I'm gonna let you in on little secret that I feel has been out there for quite a while and some of you probably had assumptions about, if you were paying attention. Now I'm sure there might be some of you who are a bit shocked by this but I'm doing this because times have changed and what might have been a bit taboo when I was a teenager, has become a lot more socially acceptable now.
If this concerns you, I just ask that you understand and try to see past the label but...here we go.
I'm...a huge nerd.
See, back in 2004 when everyone was talking about the series finale of Friends and how it was going to be this enormous moment in television history...I couldn't even be bothered to pretend to give a rat's ass about it.
I've tried watching that show and all I see are six high-functioning lobotomy patients living in the most segregated version of New York City even Elijah Muhammad couldn't dream of.
Instead, I was more interested in the series finale of Frasier. I was truly interested in how they were going to wrap of this series of high-functioning neurotics living in the most segregated version of...oh, wait, the show took place in Seattle; of course all you're going to see is white people.Ever notice how this theme always sounds like the generic jazz music you hear in Starbucks?
I really liked the series finale "Goodnight, Seattle", and would put it up there among the best finales of all time. I thought it did everything right in wrapping up the series and it did the two things that a final episode should do:
1. It should make you say, "What a great way to go out."
2. It also makes you say, "Based on how great that episode was...I was they were making more."
Believe it or not, that was all the way back in 2004 and I was close to graduating high school.
There had been talks of Kelsey Grammer doing a sequel series/reboot/revival for years but it wasn't until last week that Paramount announced that whatever you want to call it...Fraser's coming back.
As someone who's a fan of the show I wondered...OK...how do you do this to where we feel like we're building on what's previously been established? We don't want this to be like Star Trek: Picard, we want fans to actually enjoy it. How do you honor the old series while at the same time having it be different?
First we have to remember where we left our main & supporting characters when the show ended.
-Frasier was moving to San Francisco to start a job in television...or was he? The final moments of the show revealed that Frasier instead went to Chicago, where his new girlfriend, Charlotte, had moved to.
-Daphne and Niles, happily married had welcomed their first child, a boy named David.
-Martin had gotten married to his girlfriend, Ronnee.
-Roz had been promoted as KACL's new station manager.
First off, with the passing of John Mahoney back in 2018, you can't recast the role of Martin and it would only make sense to have the character be deceased as well.
We would say that perhaps he died five years to the day that Eddie finally passed away.
This dog made more money in five seasons than most of us put together.
And not to be insensitive but that brings to me to the remaining cast. They played these characters for 11 years and that started back in 1993.
I don't think there's a lot of humor there when it's all these older people. You do need that dynamic of the old and the young, it was there in the first episode of Frasier. To that end, we would have two (Possibly three?) new characters in the cast.
One would be Frasier's son Frederick and the other is his younger cousin, David, Niles & Daphne's son.
OK...why is Frasier back in Seattle?
Sadly, like Martin before him, Frasier now knows the pain of losing a wife. We'll establish that he married Charlotte after the finale (A year at best) and they were married for 15 wonder years until she tragically passed away.
In his suffering, the weight of depression has nearly crushed this once bright star of radio and television. He decides to go back to his hometown of Seattle to be with the only family he has left.
There he's offered a chance by his former producer-now station manager-Roz, to restart his once acclaimed radio show. And Roz needs all the help she can get as radio is getting their ass handed to them by podcasts and KACL is getting into the streaming business as well.
Frasier is also uncomfortable with the idea of a live-feed camera on him during broadcasts.
"But...WHY are they watching a radio show?"
Things made are not made easier as Frasier now has to compete with his son's growing popularity. Frederick followed Frasier & his mother, Lilith, into the field of psychology and is a rising star thanks to his new self-help book, "I Feel You, Bro".
"Niles, I cannot believe that you would even entertain such patronizing...Pablum aimed at post-pubescent...PANSIES!"
Frasier is hesitant to sit in it but after some pleading from Frederick ("I promise, Dad, you can't even smell the dog urine now!"), he does and slowly...he starts to enjoy it.