Frasier to Set Up Practice on Lifetime

Lifetime Television said Tuesday that it has acquired exclusive cable-syndication rights to Emmy Award-winning sitcom Frasier from Paramount Domestic Television beginning in March 2006.

The series premiered on NBC in September 1993 and it has won 31 Emmys, more than any show in TV history. It stars Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin.

"As our programming evolves into an even richer mix of original dramas, critically acclaimed original movies, new reality series and off-net comedies, we anticipate that Frasier will be one of the crown jewels of this strategy," Lifetime executive vice president and general manager Lynn Picard said in a prepared statement.

Lifetime’s comedy lineup also includes Will & Grace (premiering in September 2005), The Golden Girls, The Nanny, Laverne & Shirley and Designing Women.