Baby, do you hear the blues a-callin' tossed salad and scrambled eggs? That's probably because a Frasier reboot could be coming our way. Kelsey Grammer is reportedly in talks with CBS and is gauging interest in putting a reboot of the award-winning sitcom together. While Grammar may very well star in the new series, this is being billed as a reboot and not a revival, which means that there are going to be some big changes.
Kelsey Grammer, who originated his role as Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers, is currently exploring what a reboot of the show might look like with different writers and producers. It's likely that this reboot would see Dr. Crane in a new city with a new cast of characters, with Grammer's character providing the glue that holds it together and connects it to Frasier. No writer has been settled on for the project just yet and it's still in the exploratory stage. In other words, it's very early on and nothing is set in stone.
It sounds like Kelsey Grammer is the one pursuing the reboot mostly at the moment. There are also no firm details, in terms of a possible plot, available at this time because various writers are pitching various different takes to Grammar, who was also an executive producer on Frasier, in addition to being the show's lead. Frasier saw the character moving from Boston, where Cheers was set, to his hometown of Seattle to tackle his new job hosting a radio show offering psychiatric help to callers. Perhaps the reboot will see him returning to practice psychiatry in a more traditional setting?
Networks have been having a great deal of success by bringing back once popular shows. NBC has already found themselves a return hit with the Will and Grace revival, which has been picked up for a second season. ABC also had a monster hit with Roseanne before canceling it in the wake of the star's offensive and racist comments on Twitter. Murphy Brown is also set to make its return to the airwaves. Frasier seems to be right in line with those shows and seems like the kind of thing that could be ripe with potential. Though, this won't be a straightforward revival like those shows.
Frasier ran on NBC for eleven seasons from 1993 to 2004 and is considered to be the most successful spin-off of all time. The show featured David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, and the late John Mahoney alongside Kelsey Grammer. At the time, Frasier set a record by winning 37 Emmys during the course of its run, including a very impressive run of five consecutive awards for Outstanding Comedy Series. That record was held until Game of Thrones recently beat it by winning 38 Emmys. With a pedigree like that, CBS is likely going to be very open to explore what possibilities exist with this potential reboot. This news comes to us courtesy of Deadline.