The long-awaited news is finally here: the popular sitcom “Frasier” is returning to the small screen after 17 years, and Kelsey Grammer is repeating his iconic role as Dr. Frasier Crane.
“There has been a long phone call from fans for his return and that call is now being answered,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Studios, in a statement. “Frasier is one of the most famous comedies in modern television history and defines premium storytelling.”
The show, which aired from 1993 to 2004, was one of the most successful comedy series of its time and won an impressive 37 Emmy Awards for the cast in its eleventh season.
Not much is known about who will be part of the reboot besides Grammer, and the location of the new series – Seattle, Chicago, or anywhere else – has not been confirmed either.
Both David Hyde Pierce and Keri Gilpin, who played Frasier’s neurotic brother Niles and radio producer Roz Doyle, haven’t signed up for the revival yet. Jane Leeves, who portrayed Daphne Moon, said she will not be leaving her current medical drama “The Resident” to reboot.
John Mahoney, who played Frasier and Nile’s father Martin Crane, died in 2018 at the age of 77.
One last beloved character won’t return either: Eddie, Frasier’s Jack Russell Terrier. Both Moose and Enzo, the dog stars who played the roles, have since passed away.
While they’re playing in the Emerald City – as evidenced by the expansive view of the Space Needle and downtown Frasier’s apartment – much of the show was filmed in Los Angeles. The only episode that was actually filmed in Seattle was the 100th episode, which featured a lot of local landmarks like Pike Place and the Monorail.
Although some of the original line-ups are not returning, CBS executive Julie McNamara said the reboot will have the “coziness and great writing” of the original series while being “nostalgic and contemporary at the same time.”
Grammer was thrilled to return to the role, which earned him four Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. He also signed as executive producer.
“After spending over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount property, both producing shows and performing in multiple appearances, I would like to congratulate Paramount + on entering the streaming world,” Grammer said in a statement. “I look forward to sharing the next chapter in Dr. Frasier Crane’s further journey.”
The reboot is expected to air in 2022 on Paramount Plus, ViacomCBS’s new version of CBS All Access. And it’s not the only show in Seattle that’s getting a restart: Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” will also have a new series on the streaming service.