Kelsey Grammer is producing an NBC cop drama based on Freakonomics

Kelsey Grammer is producing an NBC cop drama based on Freakonomics

When Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner published 2005's Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything, many took it for just a collection of essays on outside-the-box views on practical economics, espoused by a couple of guys who disagreed on how best to spell their shared first name. Seven years, one sequel, a blog, a podcast, and a feature film later, it’s clear that Freakonomics is, in fact, an ever-replicating entertainment machine that means to sink its tendrils into every medium available to 21st-century man. But with Philip Glass probably still blocked on Freakonomics: The Opera, there hasn't been a new Freakonomics project since 2010's anthology documentary.

To the rescue comes Kelsey Grammer, whose Grammnet Productions is whipping up Pariah for NBC, a drama that Deadline describes as a police procedural that features Freakonomics-inspired characters—specifically, a "rogue academic" who helps law enforcement solve crimes by conducting controversial experiments based on the methods in the book, causing an uproar. Grammer is co-producing the show with Lionsgate, also the partner on his very serious-minded Starz series Boss, which suggests that Pariah will also be very serious-minded. Or, at least, as serious-minded as a cop show based on Freakonomics can be. 

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