Goodnight, Seattle... and hello, Boston.
"Shooting in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles," a Feb. 1 announcement read, "the new series follows Frasier Crane in the next chapter of his life as he returns to Boston, Mass., with new challenges to face, new relationships to forge and an old dream or two to finally fulfill. Frasier has re-entered the building!"
The announcement also featured an image of Frasier's plane ticket revealing the new setting. It marks a familiar return for the character, who got his start in the same city in Cheers' third season premiere back in 1984. Grammer then went on to star in his own titular spinoff following the original show's conclusion in 1993.
Frasier ran for 11 seasons through 2004 and starred Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney and Dan Butler. Throughout its Seattle-set run, the NBC sitcom received a record-breaking 37 Emmys—including five back-to-back Outstanding Comedy Series wins and four for Grammer, himself.
While no one else from Cheers starred in the original Frasier, most of the main cast members did pop up as guest stars (aside from Kirstie Alley's Rebecca Howe), with Bebe Neuwirth's Lilith Sternin even becoming a recurring character. While mere speculation, perhaps the same could be true for the update due to the Boston connection.
The 2023 revival, which was officially picked up in October, will also star Nicholas Lyndhurst, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Anders Keith, Jess Salgueiro and Toks Olagundoye as a new set of characters, with Hollywood veteran James Burrows directing the first two episodes.
Grammer previously revealed his reaction to the new series' first episode, telling The Talk in July, "We're in the final stages of the final script for the first episode of Frasier, and it looks pretty good. I've had a couple of runs through it, and I cried. So, you know, I'm happy."
Prove you're a longtime listener when Frasier eventually returns on Paramount+.