Martin Returning to TV, Tisha Campbell Replaced with Ashanti

Martin Returning to TV, Tisha Campbell Replaced with Ashanti

As Fox continues to suffer from poor ratings, the network has once again agreed to reload one of it’s classic series.

The action packed “24” starring Kiefer Sutherland returned this year and now the network has reached an agreement with Martin Lawrence to return his insanely popular comedy series “Martin.”

The series, which originally ran for 5 seasons (1992-1997), is considered one of the best black television comedies off all-time. From 1996 – 1997, Martin, New York Undercover, and Living Single were the top rated shows among black audiences.

The show starred Martin Lawrence (Martin Payne), Tisha Campbell-Martin (Gina Waters) , Thomas Mikal Ford (Tommy Strawn) , Tichina Arnold (Pamela James), and Carl Anthony Payne II (Cole Brown). The entire cast has agreed to return with the exception of Tisha Campbell-Martin, who has been replaced by popular R&B singer/actress Ashanti.

In 1996, Campbell-Martin filed a lawsuit against Martin Lawrence alleging he sexually harassed her. HBO Studios settled the case for an undisclosed amount and Campbell-Martin agreed to finish the final season of the show, but refused to appear in any scenes with Lawrence. The fallout between the two stars is what led to FOX pulling the plug on the series.

Ashanti recently spoke about playing the role of Gina Waters saying, “Like many people, I grew up watching Martin and it was probably my favorite TV show ever. I know it will be difficult for many people to see me as Gina, but I hope I bring a new dynamic to the role. I see it no differently than when Aunt Viv was replaced on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. At first the audience was not feeling the character change, but she eventually won them over. I am hoping I can do the same thing.”

Production for the show is underway and it will return to television in the fall of 2015.


  • MsCreative1

    Kool! I got all 5 season of Martin! He so crazy!

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  • eijahl1die4

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    that is really something that drives me insane about Trump and many of the Republican candidates. i understand they’re pandering to a base but damn it, this country needs to stop injecting religion into politics

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  • terry

    I am glad Tisha Campbell has been replaced she sucked! Good luck Ashanti! Your right Aunt Viv worked out great!

  • pepe

    Are they really going to do this show again. It’s Damn near 20 years. I wouldn’t mind seeing Pam again….Jerome- Junk in the trunk!

  • Real

    Martin is going to look too old next to Ashanti.

  • Tamika “he’s able” Jennings

    Congratulations Ashanti for getting the best part….leading lady,God luck suga..hold yal head and you’ll be fine

  • TayahDimples

    They should of just killed Gina off even though I love her and made Ashanti his very younger new wife who Pam doesn’t like.

  • odessa mitchum

    martin was a good show but i hate that that it end up off the air.

  • Ladyj Bust

    Ashanti ain’t even actor

  • Ladyj Bust

    That’s weak asf boo I think they need leave the people that’s the original

  • Tyra Robinson

    Ready to see how Ashanti does! She doesn’t really come off as the “comedy” “actress” type! But maybe she’ll be able to pull it off!