Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer ("Cheers, "Frasier," "Boss") has joined the cast of FOX's upcoming drama, "Proven Innocent." Grammer will play Gore Bellows, a hard-as-nails and tough-on-crime state's attorney, who goes up against an underdog legal team committed to reopening investigations to exonerate the innocent who were "proven" guilty.
The series is scheduled to premiere midseason.
"The subject matter is very timely and worth exploring; I am excited to be a part of that," Grammer said.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and "Empire" co-creator Danny Strong partners with David Elliot ("Four Brothers") to tell the emotional story of one woman's fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own. "Proven Innocent" follows a criminal defense firm led by Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre, "Under the Dome," "A Gifted Man"), a fierce and uncompromising lawyer with a hunger for justice. There is no one who understands the power of setting an innocent person free more than Madeline. At age 18, she was wrongfully convicted, along with her brother, Levi Scott (Riley Smith, "Frequency"), in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession, a household name and a national cause célèbre.
Madeline runs the firm with her partner, Easy Boudreau (Russell Hornsby, "Seven Seconds," "Grimm"), the very lawyer who helped set her free after 10 years in prison. Their team also includes investigator Bodie Quick (Vincent Kartheiser, "Mad Men") and communications director Violet Bell (Tony Award winner Nikki M. James, "The Good Wife," "The Book of Mormon"), who runs a true-crime podcast that follows each investigation. While a hero and a victim to some, Madeline's bold and bullish tactics earn her a number of enemies - especially Gore Bellows (Grammer), the prosecutor who initially put her away and still believes in her guilt. Despite Bellows' ceaseless quest to see her behind bars again, Madeline will continue to defend others, even as she fights to maintain her innocence and searches for the real killer in her own case.
Grammer is known for his two-decade-long portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the sitcoms "Cheers," "Wings" and "Frasier." He has won six Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and a SAG Award, and has received an unparalleled 18 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, 16 SAG nominations and a Tony nomination. He has excelled at the highest level in theater, television and film as an actor, producer and voice actor, most recently in Guillermo del Toro's animated series, "Trollhunters," for which he won his sixth Emmy Award.