When Kelsey Grammer first made up our minds to restore “Frasier,” he envisioned bringing again everybody from the untouched order. Sadly, David Hyde Pierce declined to return, as did Jane Leeves. In the meantime, John Mahoney kicked the bucket in 2018, which simply left Peri Gilpin out of the untouched ensemble forged.
Chatting with PrimeTimer, the revival display’s co-showrunner and co-writer, Joe Cristali, discoverable that Gilpin used to be aboard for a go back proper from the start, however even the Roz actor wasn’t going to come back again in any habitual capability. As such, Cristali and co. saved their absolute best visitor big name for the season finale, wherein Roz displays up part-way via and reunites along with her former boss. As Cristali defined:
“We knew we wanted to use [Gilpin] the right way. We didn’t want to do some sort of one-off in the middle of the season where she comes and she goes. We wanted it to have some sort of emotional heft behind it. The idea that she could come in and sort of be this reassuring hand but also call [Frasier] on his BS as only she can. When we knew it was a Christmas episode and just this idea that Frasier has a big old hole in his heart, she seemed like the perfect person and such a nice gesture for Freddy to make [her visit] happen.”
However month Cristali used to be conscious Roz’s go back could be a large offer, it kind of feels he wasn’t ready for the way it might disrupt filming. The co-showrunner persisted:
“We had to cut out like three minutes of applause from the audience when she was at Frasier’s door. We didn’t say she was there. We had the big black curtain up so you couldn’t see her until the door opened. Same with Bebe. I think it was a genuine surprise.”