The casting news around Kelsey Grammer‘s return as Dr. Frasier Crane in Paramount+’s revival of the “Cheers” spinoff, Frasier (more on that below) continued on Friday with the news that Jack Cutmore-Scott (Kingsman, Deception) has joined the cast as Frasier Crane’s son, Freddy. Cutmore-Scott joins a cast that currently includes Grammer and Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart). Charming and handsome, Cutmore-Scott’s Freddy is a nuanced combination of his father and grandfather. Years ago, Freddy rejected following in his father’s footsteps—dropping out of college to become a fireman—and he’s never looked back… until now when recent troubles have left him with no one to turn to in his life. If they can overcome past differences, Freddy and Frasier might finally have a chance to repair old wounds.
“We start rehearsals in February. We’ve been working on it, honestly for about six or seven years. It’s been on the slow burner. We were like, ‘This is not a bad idea. Maybe this is a good idea,” Grammer revealed during an interview with PEOPLE back in November 2022. During the interview, Grammer also confirmed that David Hyde Pierce would not be reprising his role as Frasier’s brother, Niles Crane. “David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating the performance of Niles,” Grammer revealed.
In retrospect, Grammer says that the move ended up working out for the project. “In a very funny way, it just took us to a new place, which was what we originally wanted to do anyway, which was a Fraser third act. It’s an entirely new life for him,” he explained. But as much as Frasier may be heading into a new chapter of his life, the series will respect what came before it. “He’s [Frasier Crane] our brave little soldier that continues on in life, finding new challenges and a new love and new people and a new city and stuff like that,” Grammer said. “I’m really very excited about it, and we’ll certainly always honor the past. We have to honor the fact that John Mahoney died and that Martin is no longer with us. We’ll be dealing with that for sure.” But as much as the show will be “responsive about the fact that there was a brother and such,” Gammer makes it clear that the focus will be on “new friendships – and some new twists and turns he didn’t know were still in there.”
Set to both star in and executive produce, the new series finds Frasier off to a different city with new challenges to face, new relationships to forge, and an old dream or two to finally fulfill (though original cast members are expected to make guest appearances, as was the case between Cheers and Frasier). The series is being developed by writers Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life In Pieces), who will executive produce alongside Grammer, Tom Russo, and Jordan McMahon. CBS Studios will produce the series in association with Grammer’s Grammnet NH Productions.