“Frasier” showrunners Dan O’Shannon and Mark Reisman have split to pursue separate goals.
Both scribes won’t stray far from the “Frasier” family, however: Reisman has signed a two-year deal with Paramount Network TV and will work with series star Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet Prods.; O’Shannon will remain as exec producer and sole showrunner on the hit NBC laffer.
Reisman, who’s repped by UTA, will also serve as a creative consultant on “Frasier” while jumping into the overall development pact.
At Grammnet, Reisman recently helped rewrite the NBC comedy pilot “Neurotic Tendencies.” Reisman will also get involved with the two pilot commitments that the production boutique has lined up at NBC.
On Grammer’s team
“There were indications that Mark might be moving on, and I was thinking, gosh, I want to get Mark on my team,” Grammer said. “I really enjoy working with him. Mark and I share sensibilities. He’s funny and really true to the characters.”
Before officially joining the “Frasier” crew, Reisman served as a consultant to the skein for the 1998-99 season. He had previously been an exec producer on NBC’s “Wings” as well as a producer on the Par skeins “Dear John” and “Flying Blind.”
O’Shannon, who joined “Frasier” in the 1999-2000 season as co-exec producer, is in the middle of a multiyear deal with Paramount. He also spent four seasons as a writer and, later, exec producer of “Cheers.”
“I have great respect for Dan’s imagination and talents,” Grammer said.
O’Shannon and Reisman were named to the top “Frasier” spot last July, replacing longtime showrunner Christopher Lloyd.
“I have great respect for both guys. … If they don’t want to work together, I’m happy to take advantage of both of them in my mercenary fashion,” Grammer quipped.
“Frasier” creators David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee remain exec producers of the skein, along with O’Shannon and Grammer.
(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)