Tell Maris the good news and make sure she stays out of sight! After years of rumours, Kelsey Grammer has finally confirmed that a Frasier (stream now on Crave) revival is a go. We’re listening.
The actor is set to reprise his role as the Seattle-based psychiatrist in the upcoming reboot for Paramount’s new streaming service, Paramount+, and the revival of the beloved long-running sitcom will act as one of the platform’s biggest properties.
"Having spent over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount lot, both producing shows and performing in several, I'd like to congratulate Paramount+ on its entry into the streaming world," said Grammer in a statement on Wednesday. "I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane."
Grammer’s character originated on the long-running sitcom Cheers before relocating from Boston to the West Coast (fictionally speaking) for his own spin-off series when Cheers came to an end in 1993.
Running for 11 years until its finale in 2004, Frasier featured an impressive cast of David Hyde Pearce as Dr. Niles Crane, Frasier’s brother; John Mahoney as Martin Crane, the blue collar father to the academically-inclined psychiatrists; Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, Martin’s caretaker who eventually married Niles; and Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, Frasier’s producer for his therapy radio talk show. Bebe Neuwirth often reprised her Cheers role as Frasier’s ex-wife Dr. Lilith Sternin.
During its time on air, Frasier won an incredible 37 Emmys and two Golden Globes, with Grammer taking home a Best Actor award twice for the latter.
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Grammer, who will executive produce the reboot, had previously spoken about the possibility of returning to his most famous character. In a 2019 interview with the UK’s This Morning, Grammer said it didn’t make sense for Frasier to follow in the steps of the recently rebooted Will & Grace, which picked up immediately following the sitcom’s original ending.
“He [Frasier] was leaving town at the end of the show previously and he was going to go explore his life in Chicago with his new lady love. Whether or not that went badly or went swimmingly, who knows,” said Grammer. It’s Frasier, so we’ll assume badly. “These are all the things we have to settle on and figure out what he’s going to do next. Maybe a professorship somewhere, he may be back in private practice. Something that puts him at odds with his brother again and their new life. They [Niles and Daphne] have a child now and my son Freddy would be 30.”
Grammer is currently the only cast member who has signed on for the reboot. In 2018, Mahoney died from complications of throat cancer, leaving a massive hole in the upcoming revival.
Earlier this month, Leeves told EW that she would not leave her role as hospital CEO Kit Voss on the medical drama The Resident (Tuesdays at 8pET on CTV) should a Frasier revival get the green light. In an interview published on February 17, Leeves said that she believed a Frasier revival was still a long way away.
"I have no idea, but I won't be leaving The Resident to do that if it happens," said Leeves when asked about the revival. "There's a lot of pieces that have to come together to make [the revival] happen." Hopefully, Leeves can take part in both projects, because a Frasier revival without a Daphne means a Frasier revival with a very, very sad Niles.
Following the end of the series, Grammer has appeared in several films and TV shows, and enjoyed years of success on Broadway as an actor and director. Gilpin has continued to work in TV and film, most notably with a starring role on all three seasons of the gymnastics series Make It Or Break It. In addition to The Resident, Leeves also starred opposite Betty White on six seasons of Hot In Cleveland.
Stream all 11 seasons of Frasier now on Crave.
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