Fran Drescher is hoping the SAG-AFTRA strikes find resolution before the year’s end so she has a chance to bring The Nanny back for its 30th anniversary.
The actress—who also happens to be the SAG-AFTRA president—first shared serious plans for a reboot in Feb. At the time, she was standing on the red carpet at the 29th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
“We have a big meeting with our partners at Sony,” she shared with ET. “This is the 30th anniversary year that the series started, and I want to do something special.”
The Nanny first premiered in 1993 on CBS. Drescher played the lead role as a down-on-her-luck cosmetic saleswoman who unwittingly finds herself looking after the children of a wealthy widowed bachelor. The quirky fashionista is seemingly out of her element, though she doesn’t quite notice. Nonetheless, she turns out to be “exactly what the doctor prescribed” when she heals the family’s grief and becomes the new love of the lonely millionaire.
While airing, The Nanny earned 1 Primetime Emmy award and 11 nominations. Long after its closure, the series streamed on HBO Max and turned into a hit once more. As Drescher told the publication, her show became even more popular in syndication.
Hollywood Strike Puts ‘The Nanny’ Reboot on Pause
Unfortunately, the Writer’s Guild of America went on strike shortly after Drescher’s red-carpet revelation, and because she’s the president of SAG-AFTRA, Drescher was hesitant about starting the project. Her organization formally joined the strike in July.
While speaking on Sirius XM’s The Julie Mason Show in May, Drescher admitted that the reboot was still a major priority. At the time, she wanted to use an anniversary special as a back-door pilot. But the strike is still keeping Hollywood closed, so time is running out for those plans.
“At least pre-strike, we were in conversations with Sony, our parent company, to figure out what we could do that would be fun and exciting for the fans to tune into,” she said at the time. “And hopefully, the strike will be over soon enough, a deal can be forged with the Writer’s Guild and the AMPTP and we’ll be able to go back to figuring out what we want to do for a Nanny kind of reunion, maybe backdoor pilot.”
November 3 is the show’s official birthday.
The series left HBO Max in April, but the streamer still owns its rights. You can watch it on Amazon Prime with the Max add-on subscription.
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