Fran Drescher has revealed a few secrets from behind the scenes of the hit ‘9 0s sitcom “The Nanny” in a new interview with Studio 10.
Speaking alongside her ex-husband and friend Peter Marc Jacobson, with whom she created the present, Drescher reflected on “The Nannys” origins, its demise and its litany of celebrity guest stars.
The 59 -year-old actress said she found inspiration for the program after she was seated next to a CBS studio exec by chance on a flight from the US to Paris. By the end of the flight, shed worked her charms to such an extent he said she could call its term of office to set up a session and pitch a TV pilot.
Landing in Paris, she visited her close friend, supermodel Twiggy but discovered the iconic beauty was too busy with run commitments to consider her very much. Instead, she focused her attentions on her friends young daughter.
I decided to schlep her around so I wouldnt be alone, Drescher said.
After a lot of backward and forward banter with the 12 -year-old during their time together, I couldnt get this relationship out of my head. I thought of the idea: A spin on ‘The Sound Of Music, ‘ merely instead of Julie Andrews, I come to the door.”
Thats what they pitched, and thats what CBS snapped up. “The Nanny” was a hitting, thanks in no small proportion to the sex tension between Fran Fine and her employer, Maxwell Sheffield( Charles Shaughnessy ).
As the depict wore on, the bellows from spectators got louder: When would Fran and Maxwell ultimately get together?
Now, Drescher and Jacobson admit that answering those calls( the characters marriage at the end of the reveals penultimate season) was to be “The Nannys” death knell.
When a show is built around a love that cant happen, sex tension, you have to keep it that way. As much as you want the people to get together, as soon as they do, people start tuning out, Jacobson said. We didnt wishes to get them together.
The show would last only one more season after its two lead characters wed.
He used to say scheduling changes in the demonstrates later seasons had seen ratings dip, and the network delivered an ultimatum: Devote us a bridal or well cancel “The Nanny.”
So we looked at each other and told Well, we are having a wedding! he said.
“The Nanny” bowed out in 1999 with a two-part finale that find Fran and Maxwell welcome twins.
Almost two decades later, with sitcoms like “Will& Grace” and “Roseanne” poised to return to the screens, could Drescher be persuaded to taunt her hair up for another go at Miss Fine?
We wouldnt do it for the money. We would do it because we cracked the code on how to tell the narrative 20 years later, she told. And make it interesting. I set a very high standard. At this stage of my life, it has to build my heart sing. As Peter said, once the sexual tension is gone , now she is the spouse, there went the series. So, to go back … We would have to figure out where we are starting from and what it is.
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