Look for the show to be much less D and N oriented and more F R M D and N oriented.
Look for the show to resume a less "soap opera" ish structure.
Look for a lot of funny episodes that can stand on their own and do not depend on "arcs"
The Geena Davis Show's Kim Coles will reprise her role as Dr. Mary ‹ the rival radio personality Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) loves to hate ‹ on Frasier's Dec. 12 episode. As fans will recall, Dr. Mary launched her talk radio career by nearly stealing the shrink's gabfest right out from under him.
"Dr. Mary wasn't evil. Frasier just gave her an opportunity and she ran a little too far with it," Coles jokes to TV Guide Online. "This time, Frasier's station brings me back, gives me my own show and then I co-host the Seattle Christmas parade with him." But Coles ‹ who first gained fame as Living Single's sassy Synclaire ‹ is quick to point out that Frasier's far from ready to kiss and make up. "He still has issues with Dr. Mary," she says, "because she's popular and people just seem to love her. And she's just loving life and having a good time, so she doesn't even realize she takes over the way she does."
Speaking of competition, NBC's Frasier airs opposite Geena Davis's lead-in on ABC, Dharma & Greg. "But Geena was fine letting me out to do this episode," admits Coles. "I don't know if they'll let me out for a whole lot more, but it's a real delight to get to do this again." ‹ Daniel R. Coleridge TV Guide Online
This season on "Frasier," Grammer's character will reexamine his life's direction, following last season's revelation that Niles (David Hyde Pierce) loved Daphne (Jane Leeves).
While Niles and Daphne react to their news, and plan to deal with their new lives, Frasier starts to rethink his own. In the second half of the season, Grammer said, he expects Frasier to have a relationship.
"A couple of things that happen lead him to a new place in life," he said.
NBC's shift of "Frasier" to Tuesdays, from the primo slot on Thursdays at 9 p.m., has not caused Grammer or the producers to alter the show in any way.
"The programming move ‹ there are several reasons for it happening, most of which are not my concern," he said. "That which I cannot change I may not spent a lot of time deliberating on. Thank God for AA."
Despite the shift in nights, Grammer is still committed to the role and says he would actually like to keep the show on the air through its 11th season, equalling the run of "Cheers," where his character originated.
"I've always wanted to do it for 11 seasons," he said. "I believe that's possible." - RICHARD HUFF Daily News Staff Writer
'Frasier' characters roll with the changes
By Peter Johnson, USA TODAY
Look for changes in the lives of major characters on NBC's Frasier, beginning its eighth season tonight in its original Tuesday at 9 ET/PT slot.
We left Daphne (Jane Leeves) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) as they escaped in a Winnebago after she jilted her intended spouse and he left his bride.
"Now that Niles and Daphne basically have declared their love to one another, there are consequences both have to deal with," says series star and producer Kelsey Grammer. "There will be some price for their love, and we certainly intend to explore the next logical step."
That will have some bearing on Frasier, who as a result "is probably going to become a bit more reflective about his life and develop his own social skills," Grammer says. "Toward the middle of this season, Frasier will get involved with somebody, who will probably not be the love of his life but move him into a new relationship."
Grammer isn't thrilled that NBC moved him off its powerhouse Thursday after two seasons to make room for Will & Grace. "It wasn't right. It's odd," he says of the show's fourth time slot. "I think it's a little much to ask an audience to follow you this many times. But it's not my decision, and all I can do is what I've always done, make the best show I can."
Meanwhile, Grammer will appear as himself in a cameo on the Nov. 20 episode of UPN's Girlfriends, which he produces, and he has sold NBC a sitcom pilot script, Neurotic Tendencies, about a group of New York women who wind up in Los Angeles.
So, will this be the year his TV alter ego finally settles down? "I think Frasier wants an intimate, caring relationship with one woman," Kelsey Grammer teases, before letting the cat out of the bag. "We do have plans for someone to come into his life before the end of the season." - Jeanne Wolf with Michael Ausiello TV Guide
A few things to start off the season...
Spoilers are back :)
Jane Leeves' real life pregnancy WON'T be written into the show per se, but the writers have come up with a novel way of approaching the changes in JL's body during her pregnancy.
David Lee has stated that the first filming of the season which took place on August 22, was the third episode of the season and that the premiere episode is an hour long episode that will be filmed in two parts.
The season premiere of "Frasier" is on Tuesday, October 24 at 9 pm (8pm Central), so be sure to tune in!!!
The big news: After basking for two years in NBC's prime Thursday-night comedy slot, Frasier has been ousted by upstart Will & Grace and now moves back to Tuesdays. The swap left Frasier stars and staffers smarting. "Thursday is NBC's big comedy night, and it's hard not to be hurt by the move," says executive producer Dan O'Shannon (Cheers). "But the fact is, it makes no difference in the shows we write."
The write stuff: New show runners O'Shannon and Mark Reisman (Wings) are expected to move the series in a new direction. "It's called Frasier," notes O'Shannon. "Not Niles and Daphne."
And what about Niles and Daphne?: "They'll enter a new phase," says O'Shannon. And while both Rubinek and Adams will return, "Mel is not in a happy place," warns Reisman.
Doctor, heal thyself: "Frasier [Kelsey Grammer] is going to become more introspective this year," says O'Shannon. Which means he'll be pondering such deeper issues as "why he fears intimacy and why his life is stuck in this place; [though] it's not exactly a midlife crisis," cautions Reisman. "Because that doesn't sound terribly amusing," says O'Shannon, "and it really is."
Matt says: Having delivered the season's most exhilarating cliff-hanger with its inspired Graduate-in-a-Winnebago escape finale, Frasier has more comic energy and style in its eighth year than most shows have in their first. - Matt Roush TV Guide
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