Grammer, Heaton in talks to form Action duo

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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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