Welp, it’s here. Nearly a year after Paramount+ gave the Frasier reboot the green light, we finally have the first trailer. Up until now, I’ve been in total
denial (OMG, de-Niles); because what is Frasier sans fussy Niles, salt-of-the-earth Martin, daffy Daphne, sexually prolific Roz? Answer: it’s just Kelsey Grammer doing a Transatlantic accent.
In the trailer, a still-single Frasier returns to Boston to reconnect with his son, Freddy. Freddy (Jack Cutmore-Scott) is now a firefighter who drinks cheap Scotch, wears jeans, and has a cool bartender girlfriend, Eve (Jess Salgueiro). Wait a sec. Wasn’t child-Freddy (originally played by Mad Men’s Trevor Einhorn) a fastidious fancy boy, just like his father? Not anymore. Character development or gaping plot hole? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
After Freddy rejects his attempts at reconciliation, Frasier takes a job at a local university and moves into an apartment across the hall from his son (yet another Baby Boomer parent ignoring boundaries). His new colleagues include Olivia (Toks Olagundoye), the head of the psychology department, and Alan (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Frasier’s former college buddy who’s basically the professor version of KACL’s food critic, Gil Chesterton.
Like the original Frasier, this Frasier is filmed in front of a live studio audience. Here’s the trailer:
Huh. I don’t know. It isn’t great. The whole vibe just feels forced and dated, like most of the sitcom reboots before it. But, to be fair, it’s hard for a trailer to sell a laugh-track comedy in 2023. So I’m willing to give the new Frasier a chance, if only to catch Bebe Neuwirth guest star as Lilith. Too bad Niles and Martin won’t be around to drag Frasier’s ice-cold ex to hell and back:
Frasier’s 10-episode first season will premiere with two eps on Thursday, October 12th. After that, new episodes will drop weekly.