'Frasier' Reboot Likely to Leave Seattle

Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that Kelsey Grammer is trying to put together a Frasier reboot. Unlike other revivals—Roseanne, Will & Grace, Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development—a theoretical Frasier would be a "reboot," complete with a new city. Frasier Crane is moving away from Seattle.

Grammer, both the lead actor and executive producer of Frasier, is meeting with writers to hear different concept pitches in what Deadline describes as an "exploratory stage." The original Frasier ran for 11 seasons, from 1993 to 2004, winning 37 Primetime Emmys, a record surpassed by Game of Thrones in 2016.

Grammer's character, Frasier Crane, originated on Cheers , first as a psychiatrist to Sam Malone (Ted Danson), then as the fiancé of Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) and finally married to Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth). Spinoff show Frasier picks up after a divorce, with Frasier moving back to his hometown of Seattle and rooming with his father, Martin (the late John Mahoney) and dealing with his younger brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The Crane brothers are snobby aesthetes with high-society aspirations, qualities that often clashed with their ex-cop father.

Other main cast members include Frasier's radio show producer Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin) and Martin's live-in housekeeper and physical therapist, Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves). But the possibility of a new Frasier doesn't necessarily mean the return of the original's main cast. Like the move from Cheers to the original Frasier, the reboot could have a radically different cast, with only Frasier himself as the common denominator. For example, Frasier could take on the Martin role this time around, moving across the country to live with his adult son Frederick.

Loaded with literary references and cultural snobbishness, Frasier Crane is sure to fit awkwardly in 2018, leaving open a lot of possibilities for how his character might react to even less refined times than Seattle in the 90s. So far, both CBS TV Studios and Kelsey Grammer have refused comment to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter. A protean idea more than a series, the new Frasier is far from a guarantee, but seems like a natural extension of the 90s reboot wave, like the return of Captain Picard, except for oenophiles and New Yorker readers.