NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt is doubtful that a Frasier revival will ever happen. This is despite series revivals – or in some cases sequel series featuring some of the original cast – being a growing trend in TV. In the last several years alone, TGIF staples Full House and Boy Meets World have gotten sequels, The X-Files has gotten resurrected for more monster hunting adventures, Twin Peaks returned to confuse everyone once again, and soon Will & Grace arrives to generate more laughs on NBC. The above list is by no means comprehensive either.
With Will & Grace already set to return to NBC for not one but two new seasons – and NBC recently floating the possibility of potential 30 Rock and The Office revivals – it was only a matter of time until talk got around to one of the network’s all-time “must-see” comedies: Frasier. A spinoff of the equally legendary Cheers, Frasier ran for 11 seasons total, the same length as its progenitor. This gives star Kelsey Grammer the rare distinction of portraying the same character on prime time TV for more than 20 consecutive years.
Unfortunately for those who might be craving some more tossed salads and scrambled eggs though, Greenblatt recently told TV Line, that despite conversations having taken place, a Frasier revival is unlikely to ever actually happen. Here’s Greenblatt’s full quote on the matter:
“I’ve had conversations with [exec producer] David Lee about [Frasier]. Frasier would be great. I’d love to [bring back] Frasier. We put out feelers about [it] over the years. But I don’t think there’s any real interest. I think everyone’s moved on.”
One big reason that Greenblatt notes for his belief that a Frasier revival is unlikely is the tragic death of series co-creator David Angell, who perished along with his wife Lynn in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Greenblatt doesn’t think that fellow co-creators Lee and Peter Casey will want to return to Frasier without Angell around to participate creatively.
Another potential stumbling block in the way of a Frasier revival might be the availability of the cast, most of which have seen their careers thrive since the series ended. Grammer currently stars in Amazon drama The Last Tycoon, David Hyde Pierce is constantly working on both stage and screen, Jane Leeves is only a couple years removed from the 6-season run of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, and Peri Gilpin currently recurs on Scorpion. As for John Mahoney, the now 77-year-old has acted only a handful of times since 2010. In short, even if Frasier’s producers wanted a revival, wrangling the cast could prove a problem all on its own.
Source: TV Line
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