Kelsey Grammer talks about David Hyde Pierce’s decision not to return to the upcoming Frasier revival series on Paramount+. Hyde Pierce played the younger brother of Grammer’s titular Frasier Crane on the Emmy-winning cheers spin off series.
“David actually decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating Niles’ performance,” Grammer told People in an interview.
After FrasierHyde Pierce went on to have a successful theater career, most recently starring in the HBO Max series Juliet.
Grammer said Hyde Pierce’s decision not to return actually worked out well in terms of the new series’ storyline.
“In a really funny way, it just took us to a new place, which is what we originally wanted to do anyway, what a Frasier third act,” Grammer told People in the interview. “It’s a whole new life for him.”
Hyde Pierce previously told Vulture that it’s not a given that he would return to the revival series.
“That whole time of my life, writing those shows, the actors I’ve worked with — all of that is very important to me. And I would never despise that in such a way that I casually say, ‘Oh, no, thanks. I’m not going to do that again.’ It’s too valuable for me,” he told Vulture. “But still, because it’s so valuable to me, I wouldn’t do it either, just do it. And I believe it can be done without me – finding new stories to tell, the same way Frasier did afterwards cheers. They have the cheers gang to create a new show. They came by from time to time and that was great, but there was something else that needed to be said, and it needed to be said in a different way. And maybe they like it and I’m in it, or maybe they like it and don’t need me for it.”
Grammer will reprise his signature character, psychiatrist and radio host Frasier Crane, in the sequel series. Details about the new series are not revealed, except that it focuses on Frasier Crane’s (Grammer) next chapter in a different city. He will be surrounded by new characters, with several original ones Frasier cast members are not expected to become series regulars, but may make cameo appearances.
Frasier ran on NBC for eleven seasons from 1993 to 2004 and won five Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series. Created by the late David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee and produced by Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. and CBS Studios predecessor, Paramount Network Television, Frasier starred Grammer, Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin and the late John Mahoney.
The new incarnation of Frasier comes from writers Chris Harris (How I met your mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life in pieces), who produce with Grammer, Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon. The series is produced by CBS Studios in association with Grammer’s Grammnet NH Productions.