Rumors of a Frasier reboot began swirling in 2018 after Deadline reported Kelsey Grammer was in talks with CBS TV Studios about the project. The idea was that he would reprise his title character, with the action taking place in a whole new city. The original was a hit in its day and set a record by winning more Emmy Awards than any other scripted series. As far as reboots go, it was a given that was guaranteed to draw an audience.
But Grammer wasn’t interested in moving too fast or even going ahead with the idea if the new version of “Frasier” wasn’t going to be spectacular. At a Television Critics Association press tour in 2018, he warned reporters, “Unless it’s a great show and we don’t hear a pitch that hits them out of the park, it probably won’t happen, according to Yahoo! finance.
By 2019, Grammer was speaking to writers, hearing ideas, and hinting at storylines, including one in which his television son, Frederick (Trevor Einhorn), ends up as an easygoing adult who is more closely associated with Martin Crane than his neurotic father, per Today. And in 2021, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that a “Frasier” reboot was finally greenlit to Paramount+.
If Grammer was good at it – and he was – it could only mean that he had found the right reason to move forward. And in 2022, he revealed what that was when The Talk host Akbar Gbajabiamila asked Grammer to name the key ingredient in the show’s success. Smiling, Grammer didn’t hesitate. “The key ingredient to the ‘Frasier’ reboot is actually Frasier, honestly,” he said (via Deadline). “It’s me. I’m the key.”