[06/24/09 - 06:37 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, June 24 Updates include: Martin Lawrence books projects at FOX, Starz; "Fringe" adds Meghan Markle, drops writing staff; and ABC goes to series with "Find My Family."
ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from Starz's press release, April 2010) Starz Entertainment's hilarious stand-up comedy series, "Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up" returns for a fifth season with a new host, comedian Sheryl Underwood, and a fresh line-up of rising and seasoned comedy stars. The show, which is Starz' longest running original series, is scheduled to premiere in October. Performances for the fifth season will be taped May 13-16 before a live audience at The Chicago Theatre. Underwood will step in for original host Doug Williams, who will continue to serve as executive producer of the show. Comedians scheduled to appear in the series include Deon Cole, who will also guest host two episodes, Sandra Bernhard, Jimmie "J.J." Walker, Roz G, D'Militant, Scruncho, Darren Carter, Pierre, Jay Phillips, Melanie Comarcho, Ian Edwards, Chocolate, Damon Williams, among others.