Frasier reboot confirms return of classic character

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26 Apr 2023, 13:20

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If you weren’t already excited enough about the Frasier reboot, a fan-favourite character from the original series is returning.

With the titular character, played by Kelsey Grammer, coming back for the new Paramount+ series, it has been revealed that actor Peri Gilpin will also be back as a guest star. Peri played the iconic Roz Doyle, who was Frasier’s no-nonsense radio producer. 

It is not known at this stage how Roz will fit into the new series, as the narrative will see psychiatrist Frasier build a new life away from Seattle. Judging by a tweet from Paramount+, which shows a plane ticket from Seattle to Boston, it seems likely that Dr Crane might be heading back to his old stomping ground. 

The character of Frasier, of course, originated in the sitcom Cheers, which was set in a bar in Boston. 

Paramount+ confirmed the return of Roz in a tweet, saying: “We've missed you, Roz. ❤️🎧 Peri Gilpin is returning to guest star in an episode of #Frasier.”

Along with Roz and Frasier, another former cast member, Bebe Neuwirth, will be back as Dr Lilith Sternin, who is the radio star’s ex-wife. Lilith was also in Cheers.

The reboot won’t feature Frasier’s brother Niles, as Grammer previously explained that David Hyde Pierce “wasn’t really interested in repeating the performance”. Sadly, John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s dad Martin, passed away in 2018.

There will be other familiar faces in the new series though, playing new characters. Only Fools and Horses legend Nicholas Lyndhurst will play Alan Cornwall, Frasier's old college friend, and The Boys' Jess Salgueiro will play Eve, who is a roommate of Frasier and Lilith's son Freddy, who will be portrayed by Jack Cutmore-Scott.

Little else is know about the new series, although a synopsis says, “Frasier is off to a different city with new challenges to face, new relationships to forge, and an old dream or two to finally fulfil. Frasier has re-entered the building!”

The original series ran from 1993 to 2004, and set the record for the most Emmy Awards for a scripted comedy, with an impressive 37.