Why I’m Happy ‘Frasier’ Could (Finally) Be Making Its Return to TV
In a world, where we'll take any good news that we can get, this an unexpected awesomely happy surprise. One of my favorite TV shows of all time may be coming back.
"Fraiser" could be making its return on Paramount+. The show began as a spin-off from Cheers as Dr. Frasier Crane moved from Boston to Seattle to start a new life. The story about a psychiatrist turned radio host ran from 1993 to 2004 and won over 35 Primetime Emmy Awards including five wins in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series.
There are many reasons why I love this show so much. 1) It's a show about a guy that's on the radio. 2) It's one of the best written and acted shows ever to reach the boob tube.
One year, I was given two Frasier first draft scripts "You Scratch My Book" and "An Affair to Forget." I'm such a Frasier fan/geek that I get my scripts out and follow along when those episodes appear on the Hallmark Channel. I enjoy seeing how much the episodes ended up going in a different direction and how much ad-libbing was done.
I love the show so much, that when they were offering genuine Frasier mugs to promote their final season, I got one and it's still my cup of choice when I have my coffee at home.
The show ended with Frasier flying away from Seattle to begin a new life in a new city and left the possibility of returning someday. I had given up hope but my "someday" may be coming almost "any day" now.
I've had the opportunity to interview many stars throughout my radio career but #1 for me was when I had the chance to chat with John Mahoney. He played Fraiser's dad on the show but he also played the father to Ione Skye's character Diane Court in the 1989 movie "Say Anything."
In 2009, 20th Century Fox released a special 20th-year anniversary DVD and Mahoney was making the radio rounds on the telephone. When I was asked if I was interested in talking to him, I JUMPED at the chance.
I didn't get much sleep the night before the interview because I was going to talk to one of the main character's from my favorite show "Fraiser." When it was time for the "Say Anything" interview, we only talked about the movie.
However, I was able to tell him (before we went on the air), how much I enjoyed his character and writing on Frasier. Unfortunately, John Mahoney passed in 2018 and it'll be interesting how they address his character if the show comes back in a Frasier revival series.
My biggest worry is that the reboot won't be as good as the original. The writing was so good and it still holds up when you watch it today. TVLine is reporting that there are talks between Frasier star Talks Kelsey Grammer and CBS studios to bring the show back.
In 2021, when it seems that there isn't much to look forward to, it's great to know that Dr. Frasier Crane could be singing about Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs again.