Maybe they’ll call it “Nanny B.”
Fran Drescher says she’s still talking to rap superstar Cardi B about working together on a TV series: either a re-imagining of “The Nanny” — Drescher’s classic CBS sitcom turning 25 on Saturday — or possibly as a mother/daughter TV combo in some other show.
“Look, it probably isn’t going to be ‘The Nanny’ because, for whatever reason, the whole reboot genre is beginning to wane,” says Drescher, 61, who played “The Nanny’s” nasal, flirty Fran Fine, a fashion queen-turned-nanny to the children of Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy), a wealthy, high-society Broadway producer.
COZI TV will pay homage to “The Nanny” on Saturday with an all-day, 25-episode marathon (6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.) celebrating its silver anniversary (it ran from Nov. 3, 1993, to June 23, 1999).
Talk of a possible Drescher/Cardi B pairing began in September, when the Bronx-born rapper, 26, Instagrammed a photo of herself wearing a leopard-skin dress as an homage to Drescher. “She’s a fan of the show and we’re both style icons with funny voices,” Drescher says. “She did that homage to me and it kind of mushroomed because I happened to be doing press [for the animated movie ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’] and I was asked if I was aware that she had linked us together with photos suggesting our similarities.
“I’m actually developing a millennial-and-me baby boomer show [to star in] and I thought maybe this is fortuitous, maybe we would be good together,” Drescher says. “She would be good playing my daughter. I’m taking meetings with her representatives and you never know, maybe something will develop out of that. We’re in the talking stages right now and our fans have been supportive on social media. She’s a fan of mine and I would protect her and take good care of her.
“It could be a limited series; it doesn’t have to be something that goes for years on end — maybe 10 episodes on Netflix or Amazon or any of those streaming channels,” she says. “She’s a very popular singer so I don’t think she would be able to commit to a TV series in the way I have in the past. She’s riding her wave; maybe three months [of shooting] and 10 episodes. She might really enjoy that and it would be another notch in her belt.”
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Drescher cautions that, if the two were to strike a deal, the show could differ from “The Nanny,” which ended with Fran and Maxwell marrying and having twins.
“[‘The Nanny’] was a classic kind of fairy tale that had its end. I was really thinking of an original, new concept with [Cardi B] and me,” Drescher says. “Not a reboot of ‘The Nanny,’ but maybe a scenario where she would be the nanny and I could play … not Fran Fine but another Fran who has a different attitude. I’m not sure I’m all that interested in going back.
“When ‘The Nanny’ ended they had babies and were married … Fran was very much [Maxwell’s] partner and equal; the nuances and humor would be the same. Even if we make believe the last season never happened, I feel like I’m a little long-in-the-tooth to still be playing a nanny. There’s something uncool about that. The show has a reverence to it and I wouldn’t want to soil that.”
Still, Drescher would need to find a home for the show before it becomes a reality.
“I think ‘The Nanny’ is still so popular with millennials and on social media and we’re actually much more current [than other reboots],” she says. “It’s so ironic that TV people don’t seem to be wise to that. I don’t have any bites from any networks, to tell you the truth, as unbelievable as it sounds.”
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