“We have to make sure it’s going to be a great show,” Grammer told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press, where he was promoting his new Fox series “Proven Innocent.” “If it’s not a great show and we don’t hear a pitch that really hits it out of the park, it probably won’t happen.”
News broke last week that Grammer and CBS Television Studios were currently meeting with writers to hear pitches for the potential revival. A spin-off of “Cheers,” the original series, which ran for 11 seasons, ended in 2004 with Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) flying from his Seattle hometown to Chicago to surprise Charlotte (Laura Linney). It’s unclear if any of the other actors from the original would be involved (John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s father, Martin, died in February).
Should the project move forward, the next step would be finding a home for it. Though “Cheers” and “Frasier” aired on NBC, Grammer, who won four Emmys for the role, thinks the Peacock “might not be interested,” so CBS TV Studios would have to shop it elsewhere.
But that’s still way down the hypothetical road. If the project doesn’t come into fruition, that’s perfectly fine with Grammer too. “I have a wonderful life,” he says. “I played Frasier for 20 years. It might happen again, it might not.”