Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer are both set to make their return to sitcoms, as ABC has given a straight-to-series order for a new multi-camera comedy series starring the two veteran actors. Additionally, Baldwin and Grammer are on board to executive produce. Scheduled for the 2021-22 television season, the series is written by Modern Family co-creator Chris Lloyd and executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran of the studio 20th Television. Jason Schrift, Matt DelPiano, Tom Russo, Adam Griffin, and Jeff Morton also executive produce.
As of now, the new sitcom hasn't yet been titled, but word is the show will follow "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." There's no word yet on who might be playing the third roommate of the trio.
ABC appears to see great potential in the new series, based on the success each of its lead actors has found on separate sitcoms in years past. For his acclaimed role on 30 Rock, Baldwin managed to win two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and seven consecutive SAG Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. He is also coming off of a years-long run portraying Donald Trump in a series of sketches on Saturday Night Live, another role that won him a Primetime Emmy Award in 2017. Following the 2020 presidential election results, Baldwin joked that he was "overjoyed" to lose the role.
Of course, Kelsey Grammar is also very well known for starring in the popular sitcom Frasier, a spinoff of the similarly-popular comedy series Cheers. His role as Dr. Frasier Crane won him four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series along with two Golden Globes and a SAG award as part of the ensemble cast. Additionally, Grammar won an Emmy for voicing the character Sideshow Bob for an episode of The Simpsons called, "The Italian Bob."
News of Grammer landing the new series also appears to be a bad sign for his planned Frasier reboot series. Last year, Grammer had openly spoken about his desire to produce a Frasier revival, hoping to conclude Dr. Crane's story with a "third act." Progress appeared to be moving along swimmingly when Grammer teased a 2020 debut for the reboot series, although major updates on the project have since been nonexistent. If Grammer has signed on to star in a completely separate comedy series, he might be too busy to revive Dr. Crane as he had been planning.
In any case, the concept for the new sitcom starring Baldwin and Grammer has apparently piqued the interest of ABC enough for the network to give the show a straight-to-series order. With plans to debut the show in the 2021-22 season, production will likely begin early next year. It's likely that an additional casting announcement for who will be playing the third roommate on the show will also be made soon. This news comes to us from Deadline.