Kelsey Grammer opens up about David Hyde Pierce’s decision to not return to the upcoming Frsierrevival Series on Paramount+. Hyde Pierce was the Emmy-winning Frasier Crane’s younger brother in the Emmy-winning cheers spinoff series.
Grammer stated that David had decided not to repeat the performance of Niles in an interview with People.
After Frasier was over, Hyde Pierce began a successful career in theater. Most recently, Hyde Pierce starred as Julia in the HBO Max series Julia.
Grammer stated that Hyde Pierce’s decision to not return has been a good one for the series’ storyline.
Grammer said that the interview took them to a funny place. It was actually what they had originally planned to do. It’s a completely new life for him.
Vulture previously stated that Hyde Pierce would not return to the revival series.
“The writing and the acting that went into those shows was a huge part of my life. I wouldn’t disrespect it in a manner that would suggest, “Oh, no, thank you.” He told Vulture that he would not do it again. It’s too valuable for me so I wouldn’t just do it. It can be done without me too, finding new stories, just like Cheers. To make a new show, they didn’t bring the Cheers crew along. While they did occasionally pop in, it was fun. But there was more to the story, and it had to be told in a different manner. Maybe they will find it and I’ll join them, or maybe they’ll discover it and they won’t need me to be there.
Grammer will be reprising his signature character, psychiatrist-turned-radio host Frasier Crane in the follow-up series. The new series will focus on Frasier Crane (Grammer’s) next chapter in another city. He will be surrounded with new characters. There are several original Frasier cast members who may make guest appearances.
Frasierran aired 11 seasons on NBC between 1993-2004, and won five Emmys for Best Comedy Series. The late David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee created the show. It was produced by Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. Frasier was the CBS Studios predecessor Paramount Network Television. It starred Grammer and Hyde Pierce as well as Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin.
The new Frasier is written by Chris Harris ( How I Met Your Mother) & Joe Cristalli( Life In Pieces), who co-exec produce the series with Grammer, Tom Russo, and Jordan McMahon. CBS Studios will produce the series in association with Grammer’s Grammnet NH Productions.