Announced as part of ViacomCBS’ investor day presentation on Wednesday, the Frasier reboot will be one of the flagship offerings of Paramount+, which is set to launch on March 4th as a replacement to the streaming service, CBS All Access.
“Having spent over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount lot, both producing shows and performing in several, I’d like to congratulate Paramount+ on its entry into the streaming world,” said Grammer. “I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane.”
In addition to reprising his radio psychiatrist role in the reboot, Grammer will also executive produce along with Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli, who will both serve as writers. Also executive producing are Grammnet Productions’ Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon. The reboot will be produced by CBS Studios in association with Grammnet Productions.
Though there has been no official word yet as to whether supporting cast members of the original Frasier will join Grammer in the reboot, Deadline previously reported that David Hyde Pierce, who portrayed Frasier’s brother, Niles, in the original series, had been approached about coming back.
Sources also told TVLine earlier this month that the hope is that Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin would also be involved in the reboot in some capacity. Leeves played the role of Daphne Moon, Niles’ love interest, in the original series, while Gilpin appeared as Roz Doyle, the producer of Frasier’s radio show.
In an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2019, Grammer revealed that the Frasier reboot will explore Frasier in “his next iteration” with a focus on the relationship with his son, Frederick (originally portrayed by Trevor Einhorn).
The Frasier reboot doesn’t have a release date yet, but according to Deadline, the series won’t get underway until 2022, as Grammer is set to work first on a yet-to-be-titled ABC multi-cam comedy with Alec Baldwin.
Other series confirmed to exclusively stream on Paramount+ include anthology crime series American Tragedy and dark comedy Guilty Party. A Quiet Place II and Mission: Impossible 7 will also be available on the streaming service after their theatrical run.