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Wednesday, 5 February, 2003, 12:22 GMT
Frasier star considers new series
Frasier, Daphne and Martin
Frasier has been struggling with poor ratings
Plans to scrap the hit US comedy Frasier could be put on hold after its star, Kelsey Grammer, said he would consider one more series.

Grammer said he was satisfied with the $1.6m he was being paid per episode.

"I'm making enough," he said in the 8 February edition of TV Guide.

If Grammer were to go ahead with another series it would make psychiatrist Frasier Crane the longest-running character on television, at 21 years, including the time on Cheers.

Actor Kelsey Grammer
Frasier has taken 21 Emmys, including five best comedy awards

The comedy, which started in 1993, has been one of NBC's biggest hits of the last decade, winning 21 Emmys and two Golden Globes.

But there had been plans to scrap the show because of spiralling production costs and a dip in ratings.

Frasier producers pay seven-figure wages to the show's two stars, Grammer and David Hyde Pierce, who plays his brother Niles.

It also has other production costs of $3.2m (2m) per episode.

Frasier grew out of the comedy Cheers, set in a bar run by former baseball star Sam Malone (Ted Danson). Grammer's character first appeared in Cheers in 1984.

Grammer had said he wanted to move to the next stage of his career, producing TV rather than starring in it.

His film career has struggled to take off, and in 2000 he took on the role of Macbeth in Broadway only for the play to close a week later.

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