Tossed salad and scrambled eggs are back on the menu (with a glass of sherry, of course): the long-awaited Frasier sequel officially launches.
Frasier, one of the most successful sitcoms on television, ran 263 episodes between 1993 and 2004 and won 37 Emmy awards. When it was announced in February 2021 that a sequel was in development, it was revealed that Kelsey Grammer would return to the title role and serve as executive producer.
On Wednesday, Deadline reported that a single series had been officially green-lighted by US streaming service Paramount+, with an unconfirmed 10 episodes.
In the new series, the psychiatrist turned radio host Frasier Crane will begin the next phase of his life in a new city after leaving Seattle, where Frasier took place. In the final episode of the original series, Frasier Crane gave up a promising new job in San Francisco and instead moved to Chicago, where his girlfriend Charlotte, played by Laura Linney, had just moved.
The rest of the cast will reportedly feature mostly new characters. Members of the original cast – David Hyde Pierce’s Niles, Jane Leeves’ Daphne and Peri Gilpin’s Roz – are not expected to be regulars, although they can make guest appearances. John Mahoney, who played Frasier and Niles’ father Martin, passed away in 2018. Moose the dog, who played Eddie, Martin’s pet Jack Russell, died in 2006.
Earlier this year, Hyde Pierce, who played Frasier’s brother Niles, told The Guardian he hadn’t heard many details about the sequel. “It’s happening, but I don’t know in what form or when, so I don’t know where I’ll be and what I’ll do. I’m definitely interested to see what they come up with,” he said.
Leeves has suggested she won’t be part of the revival, telling Entertainment Weekly that she was committed to her role in the medical drama The Resident. “I have no idea, but I won’t leave The Resident to do that if it happens,” she said of a revival.
Grammer has been eagerly chasing a sequel for years. In an ITV interview three years ago, he suggested that an elderly Frasier Crane could become a professor or back in private psychiatry. He also suggested that the story would be “something that brings him back into conflict with his brother” and explore his relationship with his now-adult son, Frederick.
In July, Grammer confirmed that they were “in the final stages of the final script for the first episode” for the sequel series, adding: “I drove through it a few times and I cried, so I’m happy.”