Star and producer Kelsey Grammer opens up about how he saved Frasier’s upcoming Paramount+ reboot from being unnecessarily dark and depressing.
Kelsey Grammer reveals he had to bail out Fraser Revival from being unnecessarily dark. Aside from starring as Frasier Crane, the actor has also been leading the effort to get the critically acclaimed sitcom back on the airwaves. For this reason, Grammer was also creatively involved in crafting the Fraser revived, and he has some very interesting stories about the whole process.
On his last appearance CBS MorningGrammer opened up about having to save a file Fraser The revival from being unnecessarily dark as the writers struggled to break the story right for Frasier’s fourth post-Chicago chapter. Watch the full interview below:
It’s no secret that File Fraser The revival was stuck in developmental limbo for years. There were problems with the casting, especially since the rest of the original cast turned down the project. Aside from that, Grammer also basically admits that they had problems nailing the tone of the reboot saying:
“Listen, if we’re going to kill off this character,” I just got a bunch of notes about what they thought the show should be, David wrote. [Stapf]And I said “If we’re going to kill off this character, let me do it.” they [notes] It was awful. They were going the wrong way at the time, you know, with good intentions. I finally said, “Look, let’s kill her now” and he said, “No, no. Sorry. Yeah, we get it, it’s supposed to be funny.”
Frasier’s revival doesn’t need to be dark to be successful
As with cheersAnd Fraser Filmed in front of a live studio audience. Therefore, it was easy for NBC to determine if the comedy resonated with viewers. Despite being a sitcom, it has never shied away from tackling more serious issues. In fact, his unique tone was one of the reasons he became such a beloved character and fan favorite.
Given this, Paramount+’s revival doesn’t need to be as edgy and dark in order to succeed as the original show. Instead, it needs to build on the tried and tested tone of the original sitcom with Fraser New revive team. Admittedly, it will be difficult to exactly replicate its predecessor due to its new group and modern frame. Still, if the reboot can strike the perfect balance between tackling universal themes like family relationships and incorporating slapstick comedy, there’s a good chance the next endeavor will be successful.
Only time will tell if the revival will resonate with audiences the same way the original show did. But, for what it’s worth, Grammer seems to know what to go for Fraser Revival of success. At the very least, the fact that they’re drawing inspiration from Frasier and Martin Crane’s relationship suggests the reboot is going to be both funny and disturbing.
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Source: CBS Mornings