Kelsey Grammer Explains Why David Hyde Pierce Won’t Be In ‘Frasier’ Revival


Kelsey Grammer brings Dr. Frasier Crane back.

He’s doing a revival of his hit series “Frasier,” which originally ran on NBC from 1993-2004.

He said rehearsals for People magazine begin in February for the show, which has been “about six or seven years” in development.

“It was on the slow burner,” Grammer said. “We thought it wasn’t a bad idea. Maybe that’s a good idea!”

He said the plan was to bring back the original cast for the revival, which was set to stream on Paramount+. John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s father Martin Crane, died in 2018.

Grammer said that David Hyde Pierce decided to return as Frasier’s brother.

“David basically decided he wasn’t interested in repeating Niles’ performance,” Grammer said.

That’s not a bad thing, he said.

“In a very fun way, it just took us to a new place, which is what we originally wanted to do anyway, which was the third act of Frasier,” Grammer said. “It’s a whole new life for him.

The new show will honor characters who aren’t there, he said.

“We’re definitely going to respond to the fact that there was a brother and stuff,” Grammer said. “But the new world for Frasier is one of new friendships — and some new twists he didn’t know were still there.”

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