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Ex-'Idol' Constantine Maroulis signs ABC sitcom deal
Ex-'Idol' Maroulis signs ABC sitcom deal
By Kimberly SpeightMon Oct 3,10:52 AM ET
Former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis is ready to return to television, this time in a sitcom that's being developed for him by ABC and Kelsey Grammer's production company.
The project is in the very early stages of development, with the details still being hammered out and no writer yet attached, said Steve Stark, president of Grammer's Grammnet Prods. banner.
Grammnet brought Maroulis to ABC, which then signed a talent holding deal with him, said Stark, who called Maroulis a "showman" with a "bigger-than-life personality" who stood apart from the rest of the "Idol" Season 4 contestants.
"We saw something in him that was very unique, as did ABC," Stark said. "Collectively, we are trying to figure out the best way to showcase him in a half-hour series."
Maroulis' pact with ABC also gives the network the option of casting him in another project, comedy or drama.
Stark also noted that Maroulis has a background in theater, having trained at the Boston Conservatory.
Maroulis came in sixth place during the most recent season of Fox's singing competition "Idol."