‘Proven Innocent’ Executive Producer Danny Strong on the Grim Real-Life Case That Obsessed Him

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While the fictional overturned murder conviction at the center of “Proven Innocent” isn’t based on one particular real-life case, that doesn’t mean Fox’s new legal drama won’t be pulling from actual examples of people who were — and some who weren’t — proven innocent.

“For the case of the week, I wouldn’t say they’re ripped from the headlines,” executive producer and writer Danny Strong told TheWrap in an interview ahead of “Proven Innocent’s” series premiere last Friday. “They are usually very loosely inspired from a case that we’ve heard about. Like we wanted to do something on transgender issues or we wanted to do something on the racial hate movement, the death penalty, shaken baby syndrome.”

“Certainly, we’ve been inspired by real-life cases too,” Strong added, before detailing one that he truly became obsessed with while working on the show’s first season.

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“There was a case I read about of a Hindu woman who had a miscarriage and the details were a little murky, but she left her fetus in a dumpster and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. And the sentence was so unjust and draconian. And that inspired an episode, because a white woman wouldn’t have gotten that sentence. So we explore wrongful disposal of a fetus and exploiting the abortion argument.”

Created by David Elliot, “Proven Innocent” follows an underdog criminal defense firm led by Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre), a fierce and uncompromising lawyer with a hunger for justice, who was wrongfully convicted at the age of 18 in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession.

Along with Lefevre, the series stars Russell Hornsby (Easy Boudreau), Vincent Kartheiser (Bodie Quick), Riley Smith (Levi Scott), Kelsey Grammer (Gore Bellows), Nikki M. James (Violet Price), and Clare O’Connor (Young Madeline).

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“Proven Innocent” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Danny Strong Productions. Strong, Elliot and Stacy Greenberg are executive producers. Adam Armus is an executive producer and showrunner.

“Proven Innocent” airs Fridays at 9/8c on Fox.

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Kelsey Grammer now says none of the ideas for a Frasier reboot are good enough

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Kelsey Grammer Told Original ‘Frasier’ Cast He’d Want Them for a Reboot

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If Dr. Frasier Crane were to return to television in a reboot of “Frasier,” Kelsey Grammer wants Niles, Daphne and Roz along for the ride.

“I let them know if there were to be such a thing, I would want them all to still be in there,” Grammer told TheWrap. Sadly, any potential reboot would not include John Mahoney, who played gruff family patriarch Martin Crane, who died in February at age 77. That fact alone caused an outcry among “Frasier” fans.

Last week, TheWrap reported that Grammer was exploring a potential reboot of “Frasier.” The end of the series in 2004 saw Dr. Crane board a plane leaving Seattle for Chicago, so the character already had one foot out the door of The Great Northwest. “I don’t want to go back to Seattle,” Grammer said, confirming any potential reboot would be set in a new location.

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Talks about a potential reboot actually started a few years ago, around the same time revivals of classic TV shows were starting to pop up. “Conversations were had with NBC, some conversations were had with CBS,” said Grammer, adding that those early talks were “exploratory.” The business end of the show (it aired on NBC but is owned by CBS TV Studios) also poses obstacles, he said. “The only thing going for it is that he was a great, memorable character. It was a great show.”

The past few years have seen revivals of classic TV sitcoms including “Roseanne,” “Will & Grace” and “Murphy Brown” — which returns to CBS this fall. And Grammer said he knows why TV networks are turning back the clock.

“Because TV sucks,” he said. “There are not comparable comedies to what there were in the golden age.”

Though it appears that the classic TV format is making a comeback, don’t order that tossed salad and scrambled eggs just yet.

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“We’ve talked to a couple of writers who are working on an idea,” he said. “If the writing for the revival becomes what it was previously, that would it make it interesting enough to think about it. We’re not at the stage yet.”

“Frasier” aired on NBC for 11 seasons from 1993-2004 as part of NBC’s “Must See Thursday” comedy block. It was itself a spinoff of “Cheers,” which saw Dr. Frasier Crane move from Boston to Seattle. Grammer has played the character for 20 years between the two shows.

Due to CBS’ ownership of the sitcom, any comeback could see the show switch broadcast networks. Speaking with reporters after his TCA panel for Fox’s “Proven Innocent,” Grammer hinted that NBC would not be interested.

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‘Frasier’ Fans Torn Over Possible Reboot Without John Mahoney: ‘I Don’t See the Point’

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“Frasier” fans were listening on Wednesday when news broke that the sitcom could be returning — and as it turns out, some of them were choking on those tossed salads and scrambled eggs.

Following reports that “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer, who played Dr. Frasier Crane on the beloved comedy from 1993 to 2004, is exploring a potential reboot, fans of the original show offered their thoughts on social media.

While there was no shortage of enthusiasts eager to see a return of the series, others expressed their reservations about the idea.

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Of the naysayers, a significant portion felt that any potential reboot would be missing a key component in the form of John Mahoney, who played gruff family patriarch Martin Crane on the original series, and who died in February at age 77.

“Not saying they should be put in prison immediately, but the people proposing bringing Frasier back without John Mahoney should definitely be on trial at the very least,” assessed one commenter.

“Look, I love Frasier. And I mean ADORE that show. But honestly? Without John Mahoney, I don’t see the point,” read another doubtful reaction.

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“Frasier minus John Mahoney sounds kind of not great,” went another critique.

Blunter still was another commenter who wrote, “yes I heard abt the frasier reboot, no I am not excited. any version of frasier that does not include martin is 100% dogs–t and they can absolutely keep it.”

There were other reservations not involving the absence of Mahoney from a potential reboot. One commenter seemed to fear that Grammer’s conservative views would be injected into a reboot of the show.

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“Sorry to burst any bubbles but a frasier reboot will 100 percent feature at least one episode of fraiser [sic] helping liberals get over ‘trump derangement syndrome,’” the concerned commenter wrote.

Another commenter brought up a number of practical issues with reviving a series that revolved around a psychiatrist-turned-radio host, such as that radio “doesn’t exist anymore” and that “American healthcare doesn’t allow anyone to seek out mental health treatment.”

“My only worry about a FRASIER reboot is that what was essentially a timeless show will go too topical in order to keep up with all the recent developments in opera,” read another reaction.

On the “yay” side of the aisle, there was “FRASIER IS THE ONLY REBOOT NEEDED.”

And also, “This is the greatest news! FRASIER!!” from none other than NBC News personality Megyn Kelly.

An insider with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that the possible return of Dr. Frasier Crane is in the very early stages.

“Kelsey potentially wants to revive the project hence he is taking meetings with various writers,” the insider said, before cautioning that there’s not even discussions with CBS TV Studios at this point.

Not saying they should be put in prison immediately, but the people proposing bringing Frasier back without John Mahoney should definitely be on trial at the very least.

– Barrylad Approval Rate: 37% (@TheBarrylad) July 25, 2018

Look, I love Frasier. And I mean ADORE that show.
But honestly? Without John Mahoney, I don’t see the point.

– Albert Muller (@aj_macready) July 25, 2018

Frasier minus John Mahoney sounds kind of not great.

– Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 25, 2018

unless brubs mentioned it i’d literally forgotten that john died ugh how depressing. there definitely wouldn’t be a point in doing a frasier reboot without him. he was arguably the heart of the show.

– ??’-??’???’?bi-tastic (@tompettys) July 25, 2018

sorry to burst any bubbles but a frasier reboot will 100% feature at least one episode of fraiser helping liberals get over “trump derangement syndrome”

– David Grossman (@davidgross_man) July 25, 2018

Possible problems with a Frasier reboot:
-Radio doesn’t exist anymore
-American healthcare doesn’t allow anyone to seek out mental health treatment
-Frasier WILL get shot
-Eddie is in rehab
-The Space Needle got fat

– Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) July 25, 2018

My only worry about a FRASIER reboot is that what was essentially a timeless show will go too topical in order to keep up with all the recent developments in opera.

– Jeremy Woodcock (@jwPencilAndPad) July 25, 2018

FRASIER IS THE ONLY REBOOT NEEDED pic.twitter.com/g3CIhrPBfO

– Carrie Wittmer???????? (@carriesnotscary) July 25, 2018

“Good news, Frasier fans! Kelsey Grammer wants to do a reboot!”
Me, a Frasier fan: pic.twitter.com/F9VW0x6fro

– Brad Brown Returns (@BlasterNation) July 25, 2018

This is the greatest news! FRASIER!! https://t.co/OM71AEHNxE

– Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 25, 2018

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Kelsey Grammer Is Taking Meetings on Possible ‘Frasier’ Reboot

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We could have another reboot of a classic TV sitcom on our hands. Kelsey Grammer is exploring a potential reboot of “Frasier.”

An insider with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that the possible return of Dr. Frasier Crane is in the very early stages.

“Kelsey potentially wants to revive the project hence he is taking meetings with various writers,” the insider said, before cautioning that there’s not even discussions with CBS TV Studios at this point.

CBS TV Studios declined to comment. Reps for Grammer did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Per Deadline, which first reported the news, the potential reboot would be different from other revivals “Will & Grace,” “Roseanne” and “Murphy Brown,” in that it wouldn’t simply be a continuation of the same story. It would see Grammer’s talk radio psychiatrist relocate to another city (something the character already has done before).

The show was produced by Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. and Paramount Network Television, CBS TV Studios’ predecessor.

“Frasier” aired on NBC for 11 seasons from 1993-2004 as part of NBC’s “Must See Thursday” comedy block. It was itself a spinoff of “Cheers,” which saw Dr. Frasier Crane move from Boston to Seattle. Grammer has played the character for 20 years between the two shows.

Due to CBS’ ownership of the sitcom, any comeback could see the show switch broadcast networks.

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Kelsey Grammer Joins Fox Drama ‘Proven Innocent’ in Recasting

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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.

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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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