‘Fraiser’ is back: Everything we know about the Paramount+ reboot
Frasier is a show that always comes up when talking about “the best sitcoms of all time”. Frasier ran for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004, following stuffy, pretentious Frasier (Kelsey Grammer), who works as a radio advice show host. He tries to connect with his equally cultured brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and his very blue collar father, Martin (John Mahoney).
Along the way, adventures are had, shenanigans ensue, and everyone watching at home needs an encyclopedia to look up all the smart people references in Frasier. It was all tossed salads and scrambled eggs to quote the title song of the series. There have been rumors floating around about a Frasier reboot for years. Yesterday, we had official confirmation that it was given the green light at the new Paramount+.
The Frasier reboot is officially going forward at the upcoming stream service, which will be under the CBS Viacom umbrella. Kelsey Grammer is set to return to star, and other cast members are going to be involved in the series in some capacity, though probably not as a series regulars. (Also are there calling advice shows anymore? Will Frasier Crane have a podcast?)
Grammer said of the Frasier reboot, “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. I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane.”
On the revival, president of CBS Studios David Stapf said, “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 +.”
What else can we expect from the Frasier reboot?
Nothing at the present. All we know is that Grammer is definitely reprising his role as Frasier Crane, continuing him being an actor to play a character for a really, really long time. (He played Frasier in Cheers & Wings in addition to his own series.) We can also expect Frasier in a new city that is not Seattle in the series. At the end of Frasier, he went to Chicago to see his “one true love” Charlotte (Laura Linney).
Whether or not Linney would return for the series is also up in the air. While they won’t be involved in a series regular capacity: David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin will return in some capacity as well. So that will be great to see going forward. We’ll see Niles & Daphne’s grown-up son, David probably!
One presence that will be missed will be John Mahoney’s Martin Crane. Mahoney died in 2018 at the age of 77. We’re certain that the Frasier reboot will honor the star in some way during this time as well. Either way, we can expect a new cast announcement and new details on the series soon.
Will it be good?
IDK, my dudes. Revivals & reboots can be hit or miss. While Frasier had a solid ending, some fans wouldn’t call it a “good” one. The original series, which ran for 11 seasons, was lightning in a bottle and awards season darling. It’s hard to see a Frasier reboot recapturing that magic in any way. Either way, it’s definitely something that we’re all going to need to wait & see on.
What do you think about the upcoming Frasier reboot? Are you excited about the launch of Paramount+? Sound off in the comments to let us know!