10:43am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Kelsey Grammer to Star in Fox Drama 'Proven Innocent'
Kelsey Grammer is returning to broadcast television.
The Emmy winner (Cheers, Frasier) has been tapped to star in Fox's new legal drama Proven Innocent, replacing Brian D’Arcy James, who played the role in the pilot.
Set to premiere midseason, the series is set at a wrongful conviction firm. Rachelle Lefevre stars as a lawyer leading a team that reopens investigations in a bid to exonerate the innocent that were "proven" guilty.
Grammer takes over the role of Cole Bellows, a tough-on-crime state's attorney who goes up against the underdog legal team led by Lefevre's character, Madeline Scott.
Written by David Elliot (Four Brothers) and executive produced by Empire's Danny Strong, Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), Russell Hornsby (Grimm) and Riley Smith star in the 20th Century Fox Television project. Sources say producers loved James and have plans to bring him back in the series, though in a different and likely reduced role.
Grammer won five Emmys for his role as Frasier Crane on Cheers and its spinoff Frasier. His TV roles include Boss, Amazon's The Last Tycoon and a voice role on Fox's The Simpsons (as Sideshow Bob).
“The subject matter is very timely and worth exploring; I am excited to be a part of that,” he said.
Grammer is repped by UTA and Link Entertainment.
A premiere date for Proven Innocent has yet to be determined. Watch the trailer, below.