If you've been paying attention to the world of TV and film production, you'll notice one trend that seems to be ruling the day: nostalgia. And with nostalgic properties proving both popular and profitable, it seems that just about any property may return for a reboot or revival. Classic shows like Will and Grace, Roseanne, and Gilmore Girls have all returned for revivals, but could classic 90s sitcom The Nanny be next on the list? Series creator and star Fran Drescher was recently asked this, and it seems like she's open to appearing as the titular Nanny in a new season. She said,
It looks like a revival of The Nanny isn't out of the question, as long as a network and the cast were ready to bring the beloved sitcom back. Fran Drescher isn't putting all of her eggs back in Nanny Fine's colorful basket, but this interest is sure to excite the generations of fans who grew up watching Drescher's signature laugh and voice on the small screen.
Fran Drescher's comments to Closer Weekly seems like the first step to a potential Nanny revival. While it's clear that conversations haven't happened between Drescher and any potential collaborators, there have certainly been plenty of sitcoms been given new episodes over the past year. NBC's Will and Grace revival was renewed for a second season before it even premiered, and Roseanne will once again arrive on ABC in a few months. The precedent has been set, so if Fran Drescher is able to have a conversation with CBS or another network, it seems plausible that we could see her signature character return to TV.
The Nanny revolved around Fran Drescher's titular character, who suddenly finds herself taking care of three young privileged kids on New York's Upper East Side. Aside from her fish out of water storyline, her continued flirtation with father Mr. Sheffield was a major plot line, with a "will they, won't they" story that rivaled Rachel and Ross from Friends. The original series ran for a whopping six seasons on CBS, ending in 1999. The Nanny has since continually played on syndication, allowing new generations to enjoy every ridiculous laugh that comes out of Drescher's mouth.
The Nanny also has one of the best sitcom theme songs of all time. Check it out below.
Fran Drescher has been keeping busy over the past few years, and is apparently developing another project outside of a Nanny revival. In addition to a voice role in the Hotel Transylvania franchise, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of Cinderella in 2014. She also recently guest starred in this season of Broad City, playing Ilana's Aunt Beverly.
We'll just have to wait and see if a Nanny revival is developed. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, and our cancellation list to see if your favorite show got the chop.
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