For fans of adored '90s sitcoms, the return of "Frasier" to television is either fantastic or, possibly, awful news. The original series embodied a lot of the best qualities of 1990s comedy. From episode to episode, the programme seemed as cosy and sincere as "Friends" or "Seinfeld" as it followed the antics of its smart, occasionally pretentious, but endearing eponymous character. Dr. Crane will this time around make a comeback in the streaming era, but only on Paramount+.
For fans of adored '90s sitcoms, the return of "Frasier" to television is either fantastic or, possibly, awful news.
The original series embodied a lot of the best qualities of 1990s comedy.
From episode to episode, the programme seemed as cosy and sincere as "Friends" or "Seinfeld" as it followed the antics of its smart, occasionally pretentious, but endearing eponymous character.
Dr. Crane will this time around make a comeback in the streaming era, but only on Paramount+.
In addition to acting in the anticipated 10 episodes of the new series, Chris Harris of "How I Met Your Mother" and Joe Cristalli of "Life in Pieces" will serve as Executive Producer. There isn't a lot more information available at this time regarding the project, although Grammer previously told Fox News that it wouldn't be a reboot but rather "a new show centred around the character in a new set of circumstances and a new city." Given that Frasier was last spotted departing Seattle for the Windy City at the end of his 11th and final season in 2004, Chicago is most likely the destination.
All of this is excellent, but the question of whether a popular programme like "Frasier" can succeed in the binge-watching era still remains. Will the show build on the 11 nearly faultless seasons Grammer and company produced the last time around? Or could it tarnish the memories of those heydays of network sitcoms? You would be justified in being concerned about what a man who decided to participate in such a feature is capable of doing to our beloved Frasier Crane after Grammmer's performance in "Money Plane," which The Daily Beast labelled the "dumbest movie of 2020." As the actor's most recent statements appear to indicate, things don't appear to be going so well so far.
Grammer appears to have acquired a small amount of the pomp that characterised Frasier over time. When contacted by Deadline in July, the "An ex-star of "Cheers" speculated that filming for the revival may start this fall before opining on what made the first show so popular: "The crucial component for the "Frasier" reboot is actually Frasier, honestly. Because I am the key and have always gone by the name "Frasier," it is me."
He didn't elaborate much after that and has stayed rather mum about the project, only informing the source that he cried while reading the first episode's screenplay. Additionally, he previously disclosed that Frasier would assume "he's going to go out and do one thing, and sure enough, his life takes him in another path" in the revival. And "he ends himself affluent beyond his dreams" on top of that.
But it appears that Grammer is mostly focused on himself for the endeavour, as he obviously believes that he is the key to the whole thing. He is accurate in the strictest sense. The primary character is essential to the show's existence. However, there must be more to it than that.
Is Grammer incorrect when he claims that his own character is the show's key? Far be it from me to cast doubt on the show's genuine star, but it seems that at least some of "Frasierpopularity "'s can be attributed to the outstanding supporting cast. The characters of Niles, Daphne, and Roz—played by David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin—offered a much-needed counterbalance to Frasier's occasionally irritating lack of self-awareness. Not to mention Martin, Frasier's father, who served as a necessary counterbalance to his hifalutin tendencies. The retired detective was portrayed by John Mahoney, who passed away in 2018. He was a significant part of the show's heart.
Apart from Mahoney, who obviously won't return, it's unclear if any of these characters will. Niles, Daphne, and Roz may indeed make an appearance in a cameo, according to some rumours. David Hyde Pierce told The Guardian in early 2022: "I don't know in what shape it will happen or when, therefore I don't know where I'll be or what I'll be doing. For the time being, it appears like Grammer and company will concentrate on Frasier, who is the "key" to the show. To be honest, there is a good potential that a revival programme could succeed in the present era if "Frasier" could succeed as a spinoff from "Cheers."
However, "Cheers" and "Frasier" were produced during a less pessimistic era, so I don't think Grammer's most recent remarks are particularly encouraging for the next Paramount+ project. Of course, we'll all have to hold off on making any final judgments until the programme premieres on the streaming site. However, there is a genuine concern that Grammer won't know what to do with the toss salad and scrambled eggs this time.