TV News: 2012 Hugo Television Awards Honors Kelsey Grammer

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CHICAGO – The 48th Annual Hugo Television Awards took place last Thursday, April 19th, and the honoree for the career achievement award at the event was Kelsey Grammer, best known for portraying Frasier Crane on the series “Cheers” and “Frasier,” and currently portraying Mayor Tom Kane in the Starz Network cable drama “Boss.” Among the attendees paying tribute to Grammer was his long-time costar, John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s father on the sitcom.

Kelsey Grammer, Honored in Chicago on April 19th at the Hugo Television Awards
Kelsey Grammer, Honored in Chicago on April 19th at the Hugo Television Awards
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The Hugo Television Awards, presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, took place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, and was hosted by Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini of the local ABC-7 “Windy City Live” morning show. The awards are an annual international competition that honors the best television commercials and productions from around the world.

Kelsey Grammer Displays his Hugo Award
Kelsey Grammer Displays his Hugo Award
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The Founder and Artistic Director of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, Michael Kutza, stated upon announcing the honor, “For decades Kelsey Grammer has entertained us – across genres and media he has proven himself to be a remarkable talent. From the stage to the screen, from behind the camera to our television, Grammer has provided audiences with some of our most beloved, iconic characters. We are thrilled to honor him for his television work at the Hugos.”

Grammer is currently shooting the second season of his well-received new dramatic series for the Starz Network, “Boss.” Tom Kane is the mayor of Chicago, who is hiding a neurological condition from his staff as he attempts to maintain power. The critically acclaimed series scored a Golden Globe for Grammer at the 2012 ceremony. Grammer had previously won two Globes for Frasier, as well as five Emmy Awards for “Frasier” and his voice work as Sideshow Bob on “The Simpsons.”

In accepting the award, Grammer remarked, “I’ve had such great blessings in my life, and I hope to get to do more things that I love.”

For more information regarding the Hugo Television Awards, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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