If you’re a fan of Classic TV and still fondly remember The Nanny and miss the presence of Fran Drescher on weekly television, NBC just may have some news for you: Fran has been cast as one of the leads in the comedy pilot Uninsured, joining Adam Pally, Abby Elliot, Jessy Hodges and Amer Chadha-Patel.
Fran will be playing Linda, a mother and grandmother who apparently loves her kids and grandkids and spends as much time doting on them as she does letting people know she’s from Brooklyn (which is not something we feel the audience would ever forget anyway). The premise of the show — which will be shot in front of a studio audience — is that Adam’s Dave and Abby’s Rebecca are young parents who are forced to take care of his parents in the aftermath of them falling into huge debt following the mishandling of their finances.
Besides The Nanny, Fran starred in the TV Land series Happily Divorced, provides her voice to the Hotel Transylvania films and has written three books. All of that being said, she hasn’t really been as much in the public eye as she was in the past — which, it seems, is by design.
“For the first time in my life,” she related to Variety, “I’m relaxed and comfortable accepting that I made it, I’m here, and I can relax a little bit. I don’t have to work so hard all the time. I can step off that hamster wheel now and again and enjoy my life that I’ve been so blessed with having. That’s relatively new for me, quite frankly. I’m at the point in my life where I accept that I am famous and I can take some breaks here and there and relax. And I can still, whenever I’m ready, conjure something up because I’m in that place in my career. I have very loyal fans and I’m very active on social networking. I continue to do things, like keeping my brand healthy to support the work that I do through my organization, Cancer Schmancer, all for the greater good.”
This change in attitude comes, she said, from learning to truly experience life the way that other people do, rather than having this constant inner voice craving for attention.
“I have to say, I have a lot of dear loved ones who are now octogenarians, and I remember when they were my age,” Fran related. “I say to my [then] husband, ‘How many good years do you think we really have?’ At some point we’re going to start getting tired, we’re not going to want to travel as much. So while I feel like I’m young enough to do anything still, I want to really inhale, devour, experience [life].”