A 10-episode series of Paramount+ reboot of sitcom Frasier will premiere in the US on 12 October, and internationally the following day.
This fall marks 30 years since the original series premiered on NBC. It became one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, with 107 Emmy nominations and 37 wins during its 11-year run – the most all-time wins for any comedy series.
It held the record until 2016 when Game of Thrones won 38. Grammer has been Emmy-nominated for playing Frasier Crane on Cheers and Frasier, as well as a 1992 crossover appearance on Wings, making him the only performer to be nominated for playing the same role on three different shows.
The new series finds Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier Crane in Boston, working as a professor and trying to connect with his adult son, Freddy, played by Jack Cutmore-Scott.
Frasier has “new challenges to face, new relationships to forge and an old dream or two to finally fulfill”, according to a press release.
Cast of Frasier
Described as a “third act” and another spin-off, Grammer said he “gleefully” anticipated “sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane” as he had “spent over 20 years” of his “creative life on the Paramount lot”.
In addition to Grammer, the new Frasier will star Nicholas Lyndhurst as Alan, Frasier’s old college friend turned university professor; Toks Olagundoye as Olivia, Alan’s colleague and head of the university’s psychology department; Jess Salgueiro as Freddy’s roommate, Eve; and Anders Keith as Frasier’s nephew, David.
The original sitcom’s cast, including Jane Leeves’s Daphne and Peri Gilpin’s Roz, will not be regulars, but could make guest appearances. David Hyde Pierce has declined to return as Frasier’s neurotic brother, Niles; John Mahoney, who played Frasier and Niles’s father, Martin, died in 2018.
The new series hails from writers Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life in Pieces), who executive-produced the reboot along with Grammer, Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon. James Burrows, the co-creator of Cheers and the director of the original Frasier pilot, will return to direct the first two episodes of the revival.
The show will premiere in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, October 12, with two episodes, and on Friday, October 13, in all other international markets where Paramount+ is available.
New episodes will then drop weekly on Thursdays, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Canada, and on Fridays, internationally.
In addition, the CBS Television Network will broadcast a special airing of the first two episodes back to back on Tuesday, October 17, beginning at 9:15 p.m. ET/PT.