“Hey baby, I hear the blues a-callin’, tossed salad and scrambled eggs…”
If you know that line, then surely you were a Frasier fan back in the day, in which case this article is for you! Nearly three years after it was first floated as a possibility, a revival of the beloved NBC series appears to be coming to fruition at Paramount Plus, the forthcoming streaming service from Viacom CBS.
Though Frasier aired on NBC for 11 seasons, the show is a Paramount property, which is why all 264 episodes are currently available to stream on CBS All Access. Frasier is considered one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, having won 37 Emmy Awards over the course of its run.
The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane, a character he originated years before on Cheers. David Hyde Pierce co-starred as his younger brother, Dr. Niles Crane, a fellow psychiatrist, while the late John Mahoney played their father, Martin Crane. English actress Jane Leeves co-starred as Daphne, Frasier’s live-in housekeeper who eventually became Niles’ love interest, while Peri Gilpin played Roz, who produced Frasier’s radio show.
Though a Frasier revival has been in the works for several years, there are still several hurdles to clear. First, the cast has to sign off on the idea, as Grammer had previously indicated that “If it’s not a great show, and if we don’t hear a pitch that hits it out of the park, it probably won’t happen.” Next is the issue of compensation, as Grammer and his co-stars were paid top-dollar when the show was on NBC, and Paramount+ is unlikely to get a discount. Finally, there’s the issue of scheduling, as Grammer is set to star opposite Alec Baldwin in an untitled multi-cam comedy for ABC, while Pierce is busy filming a Julia Child series for HBO Max.
With those issues in mind, Deadline reports that if the revival is greenlit, production is unlikely to start before next year, though TV Line suggests it could go before cameras as soon as this summer. Joe Cristalli and Chris Harris have been tapped to write the script, which is expected to find Frasier living in a new city other than rainy Seattle.
The TV/streaming landscape has embraced revivals of hit ’90s shows, be it sitcoms like Will & Grace, Mad About You and Roseanne (now The Conners) or dramas such as The X-Files. Paramount Plus is also prepping a revival of the Nickelodeon series iCarly. The new streaming service — a rebranding of CBS All Access, and launching March 4 — will offer original content as well as shows from CBS, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and Nickelodeon.