I'm a big "Frasier" fan...gee...a balding egomaniacal popinjay who's too smart for his own good but who has a heart of gold and a libido to match? Why would I like that?...anyway, courtesy of James Wolcott, I stumbled across a blog where the creator of "Frasier" talks about how the show came to be in these three posts:
The Origin Of Frasier
How Niles Came To Be
The Final Countdown
Fascinating look at "inside baseball"...