Frasier Is In the Building! Everything to Know About the 'Frasier' Reboot
Everything old is new again, so it isn’t surprising that newish streaming service Paramount+ would go back into its library of hit series for a reboot. And, boy, did they pick a winner with Frasier, which received 108 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, with 37 wins, in its 11 seasons on NBC.
“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 Kelsey Grammer in the investor day announcement. “I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane.”
Here's everything we know so far:
When does the Frasier reboot premiere?
It's in its early days, so there's no target date yet for its launch, but we expect to see the series in 2023. Grammer said rehearsals began in February 2023 so we're still a while away from a premiere date.
What will the Frasier reboot be about?
Frasier will continue the life journey of TV’s most popular fictional radio psychiatrist. When Frasier returns, we have been promised that “he’s more exactly the same than ever.” We expect to see Frasier moving to an entirely new city, similarly to how the Cheers-spinoff began.
"He's our brave little soldier that continues on in life, finding new challenges and a new love and new people and a new city and stuff like that," Grammer told People. "I'm really very excited about it, and we'll certainly always honor the past. We have to honor the fact that John Mahoney died and that Martin is no longer with us. We'll be dealing with that for sure."
In January 2023, Paramount+ revealed that the new Frasier revival will take place in Boston.
Who is in the Frasier reboot cast?
Frasier is going to be awfully lonely in the reboot. Kelsey Grammer is the one of only returning cast members from the original series. But he won't be alone because he's got a new crew, including his son (who has grown!), to keep him company.
The cast includes:
Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
Obviously Kelsey Grammer will return as the iconic psychiatrist with the ultra-rich voice and bougie attitude.
Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
What is Frasier without longtime producer Roz Doyle in the background? We've just learned that Peri Gilpin will be back for the reboot—sadly as a guest star and not a series regular.
In the original Frasier finale, Roz had just been promoted to station manager at KACL. There's no word yet on her role in the new series.
Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith
Bebe Neuwirth will return to reprise her role as Frasier Crane's ex-wife, the cold-as-ice Lilith.
And Deadline reports that Lilith shows up at their son Freddy’s birthday party, where Lilith, in classic form, is far from pleased about having to share Freddy (Jack Cutmore-Scott) now that Frasier is back living in Boston. What begins as a fun party with friends and family, inevitably becomes a Lilith-and-Frasier showdown for the ages.
Jack Cutmore-Scott as Frasier's son, Freddy
Jack Cutmore-Scott shows that little Freddy has really grown up. And, if we're being honest, he's grown up into a bit of a hunk.
Nicholas Lyndhurst as Alan
Nicholas Lyndhurst will play Alan, a college buddy of Frasier Crane who becomes a college professor. He previously starred with Kelsey Grammer in a London production of The Man From La Mancha.
Toks Olagundoye as Olivia
Toks Olagundoye stars as Olivia, head of the university's psychology department and Alan's colleague.
Jess Salguerio as Eve
Jess Salguerio will play Eve, Freddy's college roommate. She's previously appeared in The Expanse, The Boys, Letterkenny, Y: The Last Man and Workin' Moms. Her character Eve is described as “spontaneous, outgoing and bursting with creative energy whether it was asked for or not. Eve is a breath of fresh air. With an innate ability to connect with both Frasier and Freddy, Eve is a critical bridge between father and son as they attempt to reconcile.”
Anders Keith as David
Anders Keith will star as Frasier Crane's nephew, David. It will be Keith's onscreen acting debut after graduating from Julliard in May 2022. The character David is the son of Niles Crane and Daphne Moon and is described as "awkward" and prone to making quirky observations, noting, "Frasier’s nephew David has Niles’ intelligence, Daphne’s smile, and neither of their polish. David’s unearned confidence may confuse some, but Frasier has a fondness for his nephew’s earnest enthusiasm.”
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Will David Hyde Pierce return to Frasier as Niles?
Unfortunately not. We just learned that David Hyde Pierce will not be joining Grammer in the Frasier reboot.
“David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating the performance of Niles,” Grammer told PEOPLE.
In the series finale Niles remained in Seattle while Frasier quit his radio job and went to Chicago in an attempt to reconnect with his girlfriend Charlotte (Laura Linney).
“In a very funny way, it just took us to a new place, which was what we originally wanted to do anyway, which was a Frasier third act,” Grammer said. “It’s an entirely new life for him.”
But Frasier fans aren’t having any of it! For them, there is no Frasier without Niles!
Frasier with no David Hyde Pierce? I think not. pic.twitter.com/HkeCzvXS0Z
— 🤌🏾 Imani Gandy 👆🏾 (@AngryBlackLady) February 25, 2021
Frasier is one of my favourite TV shows ever but no Niles/ David Hyde Pierce? Who the hell pitched that mess? pic.twitter.com/9KS1BaPmax
— Melissa K. Parker (@MelissaKParker1) February 25, 2021
Will any of the other original Frasier cast members return?
John Mahoney (Martin Crane)
Sadly, John Mahoney died at age 77 on Feb. 4, 2018, so, obviously, he will not take part in the reboot.
Jane Leeves (Daphne Moon)
As Niles’ wife, Daphne would only need to be a part of the show if her hubby came back, because her job as a live-in caretaker for Martin came to an end. Plus, Jane Leeves is currently starring as Dr. Kit Voss on FOX’s The Resident.
Peri Gilpin (Roz Doyle)
Of all the characters, Roz is a possibility since we have no clue as to the story. With her promotion to station manager in the series finale, we can see where Roz would be in a position to give Frasier a job if he needed one in the new series.
Who's writing the new Frasier?
Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli are writing the new Frasier reboot. Grammer, Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon will serve as executive producers.
Why is Frasier being rebooted?
Dr. Frasier Crane holds a special place in TV history as a character that has appeared on three different television series: Cheers, Wings and Frasier, tying the record for longest-running television character.
“Frasier is one of the most acclaimed comedies in modern television history and truly defines premium storytelling,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Studios. “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 [executive producers] Joe Cristalli, Chris Harris and Kelsey. We can’t wait to reveal its next chapter on Paramount +.”
What do fans think of the return of Frasier?
Some fans are excited. But there has been a noticeable amount of confusion as to why there's a need to bring this one back. Most importantly, they feel, as mentioned, the show cannot go on without Niles. Some are sharing their ideas for the reboot. Others are just confused about how old Frasier is at this point.
i still enjoy Frasier, but i have trouble imagining this will be any good without John Mahoney, the absolute best thing about the series https://t.co/Eb7pCX1KaP
— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) February 24, 2021
Can’t help but think that rebooting Frasier is something of a mistake.
— rich (@them_apples) February 25, 2021
We don’t want a Frasier reboot. We want an exclusive LP of all the different variations of the Frasier theme song “Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs”
— dune-iela (@spicymcchickens) February 25, 2021
How did the original Frasier end?
The series finale brought several storylines to their conclusion. Daphne and Miles married and had a baby, Martin and Ronee also wed, Roz was promoted to station manager at KACL, and Frasier decided to take a new job offer at a TV station in San Francisco. But then in a twist, we saw him get off the plane in Chicago, where his girlfriend Charlotte had moved.
How to watch the Frasier reboot
Frasier will stream exclusively on Paramount+.
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Is there a Frasier reboot trailer?
Not yet, but stay tuned. Rehearsals started in February 2023. We will bring you the trailer as soon as it is released.