The long-gestating Frasier revival might have finally found its home at Paramount+. For years, franchise star Kelsey Grammer has been rather open about his desire to reprise the role of Frasier Crane in a new spinoff series. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that a series revival is "under consideration" at Paramount+, the new streaming service that will replace CBS All Access in March. Both Paramount+ and CBS Studios, the potential producer of the series, have declined to comment.
Years ago, it was reported that Kelsey Grammer was exploring the possibility of a Frasier reboot with different potential writers and producers. The actor himself also confirmed he'd be up for revisiting Dr. Crane to give the character his "third act" if a series revival were to get the green light. In 2019, Grammer was spotted holding a binder with a cover page brandishing the Frasier logo, further fueling the rumors of a reboot in the works.
During a 2019 appearance on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Grammer confirmed that he was actively working on a Frasier revival. Delivering the most promising update on the potential series yet, Grammer said that a revisit to Frasier's world is "definitely going to come" as he was working out some possible network deals to see where the show could land.
"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," Grammer said of the reboot, suggesting an entirely new setting with a lead character that's changed greatly in the years since we last saw him.
"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," Grammer adds.
A Cheers spinoff, Frasier aired for 11 seasons on NBC between 1993 and 2004. The show followed Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist working to build a new life in Seattle as a radio advice show host reconnecting with his father Martin (John Mahoney) and brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The series also starred Peri Gilpin as the live-in housekeeper Daphne and Peri Gilpin as Frasier's producer Roz. Sadly, Mahoney passed away in 2018, and it's not clear at this time if any other original actors would be joining Grammer for the revival.
CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+ in March. As the streaming service is looking to compete in a crowded market, Paramount+ is looking to score as much exclusive content as possible, including revivals of established classic series. Production has already begun on a Paramount+ series revival of the Nickelodeon series iCarly with the original stars returning in the lead roles. With all of this in mind, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Paramount+ jumping on the Frasier revival as well before another streamer scoops it up. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.