Kelsey Grammer is reportedly working on a comeback for Frasier.
The actor is believed to have held meetings with writers to come up with ideas for a reboot of the show, probably set in a new city.
According to Deadline: “If the producers settle on a writer and a premise, the project could move beyond exploratory stage.”
No official comment has been made so far.
So here’s my comment:
If you’re going to bring back Frasier, then you have got to bring back Niles. And Daphne. And Roz. And a new Eddie. But mostly Niles.
You can’t have Frasier without Niles. It’s like Laurel without Hardy, Lennon without McCartney, Trump without Putin. It’s just not right.
For me, David Hyde Pierce’s Niles was always the standout character of Fraiser. He was as pompous and silly as his older brother, but he also had that softer side, particularly in his long unrequited love for Daphne. The show was never quite the same once they got together.
To further strengthen my argument, the greatest ever joke in The Simpsons involves Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce playing brothers. Cecil (Pierce’s character) is threatening to blow up the Springfield Dam when Bart jumps on his shoulders, covers his eyes and shouts “guess who?”
“Maris?” replies Cecil.
That two seconds makes me cry with laughter every time.
Anyway, while I would love to see Frasier back on TV, I would not love to see him without his sidekick.
I wouldn’t know what to do with that tossed salad and scrambled eggs.