The remaining cast of the beloved ’90s sitcom Martin (minus Cole) put their longtime differences aside for a friendly lunch date – further fueling the rumor that the show is coming back for a reboot.
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TMZ caught Martin Lawrence, Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell outside a steakhouse in Burbank, California and got a very strong indication that a reboot is on the way. The trio hadn’t been spotted together publicly since attending the funeral for their late co-star Tommy Ford. However, Martin’s response to the reunion rumors was hopeful and promising: “We don’t know nothing right now, but never say never.”
Side note: peep the famous Martin line “That Ain’t No Damn Puppy” written on Tisha’s t-shirt. I’d say that’s a strong hint something new is brewing in the Martin universe.
Diehard Martin fans know this is a big deal for several reasons. The show went off the air in 1997 after Campbell (Gina) filed a lawsuit against Lawrence and and the show’s producers, the writers had to put their heads together and compose a finale episode where Martin and Gina didn’t appear in any scenes together. It was awkward to say the least.
In addition, Carl Anthony Payne, who played the goofy but lovable character Cole, sat down with ThisIs50.com and dropped some tea that despite their buddy-buddy relationship in front of the camera, he and Lawrence couldn’t stand each other in real life. “He had issues with himself really. I think [Martin] was battling his own demons. It became a not so great place to work.”
No word yet on whether or not Payne has been included in any reboot discussions, or if he’s even interested in being apart of it, but we’re certainly happy to see the clique join forces again.
Check out the very mixed reactions Martin fans have been giving about the possibility of a reboot.
The Martin reboot should begin at Tommy's funeral. Everyone reconnects and realizes life is too short not to be with their friends. they spend season 1 re-learning each other.
— j’dan♀️ (@JessicaSaxena) February 2, 2018
Nobody was/is a bigger Martin fan than me. I do not want to see a Martin Show reboot.
— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) January 31, 2018
Martin was a product of the time and the culture. No reboot can recapture that. How do you modernize Sheneneh?? What fly "current" fashions do you throw Pam in?? I can't even imagine how they'd decorate the apartments/houses.
— wide-nose papi. ↔️ (@3rdAndMiles) January 31, 2018
When that Martin reboot comes out, I wanna see y'all boosting it, like y'all do the original. Keep that same energy
— Bitch, You Ain't No Nerd? (@BrittKnowsBestt) January 31, 2018
Martin reboot?? Shit bout to be lit! Finally Gina big head ass back cool with Marty Mar.
— NMB Savior (@FloKid88) February 2, 2018
So who else is on board for this Martin reboot? I better be seeing Bruh Man, Key LoLo, Laquita, ALLA DEM.
— Sturdy Diana. (@JLaCocaina) February 2, 2018
Martin reboot is gonna be grade A trash for the simple fact that it’s 2018 and not 1993. Way too much has changed
— Retired Playa (@nardyynardd) February 2, 2018
Unless they can clone Ms Jerry and bring tommy back to life, I don’t know how I feel bout a Martin reboot
— Clit Hanger (@joeybaddaa) February 2, 2018
Watch Martin Lawrence talk about the impact his sitcom Martin had on the ’90s.