How about downtown Chicago on a bustling summer day? Last Friday, as he shot a pivotal scene from the upcoming Starz drama 'Boss' on the sidewalk outside Chicago's City Hall, Kelsey Grammer had almost no privacy. But the actor didn't appear to need a buffer, let alone a wall of bodyguards. He affably talked to passersby during breaks from the afternoon shoot, and genially posed for photos with anyone who asked.
After he'd wrapped for the day, he sat down for an interview in which he talked about the similarities between his own life as a public figure and the intensely scrutinized lives of politicians like Mayor Tom Kane, his character on 'Boss.'
"My life's been covered for the last 25 years -- everything, every moment, every single pitfall," Grammer said.
Along with our partners at Huffington Post, we can exclusively reveal that 'Boss' will debut at 10PM ET on Oct. 21.
We've also got an exclusive first look at the teaser poster for the show and a video clip for the drama, which also stars Martin Donovan, Kathleen Roberston and Connie Nielsen.
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There's no network set for the projects, but 'American Idol' producer Simon Fuller is on board. Of course, his involvement leads to the question of whether or not Lopez will continue as a judge on 'Idol' next season. She's only signed on for this year, but most reviews of her performance on the show have been positive.
In other TV news ...
• 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' has been renewed for a third season. The show will continue through 2012. [EW]
• HBO is producing Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'A Visit From the Goon Squad' as a TV series. The book follows the lives of a group of characters who meet in San Francisco's '80s punk rock scene. [Deadline]
• Disgraced memoirist James Frey will appear on 'Oprah' again. It'll be his first appearance on the show after the talk show host laid into him in 2006 for faking details in his former Oprah Book Club pick 'A Million Little Pieces.' [NY Post]
According to Deadline, Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk are currently rewriting the show to make Lange's part a full-fledged third lead. Not much is known about the pilot, other than it follows a therapist, his "force-to-be-reckoned-with" wife (played by 'Friday Night Lights' star Connie Britton) and now Lange as their nosy neighbor.
The series hasn't been picked up yet, but with an all-star cast and pedigreed creators, it seems like a sure thing for the fall season.
In other TV news ...
• Oprah Winfrey will sit down for a joint interview with Barack and Michelle Obama. This is the first time the couple will talk with Winfrey together since 2006. The episode will be taped in late April and air May 2. [The Hollywood Reporter]
• ABC Family has picked up a fifth new series, scheduled to premiere in 2012. 'Jane by Design' is a little like 'Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead' mixed with Maeby's studio executive storyline from 'Arrested Development' in that a teenage girl mistaken for an adult takes on a full-time job in the corporate world. [ABC Family]
• The MTV Video Music Awards will stay on the West Coast this year. The show will broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9PM ET. [THR]
According to Deadline, the former 'Frasier' star will direct the CBS comedy pilot 'Vince Uncensored,' which stars 'No Ordinary Family' leading man Michael Chiklis and is produced by Conan O'Brien.
This isn't Grammer's first foray behind the camera; he directed 37 episodes of his hit sitcom and has helmed four different pilots, Deadline reports. He'll be back in front of the lens as the star of Starz's 'Boss.'
In other TV news ...
• 'Nip/Tuck' star Dylan Walsh is slated to return to TV in a CBS pilot. He'll star alongside Poppy Montgomery in the as-yet-untitled drama. [Deadline]
• Tiya Sircar, late of 'The Vampire Diaries,' has made her way to the Josh Schwartz pilot 'Georgetown.' She'll play "the assistant to a presidential speechwriter who gets fired for a media gaffe." [THR]
• Neil McDonough will stop by 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' for an episode in the show's final season. As TV Squad previously reported, Jeri Ryan will also guest star for an episode. The actress shot her spot last week. [TV Line]
In November, the Times Herald Record reported that the lender behind OCC's headquarters in Newburgh, N.Y., filed a foreclosure action against the reality stars. The preview for next week's 'American Chopper: Senior Vs. Junior' showed Paul Teutul Sr. dealing with the news.
According to The Times Herald Record, Orange County Choppers has two mortgages through GE Commercial Finance Business Property Corp. One is for $11 million and the other is for $1.5 million. The November foreclosure action said the OCC missed payments of $96,400 and $14,000. They were due July 1.
Richard Mahon, lawyer for the Choppers, told the newspaper in November that his clients stopped making payments to put pressure on the lender to modify terms of the loan since the value of the building has changed in the recession.
"This is just a bump in the road," Mahon told the Record. "We believe the parties will reach a resolution and the headquarters will continue in this location."
In other TV news ...
• 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' debuted to big ratings. The Starz prequel series was seen by 1.1 million viewers at 10PM, 66 percent higher than 'Spartacus: Blood & Sand's' premiere a year ago. [Deadline Hollywood]
• Want to confront the celebrity you hate? The CW might be able to help. The network is working on a project that pairs celebrities with ordinary folk, giving the regular person a chance to confront the celebrity and a chance for the star to win the hater over. It's being called 'H8R.' [Entertainment Weekly]
• Jay Leno has been named the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year. Harvard honored Justin Timberlake last year. [E! Online]
Kelsey Grammer Asks for Divorce But Includes Camille at Tonys to Avoid Questions on 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (VIDEO)
"Kelsey put me up in a hotel suite, and I wasn't allowed in our apartment," says Camille. "He might be trading me in for a new model, I don't know." But she's fairly confident that she knows the reason behind her presence there.
Camille Grammer went on 'The Early Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS) this morning to discuss her divorce from actor Kelsey Grammer and her time on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' Grammer said it was emotionally draining to go through a break-up while being filmed.
"To have to play it out on a reality TV show is, again, surreal," she said. "It's hard to show up for camera and be camera-ready when you're crying the night before."
She said she had been reluctant to do 'Housewives,' but Kelsey encouraged her to do it, hoping it would give her something of her own. When asked if Kelsey may have had ulterior motives, Camille said, "I can't speak for him, but maybe, now, looking back."
She also said that some of the settlement numbers reporteded in the tabloids have been "exaggerated," and that she would like child support and spousal support from Kelsey.
Ellen and Camille Grammer Work Out Together and Talk About Camille's Messy Divorce From Kelsey (VIDEO)
Grammer will star in 'Boss,' an eight-episode drama series on Starz. According to Variety, Gus Van Sant will to direct the pilot.
The 'Frajer' -- sorry --'Frasier' actor will play the powerful mayor of Chicago in the series Variety described as "a modern-day 'Spartacus.'"
Writer Farhad Safinia did the script on speculation and has been working with Grammer to polish the project.
After the show, Camille goes backstage to congratulate him. She hasn't seen him in weeks. Camille sets down her coat, scarf and purse, intending to stay a while in his dressing room. "I have to put some clothes on," he tells her. "Thanks for coming ... I'll be like five minutes, and then I'll come out."
She stutters an "Oh, OK," and grabs her things. She asks for a signed Playbill while he practically shoves her out the door. Granted, he's just performed his Broadway musical debut; he may be in no mood for 'Real Housewives' chit-chat. But it's an awkward exchange, especially when viewed knowing Camille would file for divorce a few months later.
Big houses, fancy cars, women who want to be "forever young" -- Beverly Hills is the perfect setting for a series devoted to conspicuous consumption. The new housewives look great. But very quickly, we learn that there may be problems hidden beneath the flawless exteriors.
On the premiere episode, we meet Camille Grammer. She's the wife of actor Kelsey Grammer -- but this past July, the couple filed for divorce. The split was caused by Kelsey's affair with Kayte Walsh, an English flight attendant. Ms. Walsh later became pregnant with Kelsey's child. And last week, we sadly learned that Kayte has suffered a miscarriage. It's been a bad year for everyone involved, with lots of heartbreak.
While she's not one to get starstruck, Williams told PopEater she's "still tingling" from meeting 'Frasier' star Kelsey Grammer.
Plus, the opinionated host dished about the new season and why she'll NEVER be on a reality TV show like her girl, Snooki.
How you doin', Wendy?
Good. How you doin'?
Here, then, are five prime time ideas that could bring luster back to Grammer's career after the disappointing 'Back to You' and the truly dismal, 'Hank.'
1. Take a Tip from the 'Modern Family' Model
Instead of looking for a star sitcom, Kelsey needs to become part of an ensemble cast. We know he's a star, but he doesn't have to be the star of whatever he does next. If he can, he should learn from his co-horts on 'Modern Family,' the producers and writers who did 'Frasier' with him, that right now big casts are in.
The actor Tweeted last month about the possibility of catching up with a new generation of the the Crane family, the New York Post reports. "Maybe it is time for a Frasier reunion," Grammer wrote. "(It's) very interesting to say the least... maybe a Frasier reunion on like a new show seriously thinking about that !!!."
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