'Frasier' and 'Rugrats' reboots coming to streamer Paramount+
The US streaming platform will also show a number of films 45 days after their cinema release
A Frasier reboot is in the works, 17 years after the hit show wrapped.
A new series about pedantic psychiatrist turned radio host Dr Frasier Crane is set to begin filming in 2022 and will be shown on Paramount+.
Lead star Kelsey Grammer confirmed the show's revival, saying: "I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr Frasier Crane."
Of the reboot, Paramount+ said that the show is “more exactly the same than ever”. It has not announced an episode count, release date or given any storyline details.
Frasier ran for 11 seasons, from 1993 to 2004, and also starred Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane and John Mahoney as Martin Crane. Mahoney died in 2018, but it has not been confirmed which other members of the original cast would return.
The 1990s sitcom is not the only show getting rebooted by Paramount+, with popular children's cartoon Rugrats also coming back for a new audience.
Fans of Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Angelica Pickles, Susie Carmichael and Phil and Lil DeVille will be delighted to hear that the Nickelodeon animated series is being revived by the streaming platform with the original voice actors.
“Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognised by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand-new audience,” said Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation.
“Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognisable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”
The original series debuted in 1991 and ran for nine seasons until 2004.
Films on Paramount+
Executives have also announced that a number of films will be shown on the platform, 45 days after their cinema release.
Mission: Impossible 7, A Quiet Place II and Paw Patrol will all go on to the streaming platform after their initial release.
A Quiet Place Part II, written and directed by John Krasinski and starring Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy, was originally due to open in cinemas in March 2020, but was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is now scheduled for release on Friday, September 17.
Mission: Impossible 7, which was partly filmed in the UAE, is currently scheduled to be released in cinemas on Friday, November 19, and animated movie Paw Patrol is due to be released on Friday, August 20.
Updated: February 25, 2021 01:53 PM