One of the stars of the long-running NBC hit “Frasier” is heading back to series TV. The move comes after what has been a hiatus from television for David Hyde Pierce, who played Niles Crane on “Frasier.”
“Pierce, who essentially disappeared from television after the long ‘Frasier’ run (for Broadway), is returning, in a minor role, on next season’s ‘The Good Wife,'” Newsday reports.
CBS said in an announcement: “Pierce will play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to affect change. The role will mark Pierce’s first appearance in a television series since ‘Frasier’ ended its run in 2004.”
Newsday notes: “That last line? Not technically true: Commander Chiphead, ‘Sesame Street.'”
Pierce was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series an astounding 11 years in a row for “Frasier,” from 1994 through 2004, winning the Emmy four times during that run.
David Hyde Pierce