Grammer, Heaton in talks to form Action duo

By Reuters

Jan 23, 2007

In what would be a blockbuster pairing of sitcom stars, Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton are in discussions to play television anchors in a new comedy series called Action News.

The project is said to be set at a local TV station and revolve around the reunion of a male and female anchor team.

It is set up at 20th Century Fox TV, which intends to nail down deals with the Emmy-winning actors before shopping the script to the networks. The star power of Grammer and Heaton--combined with the credentials of the project's producers, Steven Levitan (Just Shoot Me) and Christopher Lloyd (Frasier)--virtually ensures a bidding war.

Grammer wrapped his 20-year run as Dr. Frasier Crane of Cheers and Frasier fame in 2004. He earned four Emmys for his work on Frasier. He has been active as a producer in recent years with the NBC drama Medium and UPN/CW comedy Girlfriends.

Heaton called it a wrap on nine seasons of CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond in 2005, earning two Emmys for her role as harried wife and mother Debra Barone. She recently was seen on the ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11 and the TNT remake of The Goodbye Girl.

Representatives for the studio and the actors declined comment on the project.

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  • glcostanza Feb 18, 2007

    I don't know if this will work, but I hope it does because Kels is a great actor.

  • tbirdy007 Feb 12, 2007

    I'd love to see Kelsey Grammer back on TV every week! I'm really surprised David Hyde Pierce hasn't shown up on any series yet--it's been almost 3 years since Frasier went off the air. I still miss it, too!

  • Ppunkinseed Jan 26, 2007

    I would definitely give this a shot. I like both.

  • Water78 Jan 25, 2007

    not sure about this

  • LAURAMARIE63 Jan 24, 2007

    Hopefully the last paragraph "Representatives for the studio and the actors declined comment on the project" does not mean it won't happen. This seems like a doable show with the two of them.

  • The1Princess Jan 24, 2007

    I still can't believe he produced Girlfriends, I hate that show...but I loved Frasier!!!

  • Dakotagirl823 Jan 24, 2007

    Should be worth watching.

  • Jamin_Jamin Jan 23, 2007

    sounds good, cant wait to see the pilot :)

  • aatish_n Jan 23, 2007

    Seems a like a great cast...lets see what happens

  • actiontwinkle Jan 23, 2007

    ew heaton is a gross right winger.