2023 may be the year that has more articles written about “Frasier” since it premiered thirty years ago in 1993. More bits of information have emerged in the lead-up to the revival’s premiere, and this latest bit of casting information may be the most interesting one yet. Just like the previous announcement revealing someone old and someone new, so does this one. And the returning character is probably not someone you expect.
Die hard “Frasier” fans will know one of the recurring storylines in the show’s eleventh and final season was the pregnancy of Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves). The series ended with her and her husband, Niles Crane (David Hyde-Pierce) welcoming their son David. In a heartfelt tribute, David was so named in honor of the late David Angell; one of the creators of the show. Angell was regrettably killed during the events of 9/11, but his legacy lives on in the form of David Crane. While that child only had a few moments of screen time, he’s back and fully grown for the revival series!
David Crane will be played by Anders Keith, a very fresh face. So fresh, this is his first major project. His character is described as having “his father’s intelligence, his mother’s smile, and neither of their ‘polish’.” An interesting choice of words considering depending on the season or her mood, Daphne wasn’t nearly as polished a person as Niles. Remember, this is the same woman who caused a multi-car accident by dumping laundry off of Frasier’s balcony near the end of season 6.
As of right now, neither Leeves nor Hyde-Pierce are returning.
Jess Salgueiro is also joining the cast. She’ll be playing the role of Freddy Crane’s roommate, Eve. The character is being described as someone who is outgoing and “bursting with creative energy, whether it was asked for or not.” Despite this, she is also described as being able to bond with both Frasier and his son, allowing for a sort of bridge to be built between them. She also marks the first official female character to be confirmed for the show. Personally, we’re still holding out for Bebe Neuwirth to return as Lilith.
There’s still no official premiere date for the revived series of “Frasier,” but we’d be willing to bet this isn’t the end of the announcements leading up to it. When we hear more, we’ll report it. After all, we’re listening.