we had to do,” he said about the series. “We had a loss with Tommy Ford, and it wouldn’t be the same, so that would never happen.”
Lawrence, 52, sat down with EW as “Martin” turns 25 years old. The show got its start when Fox was still in its infancy and catered heavily to Black audiences. The network had a slew of quality Black programming in the early ’90s with popular shows like “New York Undercover,” the sketch-comedy show “In Living Color” and the well-written dramedy series “South Central,” starring a young Larenz Tate.
At the time, Fox was competing with television juggernauts CBS, NBC and ABC, which all had well-established shows with loyal viewers. But by the time “Martin” ended in 1997, the cast had 132 episodes under its belt, and the show would continue to live on in syndication.
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Unfortunately, however, Lawrence’s co-star Tisha Campbell-Martin, who played his love interest Gina, sat out for the entire last season after filing a sexual harassment suit against the comedian and the show’s producers, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Still, Lawrence said viewers enjoyed watching the cast deliver those classic, funny lines, and people looked at the series as a full-on comedic experience, not just a television show.
“You felt the energy,” stated Lawrence, who also said it’s unlikely there will be third installments of his movies “Bad Boys” and “Big Momma’s House.” “The audience didn’t just laugh, but it’s how they laughed. They weren’t only laughing, they were stomping and roaring.
“Just to feel all of that energy we were getting was beautiful.”
The last time Lawrence made headlines was when he and his girlfriend Roberta Moradfar got engaged in April of this year. But since then, he’s kept a relatively low profile, which he’s been known to do throughout the years.