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'Frasier' Reboot to Feature Anticipated Character—But It's Not Niles

‘Frasier’ Reboot to Feature Anticipated Character—But It’s Not Niles

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Fans of the iconic sitcom Frasier have something special to look forward to in Frasier 2.0 as a beloved character makes a return. Peri Gilpin, who played Roz Doyle, is set for more significant appearances in the upcoming season, following her guest spot in 2021.

Jeff Grossman, the Executive Vice President of Programming at Paramount, shared that viewers can expect to see familiar faces like Dan Butler, who portrayed sports radio host Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe, Edward Hibbert, and Harriet Sansom Harris, who played Frasier’s agent, Bebe Glazer.

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FRASIER, seated, from left: John Mahoney, Jane Leeves, with Eddie the Dog, Peri Gilpin; standing from left: Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Dan Butler, 1993-2004. ph: Gale M. Adler / ©NBC / courtesy Everett Collection

The announcement of a favorite character’s comeback has fans ablaze with speculation, primarily focusing on Niles and Daphne. However, it’s Harriet Sansom Harris’s character, Bebe Glazer, who is making waves. Though Bebe appeared in only 11 episodes of the original series, her character had a monumental impact on Dr. Frasier Crane’s life.

Season two won’t just hinge on returning characters; Patricia Heaton, Yvette Nicole Brown, Amy Sedaris, and Greer Grammer are also set to guest star. Regular faces such as Toks Oladunjoye, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Anders Keith, and Jess Salgueiro will continue to grace the screen.

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FRASIER, Kelsey Grammer, Harriet Sansom Harris, 1993-2004, (c)NBC/courtesy Everett Collection

After two decades off the air, Kelsey Grammer felt the time was right to bring Frasier back to life. While the idea initially met mixed reactions, the reboot explores Dr. Crane’s life after he moves back to Boston. Grammer has described Frasier 2.0 as a love story, showcasing a new facet of Dr. Crane’s life.

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FRASIER, from left: Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, 1993-2004. ph: Andrew Eccles / ©NBC / courtesy Everett Collection

However, the revival comes with some disappointments. David Hyde Pierce, who played the central character Niles Crane, has decided not to return. Pierce felt he had moved on from the sitcom and that the new and old cast members could carry the show forward. Grammer, although disappointed, adjusted the script to accommodate Niles’s absence, ensuring the storyline remains cohesive.

Source: Various sources