On a night for reunions at the Emmy Awards, the cast from Cheers gathered together around the famed bar for some fun. Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, and George Wendt made appearances during Monday night’s ceremony.
Show host Anthony Anderson made the introduction of the Cheers crew as the panels were removed.
“Anthony, thank you for getting us all here,” Danson said. “Ah, this feels so nice to be here in front of all of you, thank you.”
“Ted, don’t you just think about it as a long overdue class reunion, huh?” Ratzenberger said. “Being together brings back some great memories from (the) show we’re all very proud of.”
Perlman then asked for an envelope to present an Emmy. That was Wendt’s cue to walk on stage with that envelope. It was for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. Christopher Storer of The Bear won that along with an Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy, too.
Storer was not present at the ceremony. Meanwhile, cast members not there included Shelley Long and Woody Harrelson. Kirstie Alley died in 2022.
‘Cheers’ Plays Big Role In ‘Must-See TV’
When Cheers was on NBC, it was one of the strongest parts of “Must-See TV.” The show aired for 11 seasons between 1982 to 1993. It followed the antics of this community of people who gathered at this Boston bar. Danson played Sam Malone, a former Major League Baseball player who now oversees the bar. Nicholas Colasanto played Coach Ernie Pantusso, a close confidante and friend to Malone. Colasanto died in 1985, which led to Harrelson joining the show’s cast.
Grammer added to the charm of Cheers with his portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane. Ultimately, Frasier left Boston for Seattle and his radio show. Additionally, Grammer had his spinoff TV show simply titled Frasier.
It’s worth noting that NBC almost canceled Cheers after its first season. The reason? Low ratings. But the network stuck with the show and it showed a big rebound in Season 2. The show won numerous Emmy Awards as did cast members.
Reunions Were Part Of Emmy Awards Plans
Other TV shows like Martin, Ally McBeal, The Sopranos, Grey’s Anatomy, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia were involved in the reunion energy. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler popped up for a Weekend Update reunion from Saturday Night Live. The audience got a kick out of seeing some of these famous faces getting new attention. Ahead of the show, Anderson talked about the reunion tributes that were a part of the Emmy Awards.
“We are paying tribute to iconic shows that have changed the scope of television and entertainment by being on the air,” Anderson said, according to People. “We’re going to be paying homage to them, having a lot of cast members come back as themselves, as these characters, and there’s going to be a little interchange between me and them on the sets of their shows.”
Cheers is shown in reruns these days. The show can be found on the Sitcom Legends channel on Pluto TV.
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