Months after the network opted not to go forward on his last pilot, Kelsey Grammer has signed on for an untitled comedy at ABC.
According to Variety, Grammer will play a corporate tycoon whose job is downsized, forcing him to reconnect with his family. Tucker Cawley (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is writing the pilot, which is set up at Warner Bros. TV.
Produced by Tom Werner’s Good Humor TV, the pilot will be a multi-camera half-hour.
This means that both of the Emmy-winning stars of FOX’s short-lived “Back to You” will be bucking for comedy space on ABC. Patricia Heaton’s “The Middle” is also in development at the network through WBTV.
Grammer’s most recently appeared in the pilot “Roman’s Empire,” which ABC opted not to send to series.
The “Frasier” and “Cheers” veteran has been seen on the big screen in “An American Carol” and “Swing Vote.” He also has a role in MGM’s upcoming remake of “Fame.”