Tuesday, May 28, 2024

We Dodged a Bullet: Report that ABC Won’t Go Ahead with Kelsey Grammer-Alec Baldwin Sitcom


Did you hear that ABC ordered a series starring Kelsey Grammer and Alec Baldwin? It was not going to be called “Kings of Bombast,” but it could have been.

Now Deadline reports that we viewers dodged a bullet. ABC is not going forward with it. Thank god is all I can see. Much as it would have been fun to write about, “Bombast”– my title– would have been an excruciating half hour.

The premise was Alex and Kelsey, more or less the same age, as old college buddies who reunite “to live the lives they always wanted.” I don’t know what that means. Is it La Cage aux Folles? Are they gay? And there was a third roommate, named Alec Mapa, who I think is a real life gay comedian. Can you imagine what this would have been? And the great James Burrows was going to direct and produce.

Whew! Deadline says this might have been a “companion show” to “The Conners,” even though ABC has done everything to kill that show. It needs to move back to 8pm on Tuesdays before it’s dead for good.

A little Kelsey or Alec solo goes a long way. The idea of the two of them in the same space…this was the universe speaking. No. Please. No.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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