Fran Drescher gives talking for a living a try
The latest celebrity hoping to land a permanent address on the daytime talk dial is actress Fran Drescher -- and those of you in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Orlando can help her make her dream come true.
Fox Television Stations and Demar-Mercury ("The Wendy Williams Show") are co-producing a preview of "The Fran Drescher Show," which will begin airing in the six aforementioned test cities on Nov. 26. If the show succeeds, the hope is to gain full national syndication for the next TV season.
Broadcast from Los Angeles, the program will feature Drescher's commentary on current events and pop culture and include interview segments.
In a statement, Drescher, who became famous when she starred in the 1990s sitcom "The Nanny," said her show will "cover all of my passions, everything from pedicures to politics. America will have a chance to see the real Fran Drescher beyond 'The Nanny.' I'm the girl next door, a self-made woman who has been to hell and back a few times. I look forward to sharing my life lessons, having fun, [and] learning Frantastic things with women in daytime."
Drescher is a rape and cancer survivor and author of "Cancer Schmancer," her 2002 book about her experience fighting the disease. The success of her book led to the launching of the Cancer Schmancer Movement in 2007, a nonprofit organization dedicated to diagnosing all women's cancer in Stage 1.
--Maria Elena Fernandez
Photo: Fran Drescher arrives at the "Stand Up to Cancer" event at Sony Studios last month. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters