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Kelsey Grammer Says Two Conservative Sitcom Icons Inspired ‘Frasier’ Revival

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Kelsey Grammer discussed his decision to join the “Frasier” reboot, citing inspiration from Tim Allen and Roseanne Barr’s successful returns to television.

He expressed his desire to prove the enduring appeal of the character and the show, emphasizing the potential for new stories.

Grammer also detailed his collaboration with showrunners to create the revival and his belief that the character of Frasier still has compelling stories to tell. (Trending: Disgraced Democrat Sued For Sexual Assault)

Grammer, 68, originated the role of therapist Dr. Frasier Crane during his stint on “Cheers” from 1984 to 1993. He in the hit sitcom’s spinoff series “Frasier” for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004.

Paramount+ started a reboot of “Frasier” after nearly 20 years.

“I wanted to prove to myself and to other people, of course, that Frasier was still interesting and still watchable and still funny,” Grammer said.

“Those were important parts of it. But also, I thought there were more stories to tell about this character because there’s more stories to tell in our own lives.”

“The fact that Tim was still on a show and then started another show, ‘Last Man Standing,’ I thought, ‘Son of a gun. He knows how to do it, man,’” Grammer said.

“He’s one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met in my life. He and Robin Williams. Those are the two — I think the two funniest people ever lived. And I consider that high praise, indeed.”

“And I would lavish Tim in praise,” he added. “I would. I think he’s just a magnificent character and person and performer and comedian.”

Grammer mentioned that Barr “ran into a little bit of trouble,” but “life happens.”

“Maybe we’re a little silly about all this stuff,” he said. “But she is a great exemplar of comedy, of an ability to make people laugh, that you still think, ‘You know what, people always want to laugh.’

“And so I started to think, ‘Yeah, it’s time.’ Frasier certainly is as interesting as the Roseanne character or any number of other shows. And I thought, we can find a way for this to happen. And we had a sort of ripe field to harvest as we always thought it would be a reflection of the relationship between me and my father, between me and my son. So that was always going to bookend things. And that was the foundational principle we talked to other writers about.”

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