Over 18 years after the show went off the air, it looks like television’s “Frasier” is finally making a comeback.
According to Deadline, the hit television series, which originally ran from 1993 to 2004 on NBC, is returning for an upcoming revival on Paramount+, with the television sequel receiving a full series order.
Paramount+ and CBS Studios had announced plans last year for the upcoming television sequel, along with the return of Kelsey Grammer to the role of Dr. Frasier Crane.
‘Frasier’ Is Making A Comeback
Deadline reports that Paramount+ has given “Frasier” a series order about 19 months after the development of the television revival was announced. CBS Studios had first begun developing ideas to bring back the show as early as 2018.
The new “Frasier” series will feature psychiatrist and radio host, Dr. Frasier Crane, starting the next phase of his life after moving to a new city from his hometown of Seattle where the original series took place. The show is expected to feature new characters who live in the new town that Frasier now calls home.
Frasier’s back—and he’s more exactly the same than ever.
— CBS Studios (@CBSTVStudios) February 25, 2021
Deadline reported that the other surviving original cast members, such as David Hyde Pierce’s Niles Crane, Jane Leeves’ Daphne, and Peri Gilpin’s Roz, are not expected to return for the show as series regulars. However, the report noted that the original cast members may make some guest appearances. John Mahoney, who portrayed the role of Frasier and Niles’ father Martin Crane in the series, passed away in 2018.
Grammer is executive producing the follow-up with writers Chris Harris (“How I Met Your Mother,” The Great Indoors”) and Joe Cristalli (“Life in Pieces,” “Perfect Harmony”) along with Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon for Grammnet Productions. CBS Studios is producing the show with Grammnet Productions for Paramount+. Deadline notes that the initial episode order is expected to be for 10 episodes.
The Return Of Dr. Crane
Grammer debuted the character of Dr. Frasier Crane back in 1984 for television’s “Cheers” before getting his own spinoff series later on. In February 2021, ViacomCBS announced that Grammer would return to the role for the upcoming TV revival.
The original “Frasier” series was created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee. It won 37 Emmy Awards, including setting a record for most Emmy Awards for a scripted series, along with five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series.
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Grammer also won four Emmy Awards for his performance as Dr. Frasier Crane in the series. He also sang the lyrics for the show’s unique signature theme song, “Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs.”
The series finale saw Niles and Daphne welcoming the couple’s first child, David. Frasier also married his father Martin to Ronee Lawrence (Wendie Malick), an old family acquaintance, at the clinic where Daphne gave birth.
Meanwhile, Frasier accepted a new job as host of his own television talk show in San Francisco and accepted the job. However, the ending saw him boarding a plane to go to Chicago, where Charlotte Conor (Laura Linney) had moved after having a short-lived romance with Frasier, suggesting that Frasier opted to follow his heart to be with the woman he loves.
The “Frasier” sequel series does not yet have an official launch date. It will stream exclusively on Paramount+ later on.