Kelsey Grammer recently revealed the Cheers co-star he would most like to see appear on his Frasier reboot. Of course, the revival has already featured original series stars like Bebe Neuwirth and Peri Gilpin.
Grammer gushed about reuniting with Neuwirth, who portrays Lilith, Frasier’s former spouse. “She’s such a talented woman and so much fun to work with. So, it’s like falling off a log. She’s great,” he recently told Entertainment Tonight.
In the season finale of Frasier revival, Grammer’s character feels down as he commemorates his first Christmas after losing his father, Martin Crane (the late John Mahoney). To uplift his spirits, Roz, Frasier’s friend and former radio producer, visits him.
However, this may not be the last we see of Gilpin’s Roz. “I hope that we can actually find a bit more action for her in the subsequent seasons,” Grammer explained. “Assuming that we have them — and I really can’t understand why we wouldn’t.”
Additionally, Niles (David Hyde Pierce), Frasier’s brother, and Daphne (Jane Leeves), his sister-in-law, may make a comeback. The revival already has a natural path for this to happen. Their son, David (Anders Keith), attends Harvard and often visits Frasier and his son, Freddy (Jack Cutmore-Scott). “It would make sense that [Pierce and Leeves] might come by if they feel like coming by,” Grammer admitted. “We’re not gonna force that, but they’re certainly part of it. They’re waiting in the wings.”
In the premiere of the original series, Frasier trades Boston for Seattle after his Cheers appearance. Dr. Crane lands a job as a radio host and bonds with his father, who moves in with him. But in the new Frasier, after talk show triumphs, our protagonist heads back to Boston. He becomes a professor and tries to reconnect with his estranged son, Freddy.
Kelsey Grammer Picks His Most Wanted ‘Cheers’ Character to Appear on the New ‘Frasier’
Naturally, fans would love to see other Cheers castmates return for the revival, especially since it’s set in Boston. Grammer himself has a particular Cheers actress in mind to appear in a possible season two.
“Frasier has to come to terms with the fact that he failed at love — I think that’s one of his big arcs for this,” Grammer reasoned. “I think some of that would be sort of a foundational rapprochement with Shelley Long, with Diane, so I think that’d be a really cool thing.”
Long portrayed Diane Chambers, the barmaid on Cheers for its first five seasons. She had a knack for stirring up both romantic trouble and drinks. Diane was torn between Frasier and Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson. In a classic twist, she left Frasier at the altar to reunite with Sam, only to find out that their love story didn’t quite have a happy ending either.
Of course, Long appeared on the original run of Frasier. However, Grammer believes there’s uncharted territory to explore with the character. “She came back for Frasier, and it was very funny, but she was sort of lost in sort of a delusional haze there,” Grammer recalled.
“It’d be neat to see her having evolved into a new kind of person who’s more comfortable in their own skin,” he added. “To see the two of them face to face [to acknowledge that] we did mean something to each other, and god bless you — that’d be kind of a neat thing to see.”
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