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September 15, 2023 12:32 pm  #1

The Stars Who Almost Landed Key Roles In The Original "Frasier"

It's always fun to contemplate "what might have been" if a certain star had been cast in a famous series instead of the actor or actress who eventually landed the part. 

Mickey Rooney originally tested for Archie Bunker in "All In The Family," but turned it down because it was too controversial. Bing Crosby decided that playing "Lt. Columbo" would get in the way of his golf game and it went to the now iconic Peter Falk instead.

And now two former series producers reveal the roles that weren't in the original "Frasier."

Among those you didn't see - but could have - was Frasier himself. The main character was originally offered to John Lithgow, but he said no. Kelsey Grammer ably filled the breach and is still playing the role in its third incarnation.

Cynthia Nixon almost played Daphne, Martin Crane's helper, but it eventually went to Jane Leeves.

And then there was Roz, Frasier's radio producer. They'd already signed an actress to play the role, despite a good audition from Peri Gilpin. But those in charge ended up not quite liking the quirkiness the chosen thespian brought to the character, so they told her they'd changed their minds and went back to Gilpin. It was probably the best thing that could have happened to Lisa Kudrow, who wound up making millions as Phoebe on "Friends."

More behind the scenes info here


November 15, 2023 9:23 pm  #2

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Now that the Frasier reboot is available, those behind the resurrection say they had an entirely different idea for the series - one that centred on Frasier's brother, Niles Crane. But when David Hyde Pierce opted out of the show, they had to come up with something else. 

Frasier and Niles Were Supposed to Open a Theater Together But when David Hyde Pierce said no, the reboot creators had to evolve.


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November 16, 2023 12:27 am  #3

Re: The Stars Who Almost Landed Key Roles In The Original "Frasier"

I’m glad that John Lithgow turned the role down - if he’d taken it, there might have been no Third Rock from the Sun!


November 17, 2023 12:04 pm  #4

Re: The Stars Who Almost Landed Key Roles In The Original "Frasier"

If you're not sick of this topic yet, here's one more thing I've always wondered about - that bizarre "Tossed Salads And Scrambled Eggs" theme song that Frasier sings at the end of the show. What, exactly, is it supposed to mean? 

Turns out, there's method to this psychiatric madness. With thanks to SOWNY member Mace, who sent me the link.

The Songwriter Behind The Frasier Theme Was Forbidden From Mentioning Three Subjects

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