Fraiser may be making a return, thanks to Kelsey Grammer
The beloved sitcom could be revamped as 'Frasier' star and executive producer Kelsey Grammer is reportedly exploring the idea of making a 'Fraiser' comeback with CBS.
2018 has been the year of good news for everyone who loves nostalgia. In yet another moment of nostalgia fix, 'Fraiser' may be coming back for a series reboot. The beloved sitcom could be revamped by 'Frasier' star and executive producer Kelsey Grammer is reportedly interested in making a comeback with CBS. It will reportedly have a time appropriate twist - be set in a new city and could have Fraiser Crane, the radio psychiatrist be the show's connection to the old series. This move would be quite different from the revivals and remakes we've seen so far this year like 'Little Women', 'Will & Grace', 'Roseanne' and 'Murphy Brown'. According to Deadline, Grammer is said to be "currently meeting with writers who are pitching different concepts for the potential follow-up series" and "If the producers settle on a writer and a premise, the project could move beyond exploratory stage."
Kelsey Grammer has been Emmy-nominated for playing the same character on three different shows: #Cheers (1982), Frasier (1993), and a guest appearance on #Wings (1990).— DeJaViewed (@DeJaViewedUSA) May 23, 2018
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The sitcom was broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and ending on May 13, 2004. It was created and produced by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee (as Grub Street Productions) in association with Grammnet and Paramount Network Television. It was a highly successful show, not only in terms of viewers but also cultural impact. It is seen as a cult show of sorts - it gave birth to several fan sites and podcasts that focus on the different aspects of the show. Some of the most popular ones are called 'Frasierphiles' and 'Talk Salad and Scrambled Eggs with Kevin Smith and Matt Mira'.
Starring Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, and John Mahoney, it broke records at the time it was at its peak in terms of awards and accolades as well. The show and the cast won thirty-seven Emmy Awards, a then-record for a scripted series. It also won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for five consecutive years! In addition to this, the episode 'The Matchmaker' was ranked number 43 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time in 1994 and was named the greatest international programme of all time by a panel of 1,600 industry experts for the British Film Institute as part of BFI TV 100 in the year 2000.
A classic example of a spin-off doing better than its originals, 'Fraiser' was actually a spin-off for the show 'Cheers'. This too was a sitcom that aired on NBC from September 30, 1982, to May 20, 1993, for eleven seasons. The spin-off plot followed Frasier Crane as he returned to his hometown of Seattle and started building a new life as a radio host while reconnecting with his father and brother.
There has been no comment from the representatives of Grammer and CBS TV studios so far, but there is no second guessing about the fact that fans desperately hope this comes true!