Fox Nation to Stream New American History Series Hosted by Kelsey Grammer

Fox Nation April 6 announced it will debut a new series hosted by actor Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) titled, “Kelsey Grammer’s Historic Battles for America,” launching May 1. Grammer will take viewers on an inside look at eight key battles that left an indelible mark on the United States, spanning the American Revolution, the Texas Revolution, the Civil War and the American Indian Wars.

“Kelsey is a legend in the entertainment industry, and we are proud to bring his talents to our platform,” Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, said in a statement. “His affinity for our nation’s history and charismatic delivery will provide [our] subscribers with an entertaining, yet educational viewing experience they can’t get anywhere else.”

The chronological eight-part series will begin with three episodes on battles during the American Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of Brooklyn, and the Battle of Yorktown. After the focus on the American Revolution, the show will bring viewers inside the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution followed by three episodes on the American Civil War, highlighting the First Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam and the Siege of Vicksburg.

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Grammer will conclude the series with a spotlight on the American Indian Wars’ Battle of the Little Bighorn.

With an illustrious career spanning three decades, Grammer’s work includes critically acclaimed stints on Broadway, roles on several hit series and parts in award-winning movies. His role as Dr. Frasier Crane on “Cheers” and “Frasier” remains one of the most beloved characters in television history. The Juilliard-trained actor has won one Tony, six Emmys, three Golden Globes and a SAG Award. Additionally, Grammer has received 18 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, 16 SAG nominations and two Tony nominations.

‘Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop’ Gets Feb. 8 Home Release Dates

Lionsgate on Feb. 8 will release Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop to home viewers.

The film, starring Nathalie Cox and Kelsey Grammer, will be available on demand as well as through digital retailers and on DVD.

Orphaned at a young age, Elizabeth Willoughby (Cox) inherited her impressive family estate and was raised by a retired U.S. Marine, Robert (Grammer), who also runs the family business.

Under his watchful guidance, her childhood was spent studying strategy, history and literature, all the while mastering the ancient arts of combat.

Now an Ancient Civilization professor at University, Willoughby receives a call from family friends Helen and Oliver Deakins, who have been experiencing a series of hauntings at their antique bookshop. With nobody else to turn to, and knowing Willoughby’s insatiable appetite for investigation, Helen asks Willoughby to get to the bottom of this paranormal mystery.

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Death Row Records Doc, Kelsey Grammer Starrer Among Titles Available on Disc in October From Gravitas Ventures

The documentary Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac, the Kelsey Grammer romantic drama Charming the Hearts of Men and the sci-fi mystery Infinitum: Subject Unknown are among the titles being released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc by Gravitas Ventures in October.

Infinitum: Subject Unknown

Infinitum: Subject Unknown, starring Ian McKellen, Conleth Hill and Tori Butler-Hart, debuts on disc Oct. 5. The film follows Jane (Butler-Hart), who wakes up in a strange attic, in a parallel world, with seemingly no way out. She soon discovers that she is stuck in a time-loop, destined to relive the same day over and over again. With each “reset” she begins to reclaim her memories and piece together the clues to what is happening to her and the world around her, which seems to now be devoid of human life. Only through the help of Marland-White (McKellen) she will uncover the truth to help her escape from this never-ending nightmare.

Charming the Hearts of Men, starring Grammer, Anna Friel, Sean Astin and Courtney Gains, is available Oct. 12. In the romantic drama set during the politically charged early 1960s, a sophisticated woman returns to her southern hometown and discovers her options are limited yet discrimination is plentiful. With the help of a congressional ally, she inspires historic legislation which allows opportunities and protections never before afforded to women.

The documentary Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac is available Oct. 19. Suge Knight, the former CEO of legendary rap music label Death Row Records, was recently sentenced to 28 years in prison for manslaughter and other violent crimes not typically associated with a highly successful record executive. This film takes a look at Death Row and how L.A.’s street gang culture had come to dominate its business workings. The film also looks at the allegation of former LAPD detective Russel Poole that the reprisal killing of Biggie Smalls, a retaliation to the murder of Tupac, was commissioned by Suge Knight with the help of corrupt LAPD officers who were moonlighting at Death Row Records. These police officers were also members of Suge’s criminal gang the Mob Piru’s and with their resources helped orchestrate the hit on Biggie Smalls. The film produces new evidence and witnesses who actually saw these LAPD officers present on the night of Biggie’s murder, and who also testify that critical information had been deliberately withheld and concealed by the LAPD.

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Another documentary, At the Ready, debuts Oct. 22. Just 10 miles from the Mexican border, students at Horizon High School in El Paso, Texas, are enrolling in law enforcement classes and joining a unique after-school activity: the criminal justice club. Through mock-ups of drug raids and active-shooter takedowns, they inch closer to their desired careers in Border Patrol, policing, and customs enforcement. The documentary follows Mexican American students Kassy and Cesar and recent graduate Cristina as they navigate the complications inherent in their chosen path and discover their choices may clash with the values and people they hold most dear.

Between Me and My Mind

Gravitas will release a third documentary, Between Me and My Mind, Oct. 26. As the frontman of the rock band Phish, Trey Anastasio’s virtuosic musicianship has made him an icon, beloved by his die-hard fanbase for the depth of his artistic output and the boundless enthusiasm that he exudes, both onstage and off. Between Me and My Mind offers a private and unprecedented tour of Anastasio’s musical mind as he focuses on the composing process that has produced hundreds of memorable songs over his 35-plus year career. In the film, Anastasio reflects intimately on his life and work while surrounded by his family and friends, those that nurture his creative inspiration.

Kelsey Grammer Film ‘The Space Between’ Due on Digital and VOD June 15

The Kelsey Grammer film The Space Between will come out on digital and VOD June 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film will have a limited theatrical run starting April 23.

In the coming-of-age story set during the 1990s L.A. music scene, Grammer stars as Micky Adams, an eccentric has-been rock musician who loses his grip on reality as his record label looks to drop him and his new “unique” albums. In hopes of breaking out of the mailroom, young Charlie Porter (Jackson White) is tasked with traveling to the musician’s bizarre home and forcing Micky out of his contract. Micky realizes Charlie could be the key to an artistic breakthrough and the pair’s unlikely friendship grows. The odd but powerful bond helps both gain perspective on the music industry, life, love — and the space between.

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IMDb Announces First Scripted Series ‘You’re Not a Monster’

Online site IMDb has announced its first-ever scripted show, the animated series “You’re Not a Monster” debuting this fall.

Fans at San Diego Comic-Con this month will get a sneak peek of the 10-episode, short-form series when its trailer premieres on the IMDboat.

The show joins other IMDb original series “The IMDb Show,” “IMDbrief” and “Casting Calls.”

In “You’re Not a Monster,” Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) voices a former psychiatrist-turned-vampire who mentors his great-great grandson Max (Eric Stonestreet), a therapist who has inherited his practice. In each four- to five-minute episode, Max treats classic monsters, including Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Medusa, as they seek therapeutic help. Rounding out the voice cast is Aparna Nancherla as a demon receptionist, Ellie Kemper as a therapist who thinks Max is imagining everything, and Peter Grosz, Langston Kerman, Joel Kim Booster, Patton Oswalt, Adam Pally, Amber Ruffin, Amy Sedaris and Milana Vayntrub as monsters.

Show creators and cast members, including Grammer and Nancherla, will participate in an exclusive interview with host Kevin Smith on the IMDboat at Comic-Con July 20.

“Monsters are people, too,” said Grammer, who serves as executive producer of the series, in a statement.

The comedy series is created and written by four-time Emmy-winner Frank Lesser (“The Colbert Report”). Lily Stuart Streiff serves as Animation Director.

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“As a movie fan, I’ve always loved IMDb and am excited to work with them to humanize these inhuman creatures,” said Lesser in a statement. “Plus, I figured this would be the easiest way to get another credit on my IMDb page. ‘You’re Not a Monster’ is a show with a lot of heart. And, yes, sometimes that heart is lying in a pool of blood, but it still looks adorable thanks to Lily’s Streiff’s delightful character design.”

“We are thrilled to offer a new original comedy series to our fans as we shine a light on the daily struggles faced by classic movie monsters,” said Steve Bernstein, GM of IMDb Video, in a statement. “’You’re Not a Monster’ is not only the first-ever animated series for IMDb, but also our first scripted program, and introducing the show on the IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con is the perfect place to share its fun narrative alongside members of the incredible cast.”

“You’re Not a Monster” premieres this fall at www.imdb.com/monster, on the IMDb TV free streaming video channel, and on the IMDb iOS and Android apps.

IMDb, also worldwide source for information on movies, TV shows and celebrities, is an Amazon company.