EXCLUSIVE: ABC forwarded the untitled multi-camera comedy Alec Baldwin / Kelsey Grammer. The decision was made after network executives saw the pilot episode complete.
The project, starring Baldwin, Grammer and Alec Mapa, had a direct serial commission. The studio behind the comedy, 20th Television, is now buying the pilot, written by Modern family Chris Lloyd and Vali Chandrasekaran and directed by James Burrows, to other networks and streamers.
The high-profile comedy landed on ABC in November, weeks before the regime change on the network, with Hulu’s Craig Erwich taking over ABC’s programming and the network’s Karey Burke becoming the head of 20th TV. There have been several high-auspicious scripts with big engagements bought under Burke that got a pass from the new ABC regime this season.
The half-hour Baldwin / Grammer had a direct pickup for the 2021-22 season, and I hear a Writers’ Room was assembled a few months ago and is working on scripts. As with all series orders, the network had the option of not continuing the project after the pilot episode. The move comes with significant killing costs for creative and on-screen talent.
Lloyd, Chandrasekaran, Baldwin and Grammer are producing the series with Jason Schrift, Matt DelPiano, Tom Russo, Adam Griffin and Jeff Morton. Burrows is an executive producer of the pilot.
The untitled comedy follows three men – played by Grammer, Baldwin, and Mapa – who were roommates in their twenties until their warring egos pulled them apart. They reunite decades later for another race for the life they’ve always wanted. The sitcom had been seen as a potential companion to ABC’s flagship comedy series, the multi-camera. The Conners.
Meanwhile, Grammer also has the Frasier revival, which has a serial green light at Paramount +. He directed and produced the project, in which he reprise his iconic character, Frasier Crane.