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Frasier revival with Kelsey Grammer reprising his titular role joins lineup of Paramount+ programs

A revival of the sitcom Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer was officially announced Wednesday as part of the lineup for streaming service Paramount+.

Kelsey Grammer, 66, will reprise his role as Dr. Frasier Crane in the revival, according to an article by The Hollywood Reporter.

‘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,’ Grammer said.

Classic sitcom: A revival of the sitcom Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer, shown in a 2004 still, was officially announced Wednesday as part of the lineup for streaming service Paramount+

‘I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane,’ he added.

ViacomCBS unveiled new Paramount+ programming Wednesday ahead of its rebranding next week from CBS All Access.

Grammer’s Grammnet Productions and CBS Studios had been working for several years on producing a revival and talks progressed as Paramount+ emerged as a factor.

Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli will write the revival after running the Twitter account @FrasierContemp for several years that features lines and scripts pages of possible Frasier scenarios.

Harris and Cristalli will executive produce along with Grammer and Grammnet’s Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon.

‘Frasier is one of the most acclaimed comedies in modern television history and truly defines premium storytelling,’ said CBS Studios president David Stapf.

‘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 +,’ Stapf added.

John Mahoney – who played Frasier’s father Martin – passed away, age 77, in 2018 after a four-year battle with throat cancer.

Fans can expect the pretentious Harvard-trained psychiatrist to bring his radio show/podcast to a new city after leaving his Seattle hometown. 

RIP: Sadly, John Mahoney (R) - who played Frasier's father Martin - passed away, age 77, in 2018 after a four-year battle with throat cancer

RIP: Sadly, John Mahoney (R) – who played Frasier’s father Martin – passed away, age 77, in 2018 after a four-year battle with throat cancer

New chapter: Fans can expect the pretentious Harvard-trained psychiatrist to bring his radio show/podcast to a new city after leaving his Seattle hometown

New chapter: Fans can expect the pretentious Harvard-trained psychiatrist to bring his radio show/podcast to a new city after leaving his Seattle hometown

‘We’ve got it hatched. We’ve hatched the plan, what we think is the right way to go,’ Grammer told In Depth With Graham Bensinger in 2019.

‘It’s not going to be Seattle. It’s not going to be the same Frasier, it’s going to be the man in his next iteration. Hopefully that’ll be something people like watching. But I think it’ll be funny,’ he said.

Grammer famously originated the character as a married shrink living in Boston on nine seasons of the classic NBC sitcom Cheers. 

The 66-year-old actor told In Depth With Graham Bensinger in 2019: 'We've hatched the plan, what we think is the right way to go...It's not going to be Seattle. It's not going to be the same Frasier, it's going to be the man in his next iteration. Hopefully that'll be something people like watching. But I think it'll be funny'

The 66-year-old actor told In Depth With Graham Bensinger in 2019: ‘We’ve hatched the plan, what we think is the right way to go…It’s not going to be Seattle. It’s not going to be the same Frasier, it’s going to be the man in his next iteration. Hopefully that’ll be something people like watching. But I think it’ll be funny’ 

Looking hopeful: Shooting could begin as early as summer if the reboot is greenlit with Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as Dr. Frasier Crane

Looking hopeful: Shooting could begin as early as summer if the reboot is greenlit with Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as Dr. Frasier Crane

Spin-off: Grammer famously originated the character as a married shrink living in Boston on nine seasons of the classic NBC sitcom Cheers (pictured in 1987)

Spin-off: Grammer famously originated the character as a married shrink living in Boston on nine seasons of the classic NBC sitcom Cheers (pictured in 1987)

Looking good! Ideas were likely even more fleshed out after Kelsey reunited with his talented ensemble last year for two Stars in the House streaming events supporting The Actors Fund

Looking good! Ideas were likely even more fleshed out after Kelsey reunited with his talented ensemble last year for two Stars in the House streaming events supporting The Actors Fund


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