‘Frasier’: Kelsey Grammer Speaks Out on Upcoming Reboot, Reveals If Costars Will Return

by Josh Lanier
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It seems those tossed salads and scrambled eggs are calling again, as Kelsey Grammer revealed some new details about the planned Frasier reboot at Paramount+.

Grammer said he believes the cast will return for another round of episodes, he told Collider. But if someone holds out or says no, the show will still be able to go ahead, he said.

“We think we’re going to get most of the actors back, I’m certainly hopeful that we will, and I’m fairly confident that they’ll come back… We have a story to tell — that can actually be told with or without them, honestly — but I want them back because that’s what I always dreamed of. I thought we should explore all their lives in their third act, and so that is my hope.”

He didn’t say how much David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane, Frasier’s brother), Jane Leeves (Daphne Moon), and Peri Gilpin (Roz Doyle) know about the reboot’s potential storyline. But he sounds very hopeful. Unfortunately, John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s dad, died in 2018.

Grammer said he and producers are still breaking down the story and don’t have a start date for filming. Even though, Paramount+ has greenlit the show. A lot will depend on which of the former cast return and which don’t and their schedules. But Grammer hopes for an early 2022 release date if everything goes well.

Frasier has been off the air for nearly two decades. So, the writers will have a lot of fertile ground to cover with each of the characters.

‘Frasier’ Was Created as a Show for Boomers

Producer David Lee said the idea for Frasier came from a personal tragedy. He was already developing the idea for a Frasier spin-off when he suddenly found himself taking care of his father.

“About that time, my father had had a stroke,” Lee said in an interview for the Archive of American Television. “And I was coming into that realization that many people at my age, many boomers, at a certain point they were going to have to start taking care of their parents.

“And I was talking to [writer] Peter Casey one day and said, ‘I was thinking about this thing, it seems to be a common thing that people could relate to,’” Lee said. “Of somehow having an invalid parent or a parent who can’t take care of themselves anymore and you having to be responsible for them.”

Producers had talked about a Frasier spin-off for some time. But Kelsey Grammer had said he wanted to kill off the character after Cheers ended. But pairing him up with the hilarious, late John Mahoney as his father was genius. Grammer loved the idea and was quickly on board.

The show was an immediate hit and with more than just boomers. Audiences loved the ensemble comedy.

The sitcom debuted in 1993 on NBC and ran until 2004. Frasier received 37 Primetime Emmy Awards, including winning “Outstanding Comedy Series” for five straight years.