Frasier reboot: Jane Leeves says she won’t leave current TV show to join sitcom revival

Revival of classic Nineties sitcom was officially announced this week

Adam White@__adamwhite
Thursday 25 February 2021 09:32
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Kelsey Grammer says Frasier reboot will feature major changes

Jane Leeves has said she won’t leave her current TV show to join the Frasier reboot.

On Wednesday (24 February), a revival of the classic sitcom was announced for the new US streaming service Paramount+.

Kelsey Grammer will reprise his role as psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane in the reboot, but it is unclear whether the show’s other cast members, which include Leeves, David Hyde Pierce and Peri Gilpin, will also return.

Leeves played Frasier’s housekeeper Daphne on the series, who doubled as the physical therapist for Frasier’s father Martin (John Mahoney). Mahoney died in 2018.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly on 17 February, Leeves said she had no intention of leaving the US medical drama series The Resident to film the then-rumoured Frasier reboot. Leeves has played an orthopaedic surgeon on the show since 2018.

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“I won’t be leaving The Resident to do that if it happens,” Leeves said. “There’s a lot of pieces that have to come together to make [the revival] happen.”

Leeves also said she believed the reboot would be “a long way away”, indicating she has not been involved in plans for the series.

Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce and Kelsey Grammer in Frasier

The Frasier reboot had been rumoured for several years before it was officially announced on Wednesday.

Paramount+, which debuts in the US on 4 March, will also be the home of a number of reboots and movie spin-offs.

TV series inspired by Fatal Attraction, Flashdance and The Italian Job have been announced so far, along with a computer-generated revival of Rugrats that has been dubbed “f***ing horrifying”.

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