Legendary sitcom director James Burrows is now attached to direct and executive produce the pilot for ABC’s straight-to-series multi-camera comedy starring Alec Baldwin, Kelsey Grammer, and Alec Mapa, according to Deadline.

James Burrows and Kelsey Grammer from "Inside the Actor's Studio"

James Burrows and Kelsey Grammer from "Inside the Actor's Studio"

What’s Happening:

  • James Burrows, who previously worked with Kelsey Grammer on Cheers and its spinoff, Frasier, is now attached to direct and executive produce the pilot for a still-untitled series starring Grammer, Alec Baldwin, and Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) for ABC from Modern Family co-creator/executive producer Chris Lloyd, E.P. Vali Chandrasekaran, and 20th Television.
  • The untitled multi-camera comedy series is slated for the 2021-22 season, and will follow three men (Grammer, Baldwin and Mapa) 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.
  • Burrows is widely known as a television director for his notable work on the aforementioned Cheers and Frasier, as well as Taxi, Will & Grace, The Big Bang Theory, and Two and A Half Men. He’s won 11 primetime Emmy awards throughout his career, with the most recent for his work on ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’.

Fun Facts:

  • This new project will be Baldwin’s first major broadcast role since starring on NBC’s 30 Rock. Of course, as of late, fans can catch him as the host of ABC’s Match Game.
  • Grammer’s best known TV roles were for the same character: Dr. Frasier Crane. He played the psychiatrist on both Cheers and Frasier.
  • Before he co-created Modern Family, Lloyd worked with Grammer on Frasier.
  • And speaking of reunions, Baldwin and Chandrasekaran have also worked together on 30 Rock, Chandrasekaran served as a writer and producer for the series.