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Kelsey Grammer Joins Fox Drama ‘Proven Innocent’ in Recasting

Actor replaces Brian d’Arcy James in midseason series from Danny Strong

Kelsey Grammer has been cast in Fox’s upcoming legal drama “Proven Innocent,” stepping in for Brian d’Arcy James, who co-starred in the pilot.

Executive produced by “Empire” co-creator Danny Strong and written by David Elliott, “Proven Innocent” is a legal drama set in a wrongful conviction firm led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer (Rachelle Lefevre).

Grammer will play Gore Bellows, the prosecutor who convicted Madeline and her brother when they were teenagers for a crime for which they were later exonerated. According to an individual familiar with the situation, James may return to the midseason series in a different role.

Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James, Vincent Kartheiser, Riley Smith and Clare O’Connor also star.

Grammer has won a total of five Emmys for playing Frasier Crane on “Cheers” and “Frasier” and for voicing the character Sideshow Bob on Fox’s “The Simpsons.” His recent TV credits include the Starz drama “Boss,” the short-lived FX sitcom “Partners” and Netflix’s animated “Trollhunters.”

He is repped by UTA and Link Entertainment.

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