‘Frasier’ Reboot in Discussions at Paramount: What to Know About the Potential ‘Cheers’ Spinoff Series

by Matthew Wilson

Hello, we’re listening. Dr. Frasier Crane and his usual brand of psychiatry and antics may soon be back for a second (third?) dose.

Paramount Plus is in conversations with Kelsey Grammer to resurrect the popular property for its streaming service. A reboot of the sitcom has been rumored for years now. But fans may not have to wait much longer to see Seattle or wherever Frasier is living these days.

According to Variety, ViacomCBS is in early talks to bring the show back. Currently, CBS Studios and Paramount Plus have declined to comment on speculation of a reboot. But Outsider will keep you posted.

For 11 seasons across the 1990s and early 2000s, “Frasier” entertained audiences with its look at Seattle’s elite radio psychiatrist and his brother Niles. Of course, neither Frasier nor Niles were ever as sophisticated as they liked to pretend to be. Much of the show’s comedy revolved around their snootiness and prestigiousness often getting them into trouble.

Grammer and his character Frasier actually started on the equally popular “Cheers” in the 1980s. But when closing time came for Sam and the gang, Frasier hopped planes to Seattle to start fresh. In total, Grammer played the psychiatrist for a total of 20 years. Now he’s looking to add to that impressive resume.

‘Frasier’ Reboot, What to Know

What the show will be about is anyone’s guess. “Frasier” ended in 2004 with the titular character choosing love for once in his life over his career. He chased after his latest love interest Charlotte to Chicago. And the show ends on a hopeful cliffhanger that things may have finally worked out for the best.

Additionally, by the end of the show, Niles and his father’s caretaker Daphne had successfully started a family. Their will-they-won’t-they relationship formed the crux during most of the series run.

It is also unknown if Niles, played by David Hyde Pierce, or any of the other characters would return. It’s kind of sad to imagine the character living in a world without his family. For 11 years, they formed a close and loving but dysfunctional unit. Unfortunately, the psychiatrist won’t have his gruff but lovable father Martin there should the series return. Actor John Mahoney passed away back in 2018. His character always acted as a blue collar foil to the brothers pretentious nature.

Currently a potential challenge is the cost of the show. Both “Cheers” and “Frasier” paid their actors a substantial amount during their runs. Grammer and the rest would probably expect a similar fee. But during a time of reboots and revivals, perhaps the psychiatrist’s time has come.