We could be seeing a Frasier revival series airing on television by the middle of next year, as Kelsey Grammer says a sequel is coming. In a new interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Grammer spoke about his planned Frasier reboot, revealing the project is "ready to go" and is currently being shopped around to various outlets. Grammer is also confident the series will go into production by Spring, teasing the new show could premiere on television as early as late Summer 2020. Here's what Grammer told Bensinger about the revival series.
"We've got it hatched. We've hatched the plan, what we think is the right way to go. We're sort of on standby a little bit, working out a couple of possible network deals that we're circling. 'Frasier' is sort of in a second position to that, at this point. So, you know, there's still stuff going on. But a revisit to Frasier, Frasier's world, is, I think, definitely going to come."
Earlier this year, Kelsey Grammer had fueled rumors of a Frasier reboot finally going into production when he was spotted with a folder brandishing the show's logo on the front. The actor later clarified that the folder contained 6 different concepts for an updated Frasier series, suggesting each of the ideas would have placed Dr. Crane in a new city. Because the character moved to Chicago at the end of the original show, this would seem like a logical new setting for the revival. Though Grammer stopped short of revealing full plot details about the pitch, he did offer a few hints as to the concept behind the planned revival.
"We'll see how people respond to it, because it's not going to be the same place, 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 will be something people like watching, but I think it will be funny... It's still his search for love, for one thing, I think that will always go on with Frasier, [and] a connection with his son."
After Frasier had initially ended its run, Grammer had claimed he wasn't interested in ever playing the character again. When asked about this in the new interview, Grammer clarifies he had begun changing his mind on that stance after seeing the success of other revivals of classic '90s sitcoms like Roseanne and Will and Grace. Grammer also says there's "another act" to be seen in the life of Frasier Crane, even if the character's next show is different in many ways compared to the original Frasier series.
A spin-off of Cheers, Frasier first premiered in 1993, running all the way until 2004. In addition to starring Grammer in the lead role of Dr. Frasier Crane, the series also starred David Hyde Pierce as his brother Niles and Jane Leeves as his live-in housekeeper Daphne. Presumably, these characters would be involved with the reboot in some fashion, but as John Mahoney passed away in 2018, Frasier's father Martin wouldn't have a presence. Moose the dog, who played Martin's pet Eddie on Frasier, also died in 2006. Because Martin and Eddie were such beloved fan favorites from the original show, it's needless to say that any kind of revival series will definitely not be the same without them.
Still, for big Frasier fans, an updated version of the series with Dr. Crane in a new city exploring new relationships certainly has potential. It seems unlikely the search for an interested outlet will be terribly difficult for Grammer, so there seems to be a great chance we'll be checking back in with Dr. Crane before this time next year. This news comes to us from In Depth with Graham Bensinger on YouTube, and you can watch the video clip below.