In the ever-evolving landscape of TV reboots and revivals, the casts of beloved series are finding some clever ways to reunite. One of the next projects to join that list is a long overdue revival of Frasier, which received a ten-episode first-season series order for Paramount+ earlier this year. It’s already been confirmed that the series will bring Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) face-to-face with a new ensemble of characters, with some of the original show’s cast members not returning this time around. Chief among them is David Hyde Pierce’s Niles Crane – and Grammer has a new take on why his on-screen brother isn’t returning. In a recent interview with People. comGrammer explained Pierce’s decision not to return and indicated that it will help the story of the show itself.
“David actually decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating Niles’ performance,” Grammer explained, adding later. “In a really funny way, it just took us to a new place, which is what we originally wanted to do anyway, what a Frasier third act. It’s a whole new life for him.”
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Grammer will serve as executive producer on the new Frasier alongside Chris Harris (How I met your mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life in pieces), who write the scripts. As Grammer explained in that same interview, this new show will see Frasier start over in a new city — but will also deal with the absence of his other friends and family.
“He’s our brave little soldier going through life, finding new challenges and a new love and new people and a new city and things like that,” Grammer revealed. “I’m really, really excited about it, and we will certainly always honor the past. We have to honor the fact that John Mahoney passed away and Martin is no longer with us. We will definitely have to deal with that.”
“We’ll definitely respond to the fact that there was a brother and stuff,” Grammer added. “But the new world for Frasier is one of new friendships — and some new twists he didn’t know were still in it.”
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