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Returning Cast, Story & Everything We Know



The hit sitcom Frasier is set to receive the reboot treatment, with exciting updates on the project. Kelsey Grammer famously played the titular character, Frasier Crane, who originally appeared in NBC’s Cheers as Shelley Long’s character Diane’s former boyfriend. The spinoff show, featuring John Mahoney as Martin Crane, Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane, and Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, ran for 11 seasons before concluding in 2004. Rumours of a reboot circulated for years, but it was only recently confirmed that Frasier will return on Paramount+.

Nearly two decades after the show ended, Frasier and his family are making a comeback through a revival. The new Frasier reboot promises to switch up the formula while still satisfying fans of the original. Grammer, who is reprising his role and serving as an executive producer, publicly expressed interest in a Frasier reboot for several years. With the help of the show’s success and critical acclaim, he spearheaded the efforts to bring it back to the air. There are plenty of updates on the Frasier reboot, including its release date and which actors will return.

The latest news on the Frasier reboot has Kelsey Grammer addressing Niles’ absence and how it affects the new story. Grammer explains that not having Niles around will significantly impact the story, allowing the show to take a new direction. He points out that having Niles around meant Frasier never had a genuine friendship in his life, and “the idea of a great friend became really appealing and new to Frasier.” Grammer went on to explain that Nicholas Lyndhurt’s Alan will play Frasier’s new friend, whom he praises as “arguably one of the great actors of the UK. He’s become a great, great friend of mine personally.” Taking both Niles and Marty out of the story may seem like a strange way to do a Frasier reboot, but the idea of a story about finding friendship later in life is an interesting one and could provide a fun new direction for the character.

The Frasier reboot has been officially confirmed for release on Paramount+ in October 2023. The show’s production company, Grammnet Productions, and CBS Studios are producing the reboot, with How I Met Your Mother scribe Chris Harris and Life in Pieces writer Joe Cristalli penning the script. Filming began in February 2023, and Grammer confirmed in May 2023 that production had wrapped. The Frasier reboot release date is aiming to be October 1st, 2023, with ten episodes planned for the season.

While the original cast’s return is unconfirmed, it has been revealed that Peri Gilpin, who played Roz, will return alongside Grammer. Sadly, John Mahoney, who played Martin, passed away in 2018. David Hyde Pierce, who played Niles, has no intention of reprising his role, according to Grammer. Meanwhile, Jane Leeves, who played Daphne Moon, is unable to do the Frasier reboot due to her commitments to The Resident. Bebe Neuwirth, who played Lilith, Frasier’s ex-wife from Cheers, is open to reprising the role.

The Frasier reboot cast will mainly consist of new characters alongside Grammer’s Frasier and Gilpin’s Roz. Freddy Crane, Frasier’s son, will play a significant part in the show, portrayed by actor Jack Cutmore-Scott. Jess Salgueiro will play Freddy’s roommate, Eve, while Anders Keith will play Daphne and Niles’ son, David. Nicholas Lyndhurst will play Alan, Frasier’s old college buddy.

In conclusion, the Frasier reboot promises to bring both new and old elements to the story while keeping fans of the original show happy. The show’s release date is set for October 1st, 2023, with ten episodes planned for the season. While the original cast’s return is unconfirmed, new characters will play a significant role in the show, alongside Grammer and Gilpin’s reprisals of their original roles.

The classic sitcom Frasier is officially getting the reboot treatment, and there have been plenty of exciting Frasier reboot updates. Kelsey Grammer famously starred as the titular character Frasier Crane after he initially debuted in NBC’s Cheers as Diane’s (Shelley Long) former boyfriend. The character’s spinoff, which also featured John Mahoney as Martin Crane, Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane, and Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, ran for 11 seasons before it wrapped up in 2004. For years, there have been rumors that the show was getting revived, but nothing came out of these speculations until it was confirmed that Frasier will indeed return on Paramount+.

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Now, nearly two decades after Frasier ended, Frasier and his family are gearing up for a TV comeback through a revival — and new about the Frasier reboot already promises a show that both switches up the formula and has plenty to keep fans of the original happy. Grammer publicly discussed his interest in a Frasier reboot for several years, and aided by Frasier‘s success and critical acclaim, he successfully spearheaded the efforts to bring it back to the air. Not only is Grammer reprising his most memorable role, but he will also serve as an executive producer. There are plenty of Frasier reboot updates, from its release date to which actors will return.

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The Latest Frasier Reboot News

Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane wearing brown jacket in the first episode of the show

The latest Frasier reboot has Kelsey Grammer addressing Niles’ absence and how that affects the new story. It seems as though not having Niles around will be a major impact on the story, allowing the show to take a new direction as Grammer explains. He points out that having Niles around, Frasier never had a real friendship in his life and “the idea of a great friend became really appealing and new to Frasier.” Grammer went on to explain that Nicholas Lyndhurt’s Alan will play Frasier’s new friend who Grammer praises as “arguably one of the great actors of the UK. He’s become a great, great friend of mine personally.”

Certainly, taking both Niles and Marty out of the story may seem like a strange way to do a Frasier reboot. However, doing a show focusing on Frasier Crane without his pals from Cheers might have seemed strange too. The idea of this being a story of finding friendship later in life in an interesting one and could provide a fun new story for the character. Grammer himself has high hopes for the series, praising the new cast “I think it’s gonna be a great discovery for people. There’s some new people on the show to really fall in love with” and adding that the Frasier reboot may be funnier than the original.

The Frasier Reboot Is Confirmed

Frasier Original Cast

The Frasier reboot updates show that it has been officially confirmed, with the series officially set to order on Paramount+ in October 2023. Rumblings about the upcoming sequel season have been in the air long before this confirmation, with teases going all the way back to 2019. Unfortunately, the project was caught up in development hell before scripting and production finally began. Production hit snags, as Frasier was initially intended to return to his old stomping grounds, but this plot was nixed with Mahoney’s tragic passing in 2018.

Frasier reboot updates confirm that Grammer’s production company, Grammnet Productions, and CBS Studios are producing the reboot, which is being written by How I Met Your Mother scribe Chris Harris and Life in Pieces writer Joe Cristalli. Grammer revealed in late 2019 that he, alongside those working on the show, was busy trying to crack the show’s story. Since then, the actor has been asked a few more times regarding the series’ potential debut. Filming began in February 2023, and Grammer confirmed in May 2023 that production had wrapped (via Collider).

The Frasier Reboot Release Date Info

Frasier wearing a tuxedo and looking shocked in Frasier

Grammer not only revealed that production is aiming for the Frasier reboot release date to be October 1st, 2023but also the number of episodes. He said, “[We are ]aiming for October 1st. We’ve shot ten shows, we just finished up last Tuesday. it’s a terrific show.” Even though the October 1st release date isn’t totally set in stone, it’ll certainly be around that date and it’ll unlikely be significantly pushed back if at all. However, the Frasier reboot’s episode count is way lower than the 24-episode seasons the series had in its original run. But the TV landscape has changed drastically since Frasier season 11, and a 20-episode reboot season would have been just as surprising.

Will Frasier’s Original Cast Return For The Reboot?

The cast of Frasier sitting in a restaurant

In June 2020, the main cast of Frasier appeared for a virtual reunion to reminisce about their days working on the show while also raising money for The Actors Fund — a fundraiser for actors who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the subject of Frasier reboot updates came up at the time, none of the stars commented about their supposed involvement, although Grammer previously said in 2018, during Frasier’s 25th anniversary, that he wouldn’t be revisiting the series unless Pierce, Leeves, and Gilpin also returned.

Spearheading the Frasier reboot, Grammer has revealed that they have been actively asking his old co-stars to reprise their roles for the upcoming project. However, it’s been confirmed that the only returning Frasier cast members will be Gilpin, who played his producer Roz, and Grammer himself with the rest of the cast being reduced to guest appearances. Sadly, Mahoney — who played Martin, Frasier’s father — passed away in 2018, so he won’t be involved in the project. Meanwhile, according to Grammer, Pierce has no intentions of revisiting his Niles role.

Other Frasier reboot updates confirm that Leeves, who played the original Frasier’s physical therapist Daphne Moon, told EW in February 2021 that she would not leave her current show, The Residentto do the Frasier reboot. Meanwhile, Bebe Neuwirth, who played Lilith, Frasier’s ex-wife from Cheerssaid in 2019 that she’s open to reprising the role in the Frasier reboot. While the returning cast members are so far unconfirmed, it can be assumed that some of the original Frasier cast will at least cameo in the reboot. Along with possible returns of some Frasier characters, Grammer hinted at several Cheers cameos

Why Niles Isn’t In The Frasier Reboot

Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce) drinks from a coffee mug on Frasier.

According to Grammer, Pierce simply wasn’t interested in returning (via Indie Wire). The actor explained, “David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating the performance of Niles.” However, Grammer quickly spun Pierce’s absence from the Frasier reboot cast into a positive, noting, “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.” As Niles was such a beloved character and just as important to the show’s success as the titular character, fans might not see it the same way as Kramer, but that’s to be determined.

New Frasier Characters In The Reboot

Frasier and his young son Freddy

The Frasier reboot cast will mainly consist of new characters alongside Grammer’s titular psychiatrist and Gilpin’s Roz, and some of these new characters have already been announced. Save for two new characters, most of the cast is made up of the younger generation, as the show is meant to focus more on Freddy Crane, Frasier’s son. Playing Freddy Crane is actor Jack Cutmore-Scott who is mainly known for his part as Rufus in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Klaus in Tenet.

Jess Salgueiro, who can be spotted as Hughie’s girlfriend Robin in The Boyswill be playing Freddy’s roommate Eve. Freddy isn’t the only Crane family member who will appear, as Frasier reboot updates confirm that Daphne and Niles’ son David will be portrayed by Anders Keith, and this will be his first role. Alan, who is Frasier’s old college buddy, will be played by Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses). Grammer selected Lyndhurst for the role after the two worked together in the play Man of La Mancha with Grammer praising his co-star, “I warned them in America. I said, ‘Wait until this guy gets here’” (via Deadline). Alan’s colleague Olivia will be played by actress Toks Olagundoye (Castle).

Kelsey Grammer Will Direct A Frasier Reboot Episode

Dr. Frasier Crane on his radio show Frasier

Frasier is also following a series tradition with Grammer revealed to direct an episode later in the season. This bit of news came from Salguiero’s Instagram (via Reddit)where the star posted a picture of the script from season 1, episode 8, which denoted that Grammer was directing the installment. Grammer previously stepped behind the camera to direct several episodes of the original show, so these particular Frasier reboot updates bode well for the new series’ ability to hold up against the original.

Frasier Reboot Story Details

Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane next to Peri Gilpin as Roz

While Grammer has been careful about what he reveals about the Frasier reboot story details, he’s dropped some updates about what can be expected. In 2019, the actor hinted that Frederick will be a significant factor in the reboot as viewers will learn what the younger Crane has been up to these last several years. It’s also imperative for Frasier‘s revival to address Marty’s absence following Mahoney’s death.

As for Frasier himself, Grammer said in more Frasier reboot updates that the psychiatrist-turned-radio host is looking for a “third act.” (via People). However, his new adventure won’t be set in his home city of Seattle; instead, other Frasier reboot story details have revealed that Frasier will return to Boston, where Cheers was set, flipping the trend of the character moving from one place to another in between sitcoms on its head. Fans should also expect a different version of the character as he returns to his origins, but he’ll still maintain the classic Frasier Crane sentimentality. Grammer also confirmed the story will focus on Frasier’s friendship with Alan.

Grammer also teased in 2021 that the Frasier reboot will see the title character “rich beyond his dreams,” though later elaborated on Rob Lowe’s podcast Literally! from January 2022 that he meant it in the emotional, and not necessarily financial, sense. As such, the revival’s Frasier Crane will still be financially comfortable from his successes in Seattle and Chicago, but his vast “wealth” is defined by his family, love, and experience. Although Grammer seems to be clear about the overall trajectory of the Frasier reboot’s story, plot specifics have yet to be full revealed.

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