Monday, 19th April 2021

How are they going to bollocks up the new Frasier?

KELSEY Grammer’s Frasier reboot is almost guaranteed to end up ruining his own legacy. Here’s how it will be totally ballsed up.

Recasting

Most remakes have an air of tragedy about them as you realise the original cast have all either aged terribly or died. What’s even worse is when a remake fails to secure all surviving cast members and recasts new actors in old roles. Eddie Redmayne playing Niles Crane, anyone?

The dog

The small, seemingly freakishly intelligent terrier owned by Frasier’s father added an extra layer to the show. Unfortunately, in what will come as no surprise to anyone with a grasp of the lifespan of dogs, the original dog who played Eddie Crane is dead. If they try to crowbar in some new show business hound it will just look desperate.

Kelsey Grammer

While the character of Frasier Crane is an urbane radio-host-cum-psychiatrist with broadly liberal sensibilities, Kelsey Grammer has somehow devolved into being a zealous Trump supporter. The character of Frasier Crane had better not have morphed into some right-wing shock-jock giving out MAGA hats to his listeners.

Play for nostalgia

Pretty much every remake falls into the trap of being annoyingly self-referential. Making callbacks to previous storylines is all well and good, but it’s a fine line before the show just becomes a boring exercise in asking the audience whether it remembers a thing they’ve seen before.

By remaking it

One of the most guaranteed ways of bollocksing up a remake is by actually going ahead with it, despite its announcement being met with universal concern and there being no previous examples of shows being successfully resurrected nearly 20 years after finishing.