Frasier team had no idea who Only Fools and Horses star was
Frasier fans, the wait is almost over as the reboot is set to premiere in exactly one month, with a teaser promising ‘all new hang-ups’.
Kelsey Grammer will be reprising his role as everyone’s favorite radio shrink, while Peri Gilpin and Bebe Neuwirth are briefly set to return as Roz Doyle and Lilith Sternin respectively.
David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves are not said to be coming back to the fold as Niles Crane and Daphne Moon, but Nicholas Lyndhurst, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Toks Olagundoye and Jess Salgueiro have joined the star-studded cast.
The revival will see the doctor returning to Boston many years after he left Cheers, and is kicking off with a double bill on Paramount+ on October 12, with episodes also airing on CBS.
Lifting the lid on what we can expect, Jeff Greenberg – who served as casting director for Cheers, Frasier and the new reboot – heaped praise on Nicholas’ stint as Alan.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk ahead of the 30-year anniversary of the spin-off, he told us: ‘It was really exciting. My history is so ingrained in the whole project. There’s three people that worked on Cheers, Frasier and now the new Frasier – Kelsey Grammer, Jim Burrows [director], and me.
‘I’m very invested in the whole life of Frasier Crane. I personally was a bit misty eyed, because there’s just such history there. It went great, Kelsey slipped right into the park as if he never stopped. Like riding a bike, he was Frasier again.’
‘The cast is just outstanding, and every one of them really stepped up and did a great job,’ he continued, before hailing the Only Fools and Horses icon.
‘I’ve never worked with [Nicholas] before and don’t really know his work as well as everyone in the UK. He is a revelation, he is so fantastic. He is really outstanding in this part, he is truly hilarious.
‘I really wasn’t as familiar with him as I could have been, and he just bowled me over. He’s just incredible.’
Jeff has been in charge of casting every speaking role on all three comedies, and revealed that thousands sent their tapes in to be a part of Frasier’s present-day story – with more than 7,000 for just one role alone.
Detailing the upcoming episodes, he described it as the ‘third act of Frasier’s story’, explaining: ‘In each iteration, it’s Frasier surrounded by a colorful group of people in his life with a certain job. And this one’s no different.
‘It’s going to be all new people. Kelsey Grammer is the only holdover from the last Frasier. He’ll be around all new people in his life, and he’ll have a different job.
‘What I can tell you is, the original Frasier, the impetus of that whole story was Frasier reconnecting with his father, because they had a bad relationship and Frasier really wanted to make it work. This story, the starting point is Frasier wanting to do that with his son.
‘They have a bad relationship and Frasier wants to be a better father, the way he wanted to be a better son in the last one.’
Frasier premieres on October 12 on Paramount+.
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