ABC has given a straight-to-series order to a multi-camera comedy starring and executive produced by Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer in a pairing of Emmy winners who has each led an acclaimed, long-running broadcast comedy series. The project, slated for the 2021-22 season, hails from Modern Family co-creator/executive producer Chris Lloyd, executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran and studio 20th Television, where Lloyd and Chandrasekaran are under deals.
Written by Lloyd and Chandrasekaran, the Untitled Alex Baldwin/Kelsey Grammer Project follows three men — two of them played by Grammer and Baldwin — who were roommates in their 20s until their warring egos drove them apart. They reunite decades later for one more run at the lives they’ve always wanted.
Baldwin, Grammer, Lloyd and Chandrasekaran executive produce with Jason Schrift, Matt DelPiano, Tom Russo, Adam Griffin and Jeff Morton. 20th Television, part of Disney TV Studios, is the studio.
Grammer and Baldwin previously appeared together when Grammer played himself in an arc on 30 Rock.
Baldwin, who portrays Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live and is one of the show’s most popular and frequent hosts, won two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive SAG Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC’s 30 Rock. He received an Oscar nomination for The Cooler and a Tony nom for A Streetcar Named Desire. He also hosts ABC’s game show revival Match Game is next is set to produce and star in action/western feature Rust. He’s repped by CAA and Cavalry Media.
Grammer, winner of six Emmys, three Golden Globes, a SAG Award and a Tony, next will be seen in the movies Charming the Hearts of Men, The Space Between and The God Committee. Recent films include Netflix hit Like Father and Grand Isle. Through his TV production company Grammnet NH Productions, he most recently lent his voice to IMDb’s first scripted series; the shortform, adult animated series You’re Not a Monster; and served as executive producer for both seasons of Light as a Feather, which he sold to Hulu. Grammer is repped by Vault Entertainment and UTA.
Lloyd co-created, executive produced and co-showran ABC’s multiple-Emmy-winning comedy series Modern Family, which wrapped its 11th and final season in the spring. The project reunites Lloyd with Grammer, with whom he worked on all 11 seasons of Frasier as co-executive producer/executive producer, and on the Fox comedy series Back to You, which Lloyd co-created/exec produced and starred Grammer.
Chandrasekaran most recently worked as an executive producer on Modern Family with Lloyd. His credits also include 30 Rock — working with Baldwin — My Name is Earl and Mixology.
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