Kelsey Grammer Discusses Frasier Reboot and TV Career

Kelsey Grammer Discusses Frasier Reboot and TV Career

Kelsey Grammer is once again in the spotlight, this time discussing the much-anticipated reboot of “Frasier” and reflecting on his extensive television career. Known for his iconic portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane, Grammer has garnered numerous accolades, including four Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series during the original run of “Frasier.” His journey with the character began on “Cheers” from 1984 to 1993 before transitioning to the spin-off that ran until 2004.

Grammer’s achievements extend beyond “Frasier.” He has won Voiceover Emmys for his role as Sideshow Bob on “The Simpsons” and for “Trollhunters.” Additionally, he has two Golden Globes for “Frasier” and another for his role in the Starz drama “Boss.” His accolades also include a SAG Award as part of the “Frasier” ensemble and a Tony Award as a producer for the 2016 revival of “The Color Purple.” He was also Tony-nominated for his role in the 2010 production of “La Cage aux Folles.”

Now, Grammer is back in the Emmy conversation with the new “Frasier” series on Paramount+. The reboot sees Dr. Crane returning to Boston with a fresh set of supporting characters. The series is currently in production for its second season. Grammer’s involvement extends behind the camera as well, having directed several episodes and being nominated for a DGA Award in 1999 for “Frasier.”

In a recent interview, Grammer shared his excitement about bringing a “wiser, smarter, hopefully funnier, and a little less hysterical” Frasier Crane to the reboot. He also expressed his hopes for the new series to run for another 100 episodes, a decade-long journey if they produce 10 episodes a year.

Grammer’s career is not limited to television. He has appeared in various films, including his role as Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast in the “X-Men” series and the recent faith-based hit, “Jesus Revolution.” His stage credits are extensive, featuring many Shakespearean roles and musicals like “Sweeney Todd” and “My Fair Lady.”

The new “Frasier” series aims to be more inclusive, featuring a diverse cast that better represents today’s society. This shift is part of a broader trend in television to be more representative. The original series, while beloved, was criticized for its lack of diversity. The reboot addresses this by including characters like Olivia Finch, played by Toks Olagundoye, a Black woman who is the chair of the psychology department at Harvard. Another new character, Eve, played by Jess Salgueiro, adds to the show’s diversity.

Grammer’s political views have also been a topic of discussion. In a recent interview with the BBC, he confirmed his support for former President Donald Trump, a stance that might influence some fans’ views on the reboot. However, Grammer emphasized that the new “Frasier” series is not just about him but also about the diverse cast and the stories they bring to life.

The reboot has yet to receive a release date, but Grammer confirmed that the show will move from its original Seattle location to Boston, where his character first appeared on “Cheers.” While there are no plans to revisit the iconic bar from “Cheers,” Grammer hinted that the first episode would include a nod to it.

Grammer’s portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane has left an indelible mark on television history. The original “Frasier” series won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in its first five seasons and finished its run with 37 Emmy Awards overall. The reboot aims to continue this legacy while introducing new characters and stories that reflect today’s diverse society.

As fans eagerly await the new series, Grammer’s reflections on his career and the evolution of “Frasier” offer a glimpse into the enduring appeal of the character and the show’s potential to resonate with a new generation of viewers.

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