Frasier was a spin-off from sitcom classic Cheers, following the life of the eponymous radio psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer).
One of the central characters featured is Frasier’s brother, Niles Crane, who is portrayed by Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce. Pierce claimed four Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award while playing Niles.
So, with news of a reboot underway, you might be wondering whether the psychiatrist is returning to our screens. Here’s what you need to know.
Which cast members are confirmed for the Frasier reboot?
In 2018, Deadline reported that Kelsey Grammer was fielding interest to develop a new Frasier series. And it appears that that has now become a reality. Grammer is now serving as executive producer and star of a new series of Frasier, following the radio psychiatrist’s shenanigans in a brand new city.
As of yet, Kelsey Grammer is the only confirmed cast member to be returning to the series as a regular. This is as the title character has upended his life in Seattle for a start elsewhere.
However, Deadline also reported that the original Frasier cast members are expected to return in guest appearances. So, while we might only encounter Niles and Daphne on occasion, they could well be in the reboot.
David Hyde Pierce opens up on the likeliness of Niles returning
Rumours about a potential Frasier reboot with Paramount have been swirling for over a year now. Back in June of this year, following his appearance in Julia, David Hyde Pierce spoke to Vulture about the idea of the series. And it sounded as if Pierce was uncertain about Niles presence in the reboot.
“I don’t have a strong feeling that there’s anything more that I can think of that I need to say about the character. But I’m not a writer. And I think if they came up with some way of telling the stories that intrigued me, then I might think, Oh, I could go back and do that. But in terms of my own drive and interest, no. I love those characters, but I don’t miss them,” Pierce told Vulture.
“There was something else that needed to be said, and it needed to be said in a different way. And maybe [the Frasier team] will find that and I’ll be in it, or maybe they’ll find it and they won’t need me to be in it,” he continued.
David believes Frasier reboot can ‘be done without’ Niles
In the Vulture interview, David Hyde Pierce also revealed that he believes the Frasier reboot can be made without Niles’ involvement in the story. “It can be done without me,” Pierce explained.
But it seems the Frasier fandom thinks differently to David Hyde Pierce. Fans of the sitcom said that Fraiser without Niles is like “tossed salad without scrambled eggs.”
Talking to NBC New York back in July 2021, Kelsey Grammer revealed that production had reached out to David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin but did not confirm whether they’d signed on. “It is my hope that everybody comes back… it’s a third act for everybody,” Grammer revealed to NBC.
What happened to David Hyde Pierce after Frasier?
David Hyde Pierce has been active in film and television since starring in Frasier. He has also been active in broadway productions, and started work on Spamalot shortly after Frasier. Pierce would next star on stage in Curtains, a performance which would earn Pierce a Tony Award.
In 2015, Pierce swapped treading the boards for a directorial role, as he directed the broadway musical It Shoulda Been You.
The past decade has seen David Hyde Pierce be more selective with roles. He starred as Frank Prady in legal drama The Good Wife from 2014-2015. This year saw Pierce undertake the role of Paul Cushing Child in Julia, a role previously portrayed by Stanley Tucci in Julie & Julia.
Pierce’s latest film in the works is The Georgetown Project, a horror thriller also featuring Russell Crowe, Sam Worthington, and singer Chloe Bailey.