Oh “Frasier,” how we love thee here at Nerdbot. Stop us if you’ve heard this before but we have kind of a thing for the beloved sitcom. So much so that one staff writer has been running “The Frasier Analysis” podcast for the better part of five years. We were obviously very excited for the “Frasier” revival news.
While promoting an upcoming talkshow appearance, “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer teased the revival.
The first topic they discuss is the “key” to the success of the show. Grammer says the key is Frasier himself. Now, to mix a little bit of commentary in with the news here, this is kind of troubling. If anything, the key to the show’s past success was Frasier’s relationship with his family. The way Grammer played off David Hyde-Pierce‘s Niles Crane with the kind of loving antagonism and elitist snobbery was unlike anything else on American television. When you combine this with the late, great, John Mahoney as their down-to-Earth father, it made for uniquely funny yet poignant dynamics. Taken on his own, you could arguably state that Frasier Crane was the weakest of the main characters and possibly the most dislikable for his personality flaws.
The subject then changes to when filming is going to begin. Kelsey starts by saying October, but then becomes kind of wishy-washy on that. He mentions that there are other things they need to shoot first, but whether he’s talking about himself or his own Grammnet Productions is unclear. He did go on to say though that the final script is not yet finished. As he put it, they’re in the “final stages of the final script for the first episode of “Frasier.” He follows it up by saying he has read through it a few times and it made him cry, which makes him happy with it.
So what’s the take away from all this? Well for starters, if the final script for the first episode isn’t even completely finished yet after all this time, it suggests that there has been a lot of tinkering with this thing. Whether that’s for better or worse, only time will tell. It also means that considering shooting is likely not going to happen until after October, we won’t be seeing Frasier Crane’s new adventures until 2023. Finally, we can infer that this series may focus less on an ensemble cast and more on Frasier himself. That could seriously be a step in a bad direction, but we also haven’t seen anything of the script yet to judge. Alas, we must sleep perchance to dream about it for now.
If we get more information on what’s happening with the revival, we’ll be sure to report it. Until then, all 11 seasons of “Frasier” are streamable on Hulu and Paramount+, the latter of which house the revival when it eventually premieres.
For now this is Nerdbot wishing you a good day, and good mental health.