Frasier, the Cheers spin-off, starring Kelsey Grammer as radio psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane, won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five seasons, claiming 37 Emmy Awards overall and finishing in the year-end top 20 in each of its first nine seasons, including four in the top 10.
Grammer has previously announced that a revival of the character is in the planning stage. In an interview on WNBC New York, Grammer offered some vague hints as to what we can expect from the new show. He said the character, who moved from Boston to Seattle for the original series, will end up in another new place but doesn’t say if that will be Chicago, where he landed at the end of the final episode. “He thinks he’s gonna go off and do one thing, and sure enough, his life takes him in another direction,” Adding, almost tearfully, “And he ends up rich beyond his dreams.”
But what of his co-stars in Frasier: David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane), Jane Leeves (Daphne Crane nee Moon) and Peri Gilpin (Roz Doyle) have not yet signed up for the new show. Grammer told WNBC that he has “reached out to everybody,” but so far, none has committed. As for the absence of John Mahoney (Martin Crane), who sadly died in 2018, having appeared in all of Frasier’s 263 episodes, Grammer said, “We intend to deal with that some in the first episode.”
How close the new Frasier is to the original remains to be seen but he should be safe in the hands of writers Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life In Pieces), who will exec produce along with Grammer, Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon. The series will be produced by CBS Studios in association with Grammnet Productions.