The 'Frasier' Reboot is Already Depressing

News of a potential Frasier reboot recently hit the internet like a sherry-soaked bomb. Despite the fact that between the original show and Cheers, there are literally hundreds of hours of Dr. Frasier Crane's antics on record, people are seemingly thrilled at the potential for Frasier to join the zombie horde of reanimated '90s sitcoms, along with Full House, Murphy Brown, and whatever the hell they're calling Roseanne these days.

While no details have been released, Kelsey Grammer did offer some of his ideas for the reboot. And they're ... kind of a bummer, to be honest.

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Fans likely remember that the series originally ended with radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane packing up and leaving Seattle to start a new life with his girlfriend Charlotte (Laura Linney) in Chicago. We finally got a happy ending for a character whose romances were ruined by farce and hijinks on a weekly basis.

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When asked what Dr. Crane would be up to today, rather than simply answer "podcasting" and move on, Grammer suggested that after Frasier "left to go be with his lady love," she "probably didn't stay with him." Which is kind of a sad detail to casually tack onto your series finale. That's like if Jon Hamm went around telling people that Don Draper tripped and fell off that cliff minutes after Mad Men ended.

Adding to the reboot's depression factor, John Mahoney, who played Martin Crane, passed away this year. Meaning the new show either has to kill off Frasier's dad or try to replace him, which is way harder than simply popping by the Humane Society to grab a new Eddie.

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Grammer also mentioned that while the show wouldn't be set in Chicago, he didn't want Frasier to go back to Seattle and be with his family because it "would be silly." So instead of taking in an opera with Niles, presumably Frasier 2.0 will just travel the country like a heartbroken Incredible Hulk, eventually ending up as a short-order cook at roadside diner, making literal tossed salad and scrambled eggs.

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