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Dr. Frasier Crane is listening — again.
A revival of classic sitcom Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer is officially a go at ViacomCBS’ streaming service Paramount+. The news was announced Wednesday during the company’s unveiling of Paramount+.
“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. “I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane.”
CBS Studios and Grammer’s Grammnet Productions are producing the revival, which Grammer has been working to make happen for several years. News of a possible revival first surfaced in the summer of 2018, when Grammer had early talks with CBS Studios about the show. Paramount+ entered the picture earlier this month as talks progressed.
Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life in Pieces) — who for several years has run a Twitter account, @FrasierContempo, with lines and script pages featuring possible Frasier scenarios — will write the new show. They executive produce 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+.”
Grammer first played Frasier Crane on Cheers in 1984 and moved on to headline Frasier, which ran for 11 seasons on NBC. The series won 37 Emmys over its run, including five consecutive best comedy series trophies beginning in 1994 and multiple acting wins for Grammer and co-star David Hyde Pierce. The series currently streams on CBS All Access — which will become Paramount+ next week — as well as Hulu and Peacock.
In addition to the Frasier revival, Grammer is also set to star in an ABC comedy opposite Alec Baldwin in the 2021-22 season. The untitled show, which received a straight to series order, comes from Frasier and Modern Family veteran Christopher Lloyd.
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