“Frasier” was one of the most critically successful shows of all time. Especially considering its humble beginnings as a spinoff from “Cheers.” It won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series every year through its first five seasons. Running for 11 total seasons, it earned 37 total Emmy Award nominations. Now, the “Yellowstone” home platform Paramount Plus is bringing it back for another go-around.
Of course, Kelsey Grammer is returning to reprise his role as Dr. Frasier Crane. From 1993 to 2004, Grammer played the Seattle-based radio talk show therapist to a tee. Since the original “Frasier” began with a move from Boston to Seattle, it only makes sense that Grammer’s character would begin the reboot with another move. But there’s a catch. Something brings him back.
“He’s going to move. He’s going to end up in a different place in the end… and he’s going to start what he thinks is one life and it turns into another. I think of him as George Bailey now from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life‘ He’s about to go travel the world,” Grammer told Fox News.
Classic movie fans will understand the analogy well. George Bailey’s timing is never quite right when he attempts to leave Bedford Falls. Apparently, the new Frasier character will mirror the same thing.
“He wants to go see the world and something happens… that pulls him back and he has to live a completely different life than the way he planned,” he continued. “But as a result, he ends up with love and emotional riches, and just a life that is so extraordinary. And I think that’s Frasier’s story.”
Kelsey Grammer is Optimistic That His ‘Frasier’ Co-Stars Will Join Reboot
At present, Kelsey Grammer is the only big name signed on for the new show. Considering the reboot would likely be a complete no-go without him, that’s a great starting point.
Of course, John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s dad on the original “Frasier,” passed away in 2017. The cast will certainly miss him dearly. But that still leaves Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, and David Hyde Pierce as question marks. They haven’t yet agreed to be involved. Though, Kelsey Grammer thinks they’ll come around.
“I think they’re a little bit nervous about it, but I think they’re also really willing. I think they’re really interested in seeing where we’re going to go. We’ll see, you know what I mean?” said Grammer. “You never know. One of them or two might say, ‘Oh my God no, we can’t. We just can’t.’ But I don’t think so. I think they’ll see the wisdom of giving it a try.”