Fran Drescher hints at revival of 'The Nanny'
Did you hear the news? Every hit TV show from the 90's is coming back! The revivals of Will & Grace and Roseanne were huge successes, proving that there's an audience for nostalgic sitcoms. As long as the actors don't make racist jokes on Twitter and then try to blame their racism on Ambien, the shows could go on forever!
Now the Murphy Brown revival is on the horizon, and everyone's wondering which beloved sitcom the networks will bring back next. Will it be Friends? Home Improvement? Or how about The Nanny? In The Nanny, Fran Drescher played Fran Fine, a fashion queen from Queens who becomes a nanny for a widowed millionaire, British Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield.
The Nanny lasted six seasons, airing from 1993 to 1998. At a Broadway charity concert, Entertainment Tonight caught up with Fran Drescher to see if there's any chance of doing a revival. "People really love that show," said Drescher. "It's unreal. ... We're talking about it. Peter and I are talking about it." (Peter refers to Peter Marc Jacob, her ex-husband, who co-created the sitcom with her.)
In the series finale of The Nanny - spoiler alert! - Fran ended up marrying her former boss and having twins. However, she says the revival would not just be more of the same thing. "The thing is our show would be the same characters 20 years later. We can't just pick up where we left off," said Drescher. "But in a way, that could be really good because the show can have a whole fresh bend to it."
That "fresh bend" could include taking inspiration from the Roseanne revival and getting political. Fran the character would reflect the real-life interests of Fran the actress. "She would've maybe gotten involved in more things [that] Fran Drescher is involved with. All kinds of things from environmental issues, to health, to civil liberties, that's what I think Fran would be doing now - opening her big Queens mouth for the greater good."
Over the past two decades, Drescher has been heavily involved with charity work. After getting diagnosed with uterine cancer, she beat the disease and wrote about her experience in the book Cancer Schmancer. Then she went on to create the Cancer Schmancer Movement, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women prevent cancer and identify cancer at its earliest, most curable stages. Maybe Fran Fine would also take up this cause.
Drescher revealed she's working on something 'big' with Jacob, but did not describe it as a revival. "We're working on a very big project. It's going to be very exciting for the fans, but I'm not at liberty to announce it yet. But it's gonna be big." (Maybe it's a one-off reunion special?)
Well, I've got a pitch for a revival: Fran Fine and Maxwell Sheffield have triplets, and hire a new nanny to take care of them. And that nanny is...Roseanne! Boom. Instant ratings.