The set of the long-running hit comedy “Cheers” has found a home. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plan is for the set to go on display in James Comisar’s Museum of Television.
CBS donated the set to Comisar’s nonprofit organization in July, the story notes, describing the bar as Comisar’s “holy grail.”
“You would think that this bar that served up laughs for 275 episodes must have ended up in the Smithsonian, right?” Comisar, 49, told the publication. “Nope, they turned it down.”
The Smithsonian turned down the set — which is 1,000 square feet — because it was concerned it would take up too much space, the story notes.
“The functioning bar — custom-made by Paramount in 1982 of wood, brass and leather — is still home to Sam Malone’s black touch-tone telephone and careworn cash register,” THR notes.
CBS gained rights to the “Cheers” franchise during the 2006 split from Viacom, when Paramount transferred its TV studio to the network. The comedy aired on NBC from 1982 through 1993, and was produced by Paramount Network Television.
Cleaning and restoring the set is expected to cost Comisar at least $100,000, the piece notes. His plan is to display the bar set and other TV memorabilia, such as Johnny Carson’s desk and George Reeves’ Superman costume, with the opening of the museum, planned for 2015. He’s considering locations in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.