The Nanny’s Fran Drescher, 62, has made fans of the iconic ‘90s TV series very happy by announcing that the original cast is set to reunite for a one-off special ‘Pandemic Performance' episode.
The titular star — who played beautician-turned-nanny Fran Fine for six seasons — revealed the news on social media on Wednesday.
“NANNY FANS ALERT! It’s happening!!!! MONDAY 4/6 the original cast of The Nanny together AGAIN in a virtual read of the pilot episode!!!” Fran, who also wrote and produced The Nanny, declared.
The Nanny cast reunite
Fran also shared a screenshot of a Zoom video call with fellow castmates including Charles Shaughnessy (Maxwell Sheffield), Daniel Davis (Niles, the family butler) and Lauren Lane (C.C. Babcock).
The Sheffield ‘kids’ — Nicholle Tom (Margaret), Benjamin Salisbury (Brighton) and Madeline Zima (Grace) — were also present but had certainly grown up since we last saw them on screen.
According to Variety’s exclusive report, the only member of the original cast who will not be returning is James Marsden who played Eddie, Maggie Sheffield’s boyfriend, for two episodes.
Ann Morgan Guilbert, who played Fran’s dotty grandmother Yetta Rosenberg, sadly passed away in 2016.
A ‘Pandemic Performance’
Fran began teasing fans who were desperate for the popular CBS show to be made available on a streaming service with a ‘surprise announcement’ last week.
She explained the reason behind the decision to bring the cast together for a virtual version of a table read —which sees actors recite their lines while seated — in a statement to Variety.
“Laughter is the best medicine! So, in these challenging times, Petah [Peter Marc Jacobson, the show’s co-creator] and I thought, wouldn’t it be great if we pulled together the original cast of ‘The Nanny’ for a virtual read of the pilot?” Fran said.
Awe hang in! We got a surprise for you! Announcement this week! Stay tuned! Weeeee!!!👏🏼 https://t.co/DTe4rE6IRc— Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) March 24, 2020
“It’s a once in a lifetime Pandemic Performance for our fans around the world who are currently stressing in isolation and could use a real upper! It sure has given each of us a lift and we hope it does for you as well.”
The last time the whole cast came together was in 2004 for The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember, a Lifetime TV special in which the actors shared updates on their lives and laughed over blooper footage.
When is The Nanny reunion on and where can I watch?
The Nanny pilot episode table read will be available to watch on the Sony Pictures’ YouTube page on the morning of Monday, April 6 (US local time), which is close to midnight Monday night in Australia.
In the meantime, Aussie fans can relive all six seasons on Amazon Prime or Stan.
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