Add Frasier to the list of beloved 1990s shows to potentially get the reboot treatment.
CBS TV Studios and Frasier star/executive producer Kelsey Grammer are in the very early stages of discussion for a possible follow-up, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
CBS Studios declined comment.
Frasier, a spinoff of Cheers, aired for 11 seasons on NBC from 1993-2004. The show racked up 37 Emmy wins, including five straight for outstanding comedy series, over its lifespan. The series finale had Frasier leaving Seattle for Chicago, where he had followed his girlfriend, Charlotte (Laura Linney), in hopes of reuniting with her, while other members of his family moved into new phases of their own lives.
Grammer is listening to pitches from writers for ways to reboot or continue the show. Whether it’s a straight revival, a la Will & Grace and Murphy Brown, or more of a reboot with new characters but some link to the original show, remains to be seen. It’s not much more than an idea being thrown around at the moment.
Still, if it gets past that stage, a Frasier reboot would be firmly in line with recent trends in TV. The show’s former Must-See TV cohort, Will & Grace, is entering the second season of its revival on NBC (and has already been renewed for a third). ABC’s Roseanne revival was the No. 1 show on network TV in 2017-18 and will morph into spinoff The Conners in the fall following Rosanne Barr’s exit.
CBS is bringing back Murphy Brown in the fall after a 20-year absence, and Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt have been working toward a Mad About You revival with Sony.
Grammer will next star in Fox’s drama Proven Innocent, which premieres in early 2019.
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