Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier reboot is low rent, lacks lavish sets, has Z-list writers and producers and NONE of the old cast, insiders claim
- Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier sequel series is reportedly low-budget, lacking in lavish sets and helmed by z-list writers and producers, sources said
- Although Grammer will reprise his role as Dr. Frasier Crane, none of his old cast mates will return after a fallout with David Hyde Pierce
- Insiders said Pierce, who played Fraiser’s little brother Niles, demanded a bigger role and money, leading to the show starring a whole new cast in a new city
- While Grammer is serving as executive producer, the writing is being led by two men with a lackluster portfolio
- Sources said Grammer believes his star power alone will bring back fans to the reboot, which is set to premier on Paramount+, likely in 2023
The long-anticipated Frasier sequel could leave fans disappointed over missing cast members, Z-list writers and producers and a lack of lavish sets.
Insiders familiar with the new show, helmed by Kelsey Grammer as he reprises his role as Dr. Frasier Crane, claimed the set was running on a low-budget with novice actors and writers, RadarOnline reports.
‘With the Paramount+ Frasier reboot, you’re getting the actor you know and love in his most famous role, but you’re not getting much else,’ the sources said. ‘There will be no lavish sets and none of the beloved faces fans held dear. Even the writers and producers are Z-list.’
The alleged troubles come just months after Grammer, 67, announced that the reboot was greenlit by Paramount+, with the beloved actor serving as the executive producer.
Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier sequel series is reportedly low rent, lacking in lavish sets and helmed by Z-list writers and producers
Only Grammer is set to reprise his role as Dr. Frasier Crane, with his fellow co-stars reportedly cut after a fall out with David Hyde Pierce (second from the right) who played Frasier’s little brother, Niles, one the show’s most popular characters
The 90s saw Grammer propel to nationwide fame on the Cheers spin-off series, Frasier, with the actor reportedly in talks for years to try and revive the show.
However, Grammer is set to be the only returning original cast member after David Hyde Pierce, who played Fraiser’s little brother Niles, is said to have demanded a larger role in the reboot and more pay.
‘David has become a huge star on Broadway,’ a source told RadarOnline. ‘He doesn’t need the show, so he decided to leverage his appearance to the hilt. In the end, he overplayed his hand and lost.’
The fallout with Niles led to the show scrapping a big reunion scene and instead opting to move Dr. Frasier out of his Seattle hometown to a new city with a brand new cast.
‘They were all excited about coming back and were devastated when they found it wouldn’t be happening,’ an insider told the outlet.
The missing big-name actors are accompanied by a lack of seasoned writers, as the show’s chief scribes are Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli.
Both writers have short profiles on IMDB, with Harris previously working on How I Met Your Mother and David Letterman.
Cristalli’s best known work is Life In Pieces, a canceled CBS sitcom starring Colin Hanks, the son of famed actor Tom Hanks.
Despite the lack of big names attached to the show, sources said Kelsey is hoping his charm along will see long-time fans return.
‘Kelsey’s bet is he’ll be enough to attract a big audience,’ one insider said. ‘The reboot will have all of those delicious one-liners that made him so famous to begin with.’
The lead writers on the Frasier reboot are Chris Harris (left) and Joe Cristalli (right). Harris previously worked on How I Met Your Mother and Letterman, while Cristalli’s biggest work was on the canceled CBS sitcom Life In Pieces
Sources said Grammer believes his star power alone will bring back fans to the reboot. Pictured: Grammer accepting an Emmy during the last season of the old show in 2004
Along with a missing Niles, one of the original show’s most popular characters, Frasier’s father, Martin, also won’t be returning.
Martin was played by John Mahoney, who died aged 77 in a Chicago hospice in February 2018 due to complications from throat cancer.
Also missing from the reboot will be Jane Leeves, who played Daphne Moon, and Peri Gilpin, who played Roz Doyle.
Their absence, Grammer said, will be dealt with on the show.
‘We’ll certainly be responsive about the fact that there was a brother and such. But the new world for Frasier is one of new friendships — and some new twists and turns he didn’t know were still in there,’ Grammer said in October.
Paramount+ confirmed the reboot had been in development in February 2021, with Grammer announcing last July that the scripting was underway.
It is currently unclear when the show will air, but it was previously estimated that it would land on the streaming service this year. It also remains unknown how many episodes are in production.
The original series amassed 37 Emmy Awards over 11 seasons spanning 1993-2004.
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