Everything old is new again.
After recent news of how often some of the cast members of “Modern Family” get together, now comes word that Fran Drescher reunited with her “The Nanny” TV mom, Renée Taylor, recently to celebrate the success of their classic show on HBO Max.
Since the major streamer picked up the 1990s sitcom staple for exclusive, commercial-free streaming back in April, it has seen a resurgence in popularity.
For fans basking in the nostalgia, Drescher posted a hilarious little clip to her Instagram for them to enjoy, as Entertainment Tonight reported.
In it, Drescher is sitting next to Taylor, both wearing leopard print (of course), an homage to the original series, which ran on CBS from 1993-1999.
Drescher starts off with, "Everyone's loving ‘The Nanny’ on HBO Max. It's streaming with no commercials, completely original cut!"
Taylor responds, a little confused, “N-n-no commercials?”
"Ma,” Drescher says, in that unmistakable voice, “you press pause to get your snack!"
“Oh,” says Taylor, chomping on grapes. “I was worried.”
On the show, Drescher played Fran Fine, the huge-hair, high-heeled “lady in red” from Flushing, Queens, who stumbles into a nanny position that includes ongoing romantic entanglements with her refined boss, Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield, played by Charles Shaughnessy.
Drescher co-created the show with her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson, and it’s become her defining character.
This wasn’t the first time we’ve seen "The Nanny" characters come by for a hi.
Drescher led another reunion – a “pandemic table read” – with cast members early in 2020 as a hype run-up to the HBO Max premiere. Drescher told ET at the time, "this is something that's like, a really sweet gift to all of the fans around the world. And so, you know, nobody is getting paid or anything. It's just from our living rooms to yours."
The online event – a script run-through of the pilot episode from 1993 – included original cast members Drescher and Taylor plus Shaughnessy, Lauren Lane, Daniel David, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima, and Rachel Chagall.
The last few years have seen a growing wave of 1990s TV revivals, either through quasi-reunion read-throughs like Jimmy Kimmel has produced, bubbling rumors (“Blossom”), or full-on series reboots such as “Saved By the Bell,” "Full House," “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Murphy Brown,” “Will & Grace,” “Gilmore Girls,” "Charmed," and “Sex & the City.”
So of course since the successful HBO Max pick-up of “The Nanny,” fans have kept their ears open for a return of Fran Fine, initially sparked by comments the Cancer Schmancer author dropped in 2019.
"We're talking about it,” she told ET. “Peter and I are talking about it. We're working on a very big project. It's going to be very exciting for the fans, but I'm not at liberty to announce it yet. But it's gonna be big."
Most likely, Drescher was referring to her attempts to bring "The Nanny" to Broadway, as no news of a TV reboot has surfaced. But for her fans, this new clip can't help but heat up hopes.