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‘Frasier’ Reboot Creators Tease Possible Cameos from ‘Cheers’ Stars

‘Frasier’ Reboot Creators Tease Possible Cameos from ‘Cheers’ Stars

The Frasier reboot hit screens last week, and fans have been loving it, which means it could enjoy a few seasons. Does that mean there will be time for cameos from our favorite Cheers stars?

For those of you who don’t know, Frasier is a spinoff of the Ted Danson classic that aired from 1982 to 1993. The snobbish psychiatrist was one of the Boston bar’s regulars back in the day. When the character got his own show in 1993, he was living in Seattle, hosting a call-in therapy radio show. Despite being more than 3,000 miles from his old pals at cheers, many of the characters made appearances throughout the series’ 11 seasons, including Danson. 

Naturally, people want to know if the original characters will visit Frasier in his new series. He is living in Boston again, after all. So far, one actress has confirmed that she will appear in at least one episode, Bebe Neuwirth, who played Frasier’s ex-wife, Lillith. We’ll also see an original castmate from the Seattle days, Peri Gilpin, who played Roz. As for everyone else, maybe. 

While chatting with Variety, creators Joe Cristalli and Chris Harris were clear about one thing—they weren’t going to rely on old faces to make their new series a success. So, the only way they’ll bring back Cheers and Frasier characters is if they seamlessly fit into the story. 

“I can’t wait to bring back Bebe Glaser or Gil or Bulldog. Niles, if he’ll do it, or Daphne,” said Cristalli. “Anybody that wants to would be great. Just as long as it feels organic to the story and isn’t just a shameless, ‘Hey, look, it’s Bulldog!’”

Frasier May Visit ‘Cheers’ While He’s in Town

As for the actual bar, Frasier’s in town, so he’ll have the opportunity to stop in for a drink. But don’t get your hopes up. If he visits, it won’t be right away.

“Hopefully it gets to a place where he can do it. I would love to see Norm and Sam,” continued Cristalli. “How great would that be?

Unfortunately, Harris had some less enthusiastic notes on that. 

“We’re sort of conscious about not seeming like we’re just trying to grab anything from the past and cram it into our show just as a way to get people to cheer or get people to watch. Frasier has mixed feelings about returning to Boston,” he said. “He’s there for his son. And he knows he has some unfinished business there.”

Frasier has only just begun. The first two episodes hit Paramount Plus last Thursday. The rest of Season 1 will drop every Thursday. So, we’ll have to wait and see if Cristalli and Harris find ways to get the Cheers crew back together.