The Doctor is Out

Patrick Stewart Guest Stars as Frasier's Love Interest

Patrick Stewart Makes First-Time Appearance on a Television Comedy Series

Sep 23, 2003, 01:00 ET from Paramount Television Production Division

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Patrick Stewart, best known
 for his work as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Paramount Television's long-running
 syndicated drama series "The Next Generation," as well as his work in the Star
 Trek feature films and in blockbuster films such as "The X-Men" and "X-Men 2"
 will guest star as a "potential" love interest for Frasier Crane.  The episode
 entitled "The Doctor is Out" will air on Tuesday, September 30 on NBC.
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     In the episode, Stewart portrays Alistair Braithwaite, head of the Seattle
 Opera Guild and one of the most acclaimed Opera directors in the world.
 Frasier admires Alistair immensely and would do almost anything to know him.
 Meanwhile, Frasier ducks into a local gay bar in an effort to determine if
 Roz's new boyfriend is gay and after being spotted, is "outed" on his radio
 show.  Alistair learns of Frasier's humiliation and, having been in a similar
 situation, comforts him after running into him in Cafe Nervosa.  Frasier, so
 impressed by Alastair, continues a close friendship with him living out his
 dream of being one half of a major "power couple" even though Alastair's
 feelings for him have become more than just friends.
     FRASIER is a Grub Street Productions production in association with
 Paramount Television Production Division and is filmed before a studio
 audience at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
     Paramount Television Production is part of the Viacom Entertainment Group,
 which includes Paramount Motion Picture Group, Paramount Television
 Production, Paramount Worldwide Television Distribution, Simon & Schuster and
 Paramount Enterprises (which is comprised of Paramount Parks, Famous Players
 Inc., Paramount's interest in United Cinemas International, Famous Music
 Publishing, Consumer Products and Paramount Digital Entertainment).
     Viacom Entertainment Group is part of the entertainment operations of
 Viacom Inc. (NYSE:   VIA), one of the world's largest entertainment and media
 companies, and a leader in production, promotion, and distribution of
 entertainment news, sports and music.

SOURCE Paramount Television Production Division