The hope of a Frasier revival is still alive and well, and while there hasn't been an official green-light on the project, Kelsey Grammer emerged on the late-night circuit to share there is progress being made. Grammer gave an update on how discussions are progressing so far, and how the show's potential revival would differ from other NBC sitcom revivals.
We’re talking to a group of writers. The first principle is that it is a different story, basically. Same group of characters but in a different setting. Something has changed in their lives. Certainly John Mahoney died over a year ago, and we would probably deal with that a little bit, with dad being gone. But the third act of Frasier, rather than trying to pick it up, like Will & Grace did, right where they were.
Kelsey Grammer explained that this revival would differ from Frasier, and called it more like the third act of the character's life. That means there's a chance this revival could be more like the transition from Cheers to Frasier, with Dr. Crane entering a completely new stage of his life with different trials and tribulations. Grammer mentioned the revival would include some of the original cast, and that they'd each be in different places in life as well.
For example, each character may have been impacted by the death Frasier's father Martin (played by John Mahoney), but Kelsey Grammer hinted at even bigger changes than that. It looks like Seattle may no longer be the place where they'll be singing about tossed salad and scrambled eggs, and Frasier Crane may undergo some radical life changes in the Midwest.
We’re just exploring what that might be. It could be [set] in Chicago — he left for Chicago before in the last episode of Frasier. There seems to be some appetite for it. . . . He’s past the radio show. He might be an art dealer or a professor. We don’t know yet.
Frasier is out of the radio game, as Kelsey Grammer quickly brushed off the notion that the character will be getting back into that during his interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden. As for what's next, it's safe to say Frasier Crane wouldn't take just any job, and would probably prefer some position held in deep regard by high society types. He'd never change so much he wouldn't appreciate the finer things, right?
Keep in mind, Kelsey Grammer did not guarantee the Frasier revival is happening, but merely stated he's talking to writers. That said, Grammer hasn't always been down for a revival of his classic NBC series in the past, so perhaps the fact that he's entertaining ideas should be encouraging that something may go into production in the future. If nothing else, they could have the revival on The Good Place and bring all the characters on there!
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