Hank premieres on TV2

5:00pm Sunday, January 9 on TV2

Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) stars in TV2’s brand new comedy series, Hank, as Hank Pryor, a former CEO who suddenly finds himself out of work, almost out of money and around a wife and kids for whom he’s never made much time.

Hank moves the family back to River Bend, Virginia, the small-town site of his first business success. A self-made man, Hank is used to being the boss. But now that he’s lost almost everything, is he up for the even bigger challenge of being a husband and father. While his wife, Tilly (Melinda McGraw), regrets having to leave the glitz of New York City, Hank is gung-ho to relaunch his career in the place where it all began. Unfortunately, this also means having to spend way too much time with his brother-in-law, Grady Funk (David Koechner), who delights in Hank’s recent misfortunes.

Hank struggles to find common ground with his kids: offbeat son Henry (Nathan Gamble), who would rather play with action figures than toss a baseball with his dad, and daughter Maddie (Jordan Hinson), a hip New York City teen in whose eyes Hank can do no right. Despite his recent setbacks, however, Hank is confident he’s on the road back to the top. He knows he is destined to return to greatness. And he is – just not the greatness he imagines.

Break-out roles for child stars Gamble (Henry) and Hinson (Maddie), helped to give the brand-new comedy series an edge and lead actress, McGraw, was most impressed with the maturity levels the pair exuded. “They’re both so professional and I think they both seem like kids who are sophisticated like New Yorkers,” says McGraw.

“I think that that was key to the casting of their roles, is that not only did they have good timing, which is extremely important in comedy, and that we somewhat looked like a family, they had a worldliness to them, which is something that you get if you grow up in a major city with privilege and having travelled extensively,” she continues.

Grammer agrees. He says, “they’re just smart kids, they’re smart people, that’s why it’s nice to have them there … I think we’ve got a couple of well-rounded, heads-squarely-on-their-shoulders kind of kids. And Jordan is a very talented girl who is actually willing to try things and that’s a real luxury.”

As well as being involved with child actors on screen, Grammer’s daughter, Spencer, is an actress and star of TV2’s high school drama Greek. Although Grammer is proud as punch of his daughter’s achievements, it was important for him that Spencer followed her heart when choosing a career path.

He says of Spencer’s decision, “I had no advice for her … the only thing I did say to Spence was, ‘Don’t get into this to be famous, do it because you love it, if you don’t love it, figure out something else to do, do something you love’, and I think she wrestled with it for quite a while, because when she was a kid she wanted to be either a scientist or a veterinarian, but her mum wanted her to be a TV star.

“[Spencer] went to New York – my wife actually advised her to go to New York and said ‘Take the time to figure it out, if you really do love this’ – and I think in New York she can to terms with the idea that it was something she really wanted to do, and so I’m very proud of her because it became her choice and not somebody else’s.”

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