David Hyde Pierce, the lean, comic actor who gained fame playing the fastidious psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the hit television series Frasier, has a new unlikely role: Broadway leading man.
The New York-born Pierce has been known to make neurotic tendencies funny and even desirable, but in his new Broadway musical Curtains, he adds some serious singing, dancing, and seduction to his usual comic touch.
Pierce, 47, said he was as surprised as his audiences at his rise on Broadway--even after receiving critical acclaim two years ago for a part in the hit Broadway musical spoof Spamalot.
"If people said to me, even during Spamalot, that someone was going to cast me as the leading man of a Broadway musical, as what happens in Curtains, I would have said, 'You are nuts,"' he told Reuters from his dressing room in a musty Broadway theater an hour before a performance ...Read more
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 ...Read more
The peacock is making some schedule shifts, hoping to recapture the glory of its Thursday comedy blocks of yore, when Seinfeld and Friends made the night "must see TV."
Beginning November 30, freshman comedy 30 Rock is moving from Wednesdays at 8 p.m. to Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Medical sitcom Scrubs will return for its sixth season that same night, landing in the 9 p.m. slot. Rock had underwhelmed in its Wednesday berth, opposite the dominating Dancing With the Stars on ABC.
My Name Is Earl and The Office will both remain in their time-slots, from 8 to 9 p.m. The permanent schedule changes will follow one of NBC's patented "super-sized" comedy nights on Thursday, November 16, when episodes of Earl, Office, and 30 Rock will each be expanded to 40 minutes.
"We are excited about ...Read more
NBC head honcho Jeff Zucker "must see" a pink slip.
At least, that's the opinion of one man's blog. The blog, appropriately dubbed "Fire Jeff Zucker," chronicles the NBC network and TV in general, emphasizing the namesake's shortcomings.
Chicago sports writer David Thomas started the blog in June, during the time CBS was wooing Katie Couric away from NBC's Today Show. In an open letter to Zucker, Thomas lists the reasons he thinks Zucker should be axed.
During Zucker's tenure, the network has tumbled from first place to fourth place among the Big Four networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC). In addition to letting Katie Couric get away, NBC hasn't created new shows to replace the glory days of "must see TV," when NBC featured Friends, Seinfeld, and Frasier. Now, it has too many reality shows and isn't nurturing a sitcom like Scrubs ...Read more