During an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Kelsey Grammer shared details about the upcoming Frasier reboot, including more information on what the revival will focus on and a timeframe of when it will hit the air.
“We’ve got it hatched. We’ve hatched the plan, what we think is the right way to go,” Grammer said to host Graham Bensinger. “We’re sort of on standby a little bit. Working out a couple of possible network deals that we’re circling. Frasier is sort of in a second position to that at this point. So there’s still stuff going on. But a revisit to Frasier, Frasier’s world is I think definitely going to come.”
Grammer played as Dr. Frasier Crane on the hit NBC series that ran for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004. Although the actor didn’t reveal too many details about the reboot during the sit-down interview, Grammer did mention the series will take place in a different city and will focus on Frasier’s ongoing saga of finding love.
“We’ll see how people respond to it because it’s not going to be the same place, it’s not going to be Seattle. It’s not going to be the same Frasier — it’s going to be the man in his next iteration. Hopefully that’ll be something people like watching. But I think it’ll be funny,” Grammer said.
“It’s still his search for love, for one thing. I think that’ll always go on with Frasier. But a connection with his son,” the actor added.
According to Grammer, the reboot should be ready to air by next year.
“Airtime? Probably late summer next year, I would guess,” Grammer said to Bensinger. “It’s ready to go. We just gotta sort of staff it and find somebody that wants to give us money for it.”
In August 2018, when asked about a possible Frasier reboot, Grammer told the Today show that he was “talking to some writers about it,” and mentioned that “the odds right now are probably about 40-60.”
“We’ll see,” he continued, describing that the show was still in the development process. “We’ve listened to a couple of takes, we have a couple of ideas that might work out.”
When Grammer talked to PEOPLE Now in February, “Grammer said that he was listening to a few pitches from writers, but was planning to make a move within the ‘next month or two.'”
Until now, Grammer said he couldn’t quite see himself portraying the character again.
“Part of it was the Roseanne revival. … When Murphy Brown came back … and when Will & Grace came back, I thought, well, it would be worth it,” Grammer said to Bensinger about his willingness to do a reboot. “I’ve always wanted to be honest. I didn’t think Frasier should be in exactly the same place as he was 12 years ago. So we’ve changed that.”
“The idea that there might be another act in his life, because certainly his life is,” he revealed about his appeal to return to the show. “People used to ask, ‘Could you have done it for more time?’ And I say well yeah, because life is always surprising. People go on. You get up the next day, it’s a different life, isn’t it? And so I thought you could always tell stories about that.”
Grammer also touched on the series original and how it ended “on a high,” but said he’s ready for more now.
“We just ended it because that’s where contracts were up and 11 seasons seemed like the right kind of amount of time for it to be on the air. And so we ended on a high and what we thought was a good storypoint to end on and a hopeful stepping off place. All those things were enough to propel him into a new kind of life,” the actor said. “And so this new idea would be based upon the fact that he was still alive.”