“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 Grammer in a statement. “I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane.”
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Dr. Frasier Crane may soon be making house calls again. TV Line reports a revival of the critically acclaimed sitcom Frasier is currently in development at Paramount+.
While it sounds as though the new series is in the early stages of development and hasn’t yet been given an official greenlight, star Kelsey Grammer is said to be attached. Production could begin as early as this summer, once Grammer finishes filming his upcoming ABC sitcom with costar Alec Baldwin.
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TV Line’s sources note Paramount is also hoping to bring back costars David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin “in some capacity.” Unfortunately, with the passing of John Maloney in 2018, the revival will have to write out his character, Martin Crane.
Word of a possible Frasier revival first surfaced in 2018. At the time, Deadline reported the new series would be set somewhere other than Seattle, paving the way for a new supporting cast. It’s unclear whether that’s still the plan with the current incarnation of the series. But with Frasier making IGN’s list of cancelled shows that deserve revivals, we’re just glad to see progress on the new series.
Frasier itself is a spinoff of the NBC sitcom Cheers. In both shows Grammer played Dr. Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist who hosts a call-in radio show. Grammer won four Emmys for his portrayal, as did Pierce, who played Frasier’s younger brother, Niles Crane. The show aired for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004 on NBC. If you’re wondering why the revival series is in the works at Paramount+ rather than NBCUniversal’s own Peacock, Paramount holds the rights to Frasier.
Paramount+ launches on March 4. This new streaming service is essentially a rebranding of the current CBS All Access service, and will “feature content from ViacomCBS’ leading portfolio of broadcast, news, sports and entertainment brands.” Paramount+ is also scheduled to launch in international markets in 2021, beginning with Australia, Latin America, and the Nordics. The service will launch alongside the streaming debut of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.
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