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'Frasier' diagnosis: May demise

The upcoming big sitcom farewell season became officially bigger Monday as NBC confirmed that five-time Emmy-winning comedy Frasier will end its 11-year run in May. Frasier joins fellow NBC comedy Friends and HBO's Sex and the City, slated to bow out in the next several months, with CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond also facing a sendoff if the network doesn't strike a new deal with the show's star Ray Romano and creator Phil Rosenthal. Jeff Zucker, president of NBC's entertainment, news and cable group, made the official announcement about the end of Frasier on the set of the show on Stage 25 of the Paramount lot, where the series' stars and producers sat under the stage lights for a Q&A with critics and reporters attending the Television Critics Assn.'s winter press tour. "I wanted to take this opportunity publicly to just say that obviously, in the last 11 years, no show has meant as much to the quality and perception of NBC as ('Frasier')," Zucker said. Star and executive producer Kelsey Grammer confirmed that he had discussed with Zucker the possibility for a 12th season of the show, which "didn't work out," while co-creator and executive producer David Lee said that "from the executive producers' standpoint, there was never an intention of going further than this year."

Tributes Paid To Slain Frasier Creator

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Tributes Paid To Slain Frasier Creator
Tributes have been paid to Frasier co-creator and producer David Angell who was killed in the New York disaster. Angell's co-producers David Lee and Peter Casey are devastated by news that Angell and his wife Lynn were on American Airlines Flight 11 which crashed into the World Trade Center on Tuesday. The producers say, "He was a kind and gentle man with a quiet exterior that masked one of the sharpest comedy minds ever to write for television." During his 25-year television career, he wrote scripts for Cheers and Wings and started up Grub Street Productions with Casey and Lee. They added, "David's wife Lynn was the love of his life. She epitomised southern graciousness and charm."

Frasier Producer Killed In New York Plane Horror

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Frasier Producer Killed In New York Plane Horror
Frasier co-creator and executive producer David Angell was among the tragic victims of yesterday's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Mr Angell, who was also an executive producer on classic TV hit Cheers from 1983, was among the passengers on one of the two hijacked planes, which crashed into the Twin Towers. Mr Angell - who also wrote scripts for the hit comedy starring Kelsey Grammer - picked up five Emmys between 1994 and 1998 and won Television Producer Of Year for episodic TV in 1996's from the Producers Guild. The West Barrington, Rhode Island-born writer entered the army after graduating from local Providence College and served at the Pentagon in Washington DC - which was also attacked yesterday - until 1972. After a brief career in engineering and insurance, he moved to Los Angeles in 1977 when he sold his first script. Besides co-creating Frasier and writing for Cheers, Mr Angell joined up with producers Peter Casey and David Lee to form the Grub Street Production company.

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