Thursday, April 22, 2004
Kelsey Grammer is one of the few people in Hollywood who doesn't think the rantings of Michael Moore are gospel. I knew of his past problems with cocaine and failed marriages, but this nice piece gives background -- namely Grammer's numerous family tragedies. Grammer has always acted with dignity since becoming a TV star, so his previous decents into darkness always seemed out of place. Unfortunately for Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin and John Mahoney, Frazier's impending sign-off is dwarfed by the fanfare surrounding the final episodes of Friends. This is a great disservice to one of the best comedies in the history of TV. Simply stated, Frazier ranks with M*A*S*H, All in the Family, Seinfeld and The Cosby Show as one of the best and most influential shows in TV history.