Baby, I hear the blues a-callin’, and they’re calling for a Frasier revival.
Talks of a Frasier follow-up have been circulating since 2017. Frasier’s actor Kelsey Grammer spoke in theoreticals, but in 2019 he announced that a series was potentially moving forward.
“We’ll see how people respond to it because it’s not going to be in the same place. It’s not going to be in Seattle. It’s not going to be the same Frasier. It’s going to be the man in his next iteration, and hopefully that’ll be something people like watching. I think it will be funny,” Grammer said while on In Depth With Graham Bensinger. “It’s still his search for love ... I think that’ll always go on with Frasier. But [it’ll also be about] a connection with his son.”
Previously, Grammer had said he wouldn’t do a show unless all the cast members were involved, which means David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin will likely return. (John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s father Martin, passed away in 2018).
Those who aren’t diehard Frasier-heads might not know that the show itself is a spinoff of the super popular sitcom Cheers. Frasier was supposed to be a minor character, a more intellectual, snobbish foil to boorish bartender Sam, but his character was so popular, he stuck around and eventually kicked off his own spin-off.
Frasier the show followed Frasier the character, a psychologist with a radio show, and his equally snobbish brother Niles as they rubbed elbows with Seattle’s elite society — all to the embarrassment of their down-to-earth father Martin. Gilpin played Roz, Frasier’s no-nonsense producer and Leeves played Daphne, Martin’s eccentric live-in therapist. It ran for 10 seasons, wrapping up in 2003. By the time the show ended, Grammer had played the character for nearly 20 years. The sequel series will add at least one more to that total when it arrives on Paramount Plus.
The new show will be headed by Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life in Pieces). Cristalli, incidentally, has run a Frasier Twitter account dedicated to imagining the psychiatrist in the modern day.