It appears as though Frasier Crane has finally re-entered the building he left almost two decades ago as news that the long-awaited Paramount+ sequel to Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier series has been given an premiere date of 12 October for the 10-part series. This time, however, the building is in Boston where the character had originated in Cheers but with “new challenges to face, new relationships to forge and an old dream or two to finally fulfill”.
Nicholas Lyndhurst (Butterflies, Only Fools and Horses, After You’ve Gone, Goodnight Sweetheart, New Tricks) will portray Alan Cornwall, a new character from Frasier’s past. Described as “Frasier’s old college buddy turned university professor, Cornwall is British, he’s boozy, and he’s larger than life. Sporting an intellect on par with Frasier’s, he is insecure about and reluctant to use.
According to Variety, plot details from producers have revealed that “Alan’s mischievous streak might be just what Frasier could use to shake up his routine, while Frasier’s thoughtful guidance might help Alan find some of the direction he’s been missing in his own life.”
By joining the cast, Lyndhurst will be reunited with Grammer as both starred together in Man of La Mancha for the English National Opera at the London Coliseum. In addition to Lyndhurst, Kelsey Grammer, who played Seattle radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane, will be joined by Toks Olagundoye as Olivia, Alan’s colleague and head of the university’s psychology department, The Expanse star Jess Salgueiro as Freddy’s roommate, Eve, and Anders Keith as Frasier’s nephew David.
The original series, which ended in 2004 after 11 seasons, starred David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin, none of whom are currently attached to the revival. John Mahoney, who played Martin Crane, passed away in 2018.