From the Hollywood Reporter:
Martin Lawrence is returning to TV, executive producing an African-American comedy for cable network TV One.
The project is the latest effort by independent producers to serve an audience on cable that’s been largely neglected by studios and broadcasters since the merger of the WB and UPN.
Without so much as a pilot order, writer-director Bentley Kyle Evans (“Martin,” “The Jamie Foxx Show”) shot four episodes of “Love That Girl!” The comedy stars Tatyana Ali (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “TV One Access”).
“Girl!” was made on a shoestring budget, with Evans calling in favors from friends and colleagues to shoot four episodes over a five-day period in a converted warehouse. Although self-financing a pilot has become more common as producers struggle to break though an increasingly consolidated studio landscape, producing four entire episodes is rare. Producers managed to deliver the package on a total budget of roughly $1.2 million.