Kelsey Grammer will be back as Frasier, a character whose phenomenal longevity is a testament to all involved
A project which has been bubbling under for some time, the return of Frasier is a statement move on behalf of Paramount who announced their move into streaming with Paramount+ this week. The Hollywood Reporter gives good coverage, and they have the following quote from Kelsey Grammer:
“Having spent over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount lot, both producing shows and performing in several, I’d like to congratulate Paramount+ on its entry into the streaming world,” said Grammer. “I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane.”
As some of you may remember from the time, the character spun out of the hit series Cheers and was first seen in 1984. Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life in Pieces) are writers on the show, which is being produced by CBS Studios and Grammer’s Grammnet Productions. CBS Studios president David Stapf had this to say:
“Frasier is one of the most acclaimed comedies in modern television history and truly defines premium storytelling. There has long been a call from fans for its return, and that call is now answered thanks to the amazing Kelsey Grammer reprising his iconic role of Dr. Frasier Crane and a brilliant creative plan from Joe, Chris and Kelsey. We can’t wait to reveal its next chapter on Paramount+.”
After moving on from Cheers, Frasier ran for 11 seasons on NBC. The series won 37 Emmys over its run, including five consecutive best comedy series trophies beginning in 1994 and multiple acting wins for Grammer and co-star David Hyde Pierce. The series currently streams on CBS All Access — which will become Paramount+ next week — as well as Hulu and Peacock.