Frasier revival CONFIRMED: Kelsey Grammer ‘gleefully anticipates the next chapter of Dr Crane’


A revival of the sitcom Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer has been officially confirmed.

On Wednesday, streaming service Paramount+ announced the beloved show will be part of its new lineup and that Grammer, 66, will reprise his role as Dr. Frasier Crane.

‘I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane,’ Grammer said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He’s officially listening! A revival of the sitcom Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer has been officially confirmed

He added: ‘Having spent over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount lot, both producing shows and performing in several, I’d like to congratulate Paramount+ on its entry into the streaming world.’

ViacomCBS unveiled new Paramount+ programming Wednesday ahead of its rebranding next week from CBS All Access.

Talk of a reboot has been rumbling since 2019, with Grammer even spotted in London carrying a script. According to The Huffington Post, the series is set to air in 2022.

The original show aired from 1993-2004, coming to a close after 11 seasons, having scooped a plethora of awards over its tenure for its writing and acting talent.

Cast: The sitcom co-starred John Mahoney as Frasier's father Martin, who passed away aged 77 in 2018. Surviving stars Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce are thought to be returning

Cast: The sitcom co-starred John Mahoney as Frasier’s father Martin, who passed away aged 77 in 2018. Surviving stars Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce are thought to be returning

Acclaimed: The original show aired from 1993-2004, coming to a close after 11 seasons, having scooped a plethora of awards over its tenure for its writing and acting talent

Acclaimed: The original show aired from 1993-2004, coming to a close after 11 seasons, having scooped a plethora of awards over its tenure for its writing and acting talent 

Rumours: Talk of a reboot has been rumbling since 2019, with Grammer even spotted in London carrying a script. According to The Huffington Post , the series is set to air in 2022

Rumours: Talk of a reboot has been rumbling since 2019, with Grammer even spotted in London carrying a script. According to The Huffington Post , the series is set to air in 2022

The sitcom co-starred John Mahoney as Frasier’s father Martin, who passed away aged 77 in 2018, following a four-year throat cancer battle.

Surviving stars Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce are thought to be returning, but the new story won’t take place in Seattle, where it was originally set. 

Grammer’s Grammnet Productions and CBS Studios had been working for several years on ideas, and Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli are said to be writing the revival.

They have been running the Twitter account @FrasierContemp for several years that features lines and script pages of possible Frasier scenarios.

Harris and Cristalli will executive produce along with Grammer and Grammnet’s Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon. 

Reunion: Ideas were likely even more fleshed out after Grammer reunited with the cast last year for two Stars In The House streaming events supporting The Actors Fund

Reunion: Ideas were likely even more fleshed out after Grammer reunited with the cast last year for two Stars In The House streaming events supporting The Actors Fund

‘Frasier is one of the most acclaimed comedies in modern television history and truly defines premium storytelling,’ said CBS Studios president David Stapf.

‘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 +’ 

In 2019, Grammer gave the first glimpses of insight into what the premise of the new Frasier would be.

Fan-favourite: 'Frasier is one of the most acclaimed comedies in modern television history and truly defines premium storytelling,' said CBS Studios president David Stapf

Fan-favourite: ‘Frasier is one of the most acclaimed comedies in modern television history and truly defines premium storytelling,’ said CBS Studios president David Stapf 

New chapter: Fans can expect the pretentious Harvard-trained psychiatrist to bring his radio show to a new city after leaving his Seattle hometown

New chapter: Fans can expect the pretentious Harvard-trained psychiatrist to bring his radio show to a new city after leaving his Seattle hometown

He told In Depth With Graham Bensinger: ‘We’ve got it hatched. We’ve hatched the plan, what we think is the right way to go.

‘It’s not going to be Seattle. It’s not going to be the same Frasier, it’s going to be the man in his next iteration. Hopefully that’ll be something people like watching. But I think it’ll be funny.’

In 2020, amid one of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Grammer reunited with the cast for two Stars In The House streaming events supporting The Actors Fund.

The actors gathered and reminisced about their time on the show, clearly all still close and in awe of the fun they had.

Then: Grammer has played the role of Frasier since 1984

Now: Grammer has starred in multiple TV shows and performed on stage since Frasier wrapped in 2004

 Then and now: Grammer has played the role of Frasier since 1984

English rose: The premise for the show paved the way for Frasier to hire British Daphne Moon [Jane Leeves], a physical therapist-cum-housekeeper, whom Frasier's brother Niles [David Hyde Pierce] became obsessed with

Actress: Leeves has since continued working in TV, including on sitcoms, and lives in the US

English rose: The premise for the show paved the way for Frasier to hire British Daphne Moon [Jane Leeves], a physical therapist-cum-housekeeper, whom Frasier’s brother Niles [David Hyde Pierce] became obsessed with

Sassy: Roz was Frasier's quick-witted colleague and pal, who was famously nearly played by Lisa Kudrow

Still at it: Peri Gilpin has appeared consistently on TV since Frasier cropping up in the likes of Modern Family, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy

Sassy: Roz was Frasier’s quick-witted colleague and pal, who was famously nearly played by Lisa Kudrow

Iconic: Niles was Frasier's brother who became besotted with Daphne following the end of his marriage to unseen wife Maris

Breakout star: David Hyde Pierce has since done a lot of voice acting and theatre

Iconic: Niles was Frasier’s brother who became besotted with Daphne following the end of his marriage to unseen wife Maris

Frasier ended as the titular character packed up his job as a radio psychiatrist in Seattle, after being offered work in San Francisco.

His father got married, Roz, his radio producer, was promoted, and his brother Niles and wife Daphne welcomed a baby son.

Frasier had been dating Charlotte – played by Laura Linney – who had moved to Chicago.

The last scene saw Frasier arriving in his new home on a plane – only for viewers to learn at the last minute that he had decided not to move to San Francisco, and to join Charlotte in Chicago instead.

Plans: In 2019, Grammer gave the first glimpses of insight into what the premise of the new Frasier would be during a chat on In Depth With Graham Bensinger

Plans: In 2019, Grammer gave the first glimpses of insight into what the premise of the new Frasier would be during a chat on In Depth With Graham Bensinger

New home: Paramount+ will air the new sitcom which is suggested to be set for 2022

New home: Paramount+ will air the new sitcom which is suggested to be set for 2022

Fans have speculated that the new series will either pick up in Chicago, or take place somewhere altogether new.

There is also talk that it will explore Frasier’s relationship with his son Frederick, who by this point will be a grown man. 

Frasier’s initial set-up saw him living with his father, who was struggling to live alone due to a hip injury, having been shot while he was a policeman.

Speculation has mounted that the new version will see a role-reversal – or see Frederick having to move in with Frasier.

Frederick was 15 when he last appeared on Frasier, in the episode High Holidays, and so would be 33 if the show returns in 2022.

Spin-off: Grammer famously originated the character as a married shrink living in Boston on nine seasons of the classic NBC sitcom Cheers [pictured in 1987]

Spin-off: Grammer famously originated the character as a married shrink living in Boston on nine seasons of the classic NBC sitcom Cheers [pictured in 1987]

Originals: There is also talk that it will explore Frasier's relationship with his son Frederick, who by this point will be a grown man. The return of the character will no doubt pave the way for Frasier's ex-wife Lilith to make a return to the series, played by Bebe Neuwirth

Originals: There is also talk that it will explore Frasier’s relationship with his son Frederick, who by this point will be a grown man. The return of the character will no doubt pave the way for Frasier’s ex-wife Lilith to make a return to the series, played by Bebe Neuwirth

Mix and match: Frederick was portrayed by Christopher and Kevin Graves in Cheers, and Luke Tarsitano for his first Frasier appearance, later swapped for Trevor Einhorn [pictured] until the show ended

Mix and match: Frederick was portrayed by Christopher and Kevin Graves in Cheers, and Luke Tarsitano for his first Frasier appearance, later swapped for Trevor Einhorn [pictured] until the show ended

Homage: The American actor teased that the reboot will mirror the storyline that Frasier was based around when it first aired in 1993; namely Frasier's relationship with his father, Martin Crane, played by the late John Mahoney

Homage: The American actor teased that the reboot will mirror the storyline that Frasier was based around when it first aired in 1993; namely Frasier’s relationship with his father, Martin Crane, played by the late John Mahoney

Frederick was portrayed by Christopher and Kevin Graves in Cheers, and Luke Tarsitano for his first Frasier appearance, later swapped for Trevor Einhorn until the show ended.

The return of the character will no doubt pave the way for Frasier’s ex-wife Lilith, Frederick’s mother, to make a return to the series, played by Bebe Neuwirth. 

This follows the likes of sitcoms Will & Grace and Roseanne being rebooted, with varied success.

Will & Grace returned in 2017, and lasted three seasons. An alleged back-stage feud between stars Debra Messing and Megan Mullally is said to have contributed to it coming to a close again.

Come and go: Will & Grace returned in 2017, and lasted three seasons. An alleged back-stage feud between stars Debra Messing and Megan Mullally is said to have contributed to it coming to a close again

Come and go: Will & Grace returned in 2017, and lasted three seasons. An alleged back-stage feud between stars Debra Messing and Megan Mullally is said to have contributed to it coming to a close again

Drama: Roseanne faced similar drama when the lead actress - Roseanne Barr - was axed from it one season into the revival for making 'racist' remarks. The show managed to be reworked, killing off her character, and is still in production without her as The Conners

Drama: Roseanne faced similar drama when the lead actress – Roseanne Barr – was axed from it one season into the revival for making ‘racist’ remarks. The show managed to be reworked, killing off her character, and is still in production without her as The Conners

Nostalgia: The Frasier news also follows the recent announcement that Sex And The City is being rebooted for TV

Nostalgia: The Frasier news also follows the recent announcement that Sex And The City is being rebooted for TV

Roseanne faced similar drama when the lead actress – Roseanne Barr – was axed from it one season into the revival for making ‘racist’ remarks.

The show managed to be reworked, killing off her character, and is still in production without her as The Conners.

The Frasier news also follows the recent announcement that Sex And The City is being rebooted for TV.

It will be titled And Just Like That… and star three of the main actresses – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon – and is set to begin production in New York this spring.

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