The thing about these fledgling streaming services is that they think the best way to add new subscribers is by bringing back something old and familiar, and I guess it works. I assume that CBS All Access — not Paramount+ — is doing OK with all of its Star Trek series, and while the future (for now) for the streaming service is the Yellowstone universe, it’s also reaching out to a different demographic, as well.
Paramount+ has greenlit a reboot of Frasier with Kelsey Grammer. It’s all happening (after years of discussions). Alas, it won’t be the same Frasier. As the character did after leaving Cheers, he’ll be relocating once again to a new city and, once again, he’ll be surrounded by an all-new set of characters. No one from the original show is expected to be a series regular, although they may make an appearance.
I mean: What is Frasier without Niles Crane? Without Daphne, and Roz, and the culture clash with his father, Martin (RIP John Mahoney)? That’s not really Frasier, is it? That’s just the Kelsey Grammer show. And you know he’s going to be a podcaster, isn’t he?
If you’re going to revive an old show for nostalgia value, it sure helps to have the original crew. But maybe lightning can strike for this character a third time. Or maybe not. Probably not.
Frasier will now move into production (ten episodes are expected), with an eye, I suspect, toward premiering sometime next year.