‘Cheers’ Star Revealed How Being a ‘Funny Leading Man Type’ Led to Getting Role

by Anna Dunn

Kelsey Grammer, star of Cheers and the subsequent Frasier, explained how he got the role of Frasier on the Rich Eisen Show. Apparently, Mandy Patinkin told the casting director for Paramount Pictures that he’s a “funny, leading man type.”

Grammer said he told her, “Yeah, I guess you’re right about that.” That’s how he booked the audition.

Frasier’s last name was originally Nye, but Grammer didn’t think that fit the character. They quickly changed it to Frasier Crane. A few weeks after his audition, Grammer got a call saying he had the part.

Little did he know that that audition would land him one of the most iconic roles of all time that would take him on a years-long journey that’s still continuing to this day.

‘Cheers’ Spinoff May Get A Reboot

Those who have missed the antics of Frasier Crane may get some much-needed relief. A reboot of the popular Cheers spinoff, Frasier, is coming to Paramount+ “in the near future.” The reboot will, of course, feature Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane.

Both Kelsey Grammer and top Executives are excited about the character’s next chapter. It’ll likely generate some decent revenue for Paramount+, which is a new streaming service in an increasingly competitive industry.  David Stapf, President of CBS Studios released a statement following the news.

“‘Frasier’ is one of the most acclaimed comedies in modern television history and truly defines premium storytelling.” He said of the Cheers spinoff. “There has long been a call from fans for its return, and that call is now answered thanks to the amazing Kelsey Grammer reprising his iconic role of Dr. Frasier Crane and a brilliant creative plan from Joe, Chris, and Kelsey. We can’t wait to reveal its next chapter on Paramount+.”

Grammer, meanwhile, has hinted that he’s wanted a reboot for years.

“I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane,” the former Cheers star said of the announcement. The news couldn’t have come at a better time. Shortly after its announced revival, Grammer’s other sitcom with actor Alec Baldwin was scrapped by ABC before it got the chance to air.

What To Know About the Reboot

Paramount hasn’t released much information about who will be in the cast and who is reprising their roles. There’s also not much information about a release date so far. Sadly, John Mahoney, one main cast member of the Cheers spinoff passed away in 2018. Fans loved his role as Martin Crane. The new reboot will have to explain his absence.

An audition based on whisperings that Grammer was a “funny leading man type” lead to a character so Iconic that he retains his relevance decades later. It’s hard to tell what will happen next for Frasier Crane, but excitingly, his story hasn’t ended quite yet.