Kelsey Grammer Explains Why David Hyde Pierce Won’t Be in ‘Frasier’ Revival


Kelsey Grammer brings back Dr. Frasier Crane.

He’s doing a revival of his hit series “Frasier,” which originally aired on NBC from 1993 to 2004.

He told People magazine that rehearsals would begin in February for the show which had been in development “for about six or seven years.”

“He’s been on the slow burner,” Grammer said. “We were like, that’s not a bad idea. That might be a good idea!”

He said the plan had been to bring back the original cast for the revival, which is set to air on Paramount+. John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s father, Martin Crane, died in 2018.

Grammer said David Hyde Pierce chose not to return as Frasier’s brother.

“David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating Niles’ performance,” Grammer said.

That’s not a bad thing, he said.

“In a really fun way, it just took us to a new place, which is what we originally wanted to do anyway, which was a third act of Frasier,” Grammer said. “It’s a whole new life for him.”

The new show will honor characters who aren’t there, he said.

“We will certainly be sensitive to the fact that there was a brother and such,” Grammer said. “But the new world for Frasier is one of new friendships – and new twists he didn’t know were still there.”

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