Patricia Heaton Articles >> 2007
March 21 2007

Action News

FOX Comedy Series Development 2007-2008

13 episodes ordered

In the 90s, the local TV news scene in Pittsburgh was dominated by one team: Chuck Darling (Kelsey Grammer, "Frasier," "Cheers") and Kelly Carr(Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond"). They had that elusive quality all news teams need: chemistry ... at least on-screen. Off-screen, Chuck was a bit of an egomaniacal womanizer, Kelly a bit of an uptight know-it-all. So when Chuck got the call to move up to a larger market, no tears were shed.

Now, after an embarrassing newscast tirade ends up on the Internet, Chuck finds himself on the downswing career-wise. He's even questioning whether his lifestyle of chasing women and living in hotels is as exciting as it used to be. So when he gets the call to return to Pittsburgh, to reunite with Kelly and try to take the newscast back to No. 1, it's an offer he can't refuse.

Back in Pittsburgh, Chuck has a couple of new co-workers: Montana Diaz Herrera (Aimee Garcia, "A Lot Like Love"), the perky, sexy, somewhat inept weather anchor, and Ryan Church (Paul Campbell, "Battlestar Galactica"), the overstressed news director.

There are also familiar faces like Marsh McGinley (Fred Willard, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Everybody Loves Raymond"), the affable, endlessly inappropriate sports anchor, and Gary Crezyzewki, pronounced Kre-shoov-ski (Ty Burrell, "In Good Company," "Out of Practice"), the perennially put-upon field reporter who always seems to get left out in the snow. But, mostly, there's Kelly, now a single mom to 10-year-old Gracie (Laura Marano, "Without a Trace"). There was magic between them once. Can they find it again?

ACTION NEWS is written and executive-produced by Steven Levitan ("Just Shoot Me!," "Frasier," "Wings") and Christopher Lloyd ("Frasier," "The Golden Girls").


Patricia Heaton as Kelly
Kelsey Grammer as Chuck
Fred Willard as Marsh
Aimee Garcia as Montana
Paul Campbell as Ryan
Ty Burrell as Gary
Laura Marano as Gracie

Production Companies

20th Century Fox Television
Levitan/Lloyd Productions

Executive Producers / Writers

Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd