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Kelsey Grammer On Fame, Comedy, Chicago and His New Drama, 'Boss'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 13th 2011 4:20PM
Shooting a television show on location isn't a situation that offers actors much privacy, unless they're in a forest outside Vancouver or in the desert near Albuquerque or some remote place like that.

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.

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EXCLUSIVE: Starz Sets Premiere Date for Kelsey Grammer Drama 'Boss'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 9th 2011 2:30PM
Kelsey Grammer played a comedic character for a long time on 'Cheers' and 'Frasier,' but this fall, he'll return to television as a complicated, driven Chicago mayor in Starz's new drama 'Boss.'

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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Jennifer Lopez Developing New Reality Talent Competition Show, 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Renewed and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 21st 2011 1:30PM
Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez has her own talent competition series in the works, reports Entertainment Weekly. 'Que Viva' would see the star and her husband, Marc Anthony, scouring Latin America for undiscovered musical superstars.

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]

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Jessica Lange Cast in 'American Horror Story,' Oprah to Interview Obamas and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 13th 2011 1:00PM
Jessica LangeTwo-time Oscar-winner Jessica Lange has signed on for Ryan Murphy's mysterious new FX pilot, 'American Horror Story.'

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]

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Kelsey Grammer Returns to TV (As a Director), Matt Pinfield Revives '120 Minutes' on MTV2 and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 17th 2011 1:30PM
Kelsey GrammerKelsey Grammer is yet another big TV star returning to the medium this pilot season -- but he won't be on-screen.

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]

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Orange County Choppers Faces Foreclosure, Fox Hit With 'Lie to Me' Lawsuit and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 25th 2011 12:00PM
Paul Teutul Sr.Orange County Choppers is facing foreclosure on an upcoming episode of its reality series, 'American Chopper.'

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]

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Kelsey Grammer Asks for Divorce But Includes Camille at Tonys to Avoid Questions on 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 14th 2011 5:45AM
Kelsey and Camille Grammer on Beverly Hills 'Housewives'Though Kelsey Grammer asks Camille for a divorce, he wants her to play the supportive-wife role a little longer. On 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (Thu., 10PM ET on BRAVO), he flies her to New York City to accompany him to the Tony Awards. Awk-ward!

"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.

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Camille Grammer: Filming Reality Show While Going Through Divorce Was 'Surreal' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 13th 2011 2:00PM

Camille Grammer on divorce, 'Housewives' on 'The Early Show'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.

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Ellen and Camille Grammer Work Out Together and Talk About Camille's Messy Divorce From Kelsey (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 7th 2011 12:30PM
On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Camille Grammer talks about her decision to appear on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' The reality star also gives details on her recent messy divorce from husband Kelsey. And, for some reason, both Camille and Ellen DeGeneres work out on exercise equipment during the interview.

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Kelsey Grammer Returning to TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 19th 2010 11:10AM
Kelsey GrammerKelsey Grammer is heading back to TV, but don't expect him to make you laugh.

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.

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Beverly Hills 'Housewives': Camille, Kelsey Grammer's Backstage Tension? (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 19th 2010 8:40AM
Kelsey, Camille Tension on Beverly Hills 'Housewives'On 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (Thu., 10PM ET on BRAVO), the ladies' trip to New York City continues (amid in-fighting), and the reason for being there has finally arrived. It's the Broadway premiere of 'La Cage Aux Folles,' in which Camille's husband Kelsey Grammer stars.

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.

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Kelsey Grammer and His Wife Say Goodbye (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 15th 2010 9:00AM
'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Kelsey Grammer and His Wife Say Goodbye'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (Thu., 10PM ET on Bravo) is part of a long-running reality series. But it seems like the show belonged in "the Hills" all along.

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.

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Wendy Williams on TV Hero Kelsey Grammer and Turning Down Reality TV

by PopEater Staff, posted Sep 11th 2010 5:30PM
Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams is back for another over-the-top season of 'The Wendy Williams Show' and has already welcomed celebrity guests like John Leguizamo, Fantasia Barrino and the 'Real Housewives of New Jersey.'

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'?

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Forget 'Frasier:' Five New Ideas for Kelsey Grammer

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 3rd 2010 3:00PM
kelsey_grammer_fox_back_to_youBased on the news story earlier this week that Kelsey Grammer is seeking advice about doing a 'Frasier' redux, a sequel to the hit NBC sitcom which earned the actor four Emmy awards as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, it seems like there are some other -- perhaps better -- suggestions for what Kelsey should do next if he comes back to television.

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.

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'Frasier' Spinoff? Kelsey Grammer 'Seriously Thinking About That'

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 1st 2010 1:30PM
Kelsey GrammerA spinoff of a spinoff? If Kelsey Grammer's Twitter musings ever become more than just passing thoughts, Dr. Frasier Crane could live again.

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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