TEXAS CITY — Texas City residents soon will be able to watch a native work alongside actors Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence.
Edi Patterson, a Texas City High School graduate, plays Veronica, an office assistant and law firm private investigator in the new FX series “Partners.”
The series will premiere Aug. 4 on the FX cable network, with two back-to-back shows each Monday night for five weeks.
“If the show hits certain ratings, then it will get picked up for 90 more episodes,” Patterson said.
Veronica is Patterson’s first series regular role on a sitcom. She has guest starred on “CSI” and “2 Broke Girls.” She’s worked as a guest writer for “Saturday Night Live” and been in several other movies and television shows.
When not filming for shows, commercials or movies, Patterson is always doing improv, said her mother, Jeannie Patterson. She is a member of the Groundlings Comedy Theatre.
Premiering in early August, “Partners” has been a long time coming.
“When I auditioned I went in a few times, which you usually do for a series regular role,” Patterson said. “My first audition was mid-October and the last was in November. Then we began filming in January and ended at the end of February.”
Patterson, who has wanted to be an actress since seventh grade, was thrilled to become part of the cast.
The show revolves around the unlikely partnership between a high-powered, elitist attorney played by Grammer, and a man-of-the-people, activist lawyer played by Lawrence.
“I was really psyched and so happy to get something with such legendary dudes,” she said. “The role is really fun and the show is really fun. When I found out I got the part, I was really excited to be a part of something with so many really seasoned pros.”
Patterson said working alongside Grammer and Lawrence is “mind-blowing.”
Grammer and Lawrence are longtime TV stars. Lawrence rose to fame with his sitcom “Martin” from 1992-1997 before starring in movies such as “Bad Boys” and “Big Momma’s House.”
Grammer played snooty psychiatrist Frasier Crane in the NBC sitcom “Cheers” from 1984 to 1993 before spinning off the role into his own sitcom, “Frasier,” which ran from 1993-2004.
“Both guys I pretty much idolized as a kid,” Patterson said. “Grammer is so adept at this sitcom format that it is almost like magic.”