Rosie back on TV, with the Nanny?
NEW YORK — Comedian and actress Rosie O’Donnell wants to return to television in a sitcom about three best friends that would co-star “The Nanny’s” Fran Drescher.
Nine months after her abrupt departure from the daytime talk show “The View,” O’Donnell said on her blog that she had teamed with Drescher on the project, which is still in the early stages.
“Now, Fran and I have a new sitcom, but we can’t talk about it, right?” O’Donnell said at the end of a 13-minute video entry with Drescher, posted on rosie.com on Feb. 22.
“We’re going to do a new, fun, happy, family comedy,” Drescher said.
“She and I!” O’Donnell exclaimed with a grin.
The nascent project is apparently still being developed.
“It’s way too premature” to discuss, said Cindi Berger, a spokeswoman for O’Donnell.
But the comedian wrote on her blog that the sitcom was the brainchild of Drescher and her ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, who served as executive producer of “The Nanny.” She said it would be taped in front of a live studio audience in New York.
Fans of O’Donnell reacted excitedly to the news.
“Ro, Is it true you & Fran are going to do a sitcom or are you just teasing us?” one wrote.
“true,” O’Donnell responded.
“omg… you and fran are going to be the new lucy and ethel! i am about to bust at the thought of it,” another wrote, prompting O’Donnell to write: “honey SIGN ME UP.”
After leaving “The View,” O’Donnell came out with a memoir, “Celebrity Detox,” and did a guest stint on FX’s “Nip/Tuck.” She expressed interest in returning to television full time, talking up her desire to host the game show “The Price Is Right,” a gig that ultimately went to Drew Carey. Last fall, O’Donnell was in preliminary talks with MSNBC to host a nightly talk show on the cable news network, but those discussions fizzled.
-- Matea Gold