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Charles Shaugnessy Reunites With 'Nanny' Fran Drescher on 'Happily Divorced' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2011 7:48AM
Charles Shaughnessy, 'Happily Divorced'It was a mini-reunion of 'The Nanny' when Mr. Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) appeared on the season finale of Fran Drescher's new show 'Happily Divorced' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on TV Land). Now Shaughnessy's an accomplished author, but his attraction to Fran was just as intense.

Only, he appeared to have a similar interest in Peter. It was all very confusing throughout the entire episode, until a classic mix-up led to both Peter and Fran meeting Shaugnessy in his hotel room, where he created a romantic atmosphere and announced that he was both gay and straight.

And apparently into threesomes as well. He must have figured that since Peter and Fran had been intimate with one another during their marriage, they wouldn't mind doing so again, only this time with him as well.

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First Look: 'The Nanny' Reunion on 'Happily Divorced'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 29th 2011 4:00PM
Fran Drescher, Renee TaylorTo say we're nostalgic is an understatement, which is why when this 'Happily Divorced' photo made its way into our hands, well, we had to post.

In the Aug. 3 episode (10:30PM on TV Land), Renee Taylor, known to many as Sylvia Fine on 'The Nanny,' reunites with her former TV daughter Fran Drescher on 'Happily Divorced.'

Taylor plays an old friend of Dori (Rita Moreno), Fran's current TV mom.

Check out the full version of the picture below. Don't be surprised if you get verklempt and your voice suddenly turns incredibly nasal -- it happens to the best of us.

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A 'Nanny' Reunion on 'Happily Divorced,' 'Dancing' Vet Goes to 'One Tree Hill' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 27th 2011 11:00AM
Charles Shaughnessy, Renee TaylorMr. Sheffield himself, Charles Shaughnessy, is heading to Fran Drescher's 'Happily Divorced.'

Shaughnessy will play Gregory, a man both Fran and her ex-husband Peter want to date. Look for him to pop up in the Season 1 finale on Wed., Aug. 17 at 10:30PM.

Also making a guest appearance this season is Renee Taylor. The actress, who played Fran Fine's mom on 'The Nanny,' will play an old friend of Dori (Rita Moreno). Taylor will appear in the Aug. 3 episode of the series.

TV Land recently renewed 'Happily Divorced' for a second season.

In other casting news ...

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Six "Bad" Sitcoms That Are Actually Good

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2010 1:29PM
Boy Meets WorldYesterday I did a post where I listed the six sitcoms that even a sitcom lover would hate. So today, how about we look at six sitcoms that are actually good?

The six shows that follow are considered "bad" by whatever television common wisdom a lot of fans use. At best, if you like one of these shows you're supposed to consider them "guilty pleasures," but I like them without categorizing them that way. These are good sitcoms. Not "so bad they're good" good or "oh well I guess they're not the worst sitcoms in history" good, I mean they're just good, and you don't have to feel guilty about liking them.

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Nick at Nite gets Fran for Nanny Valentine's celebration

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 30th 2010 9:00AM
The_nanny_wedding_fran_max_cbsHow's this for a romantic and funny way to celebrate Valentine's Day: make it a week-long marathon of The Nanny episodes on Nick at Nite. What? That's not red roses, Dove chocolates and champagne to you?

The idea of reliving the sitcom fun of the nanny named Fran blowing into the life of theatrical producer Maxwell Sheffield and falling in love with him while taking care of his three children was the stuff of television romance when it aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999.

Part The Sound of Music, part schmaltzy broad Jewish shtick, The Nanny was fun stuff. For this marathon, Fran herself, actress Fran Drescher will host the week which Nick has dubbed Valentine Schmalentine.

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Worst TV Couples Ever (Looking at You, Sam and Diane)

by Sharon Knolle, posted Jan 7th 2010 4:15PM
Ugly BettyOn hearing from the Ausiello Files that 'Ugly Betty' creator Silvio Horta is steering his leads -- sweetly dorky Betty (America Ferrara) and her womanizing boss, Daniel (Eric Mabius) -- toward romance, our first reaction was "Nooooo!" Although that exact hookup takes place in the original telenovela, that's one romance we just can't -- or don't want to -- picture.

Which got us thinking, what other TV romances were so wrong on so many levels, they've brought down entire shows?

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Nanny star joins the cast of Heroes

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2009 2:31PM
ShowtimeNo, it's not Fran Drescher. But wouldn't that be something? Her laugh could send shock waves though a person's brain and paralyze them for several minutes.

Actually, it's Madeline Zima, who played the youngest kid that Nanny Fine had to take care of on the sitcom. She's all grown up now and co-stars on Californication. On Heroes she'll play a college student who somehow gets involved with Claire. I guess that means that Claire is back in college and our heroes are no longer on the run. She'll be on for several episodes.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2009 6:04PM
Spider-ManHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Barney Miller is one of those sitcoms I never think about anymore. When I make my mental list of the best sitcoms I never even think of it, even though it was a very good show. I guess it's out of mind because it's not shown on TV that much. I'm surprised it's not part of the regular lineup of TV Land or Nickelodeon. Of course, they don't show The Dick Van Dyke Show much anymore either even though they own it, so nothing surprises me about those two channels anymore.

  • Barney Miller - Season 3
  • The F Word - Series 2: Uncensored
  • Ghost Hunters - Season 4, Part 2

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The NY senator, a nanny named Fran? - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 11th 2008 8:38AM
Fran DEveryone who has been laughing at the idea of Fran Drescher taking over Hillary Clinton's Senate seat for the state of New York, you can stop laughing now. It's not that wild an idea, not when you consider that Fred Grandy -- Gopher from The Love Boat -- was a Congressman from Iowa, and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura was the Governor of Minnesota, and there's a really good chance that Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken (remember Stuart Smalley?) has won the Senate seat for Minnesota, too. (They're still recounting the votes!)

Oh, and let's not forget the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger from the great state of California. In other words, why not Senator Fran Drescher!

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Rosie and Fran teaming up for a sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 28th 2008 11:29AM
Fran DrescherFunny ladies Rosie O'Donnell (Nip/Tuck) and Fran Drescher (The Nanny) are working together on creating a new "fun, happy, family comedy" for TV. On Rosie's website, Fran and Rosie teamed up on camera to talk -- primarily about Fran's "cancer schmancer" campaign for public awareness -- but at the end, Rosie and Fran revealed a sitcom they are planning in which they'll star together.

There's no question that Fran and Rosie are funny women with loyal fans. The Nanny was a CBS hit for six seasons. Rosie, who more recently has been a source of controversy like her very tumultuous time as a cohost on The View, has also been a success on TV. While she was on The View, the ratings were higher than ever before or since. She also had an Emmy-award winning daytime talk show for six years straight which had a vociferous following.

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It's Married... With Children... in Russian

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 16th 2007 12:15PM

The Russian version of Al and Peg Bundy on that country's version of Married, With ChildrenIt's a typical night in Moscow. You have just finished supper and are now ready to sit down with your wife, children, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins to watch some television. On the screen a sad-faced shoe salesman is anchored to his living room couch watching his own TV. Strutting behind him is his gaudily-dressed, shockingly red-haired wife. To the side his ditsy blonde-haired daughter and fairly intelligent son, who dreams of something bigger in his life, bicker over something or other.

Sounds a bit like Married... With Children, doesn't it? Well, truth be told, it actually is. The name of the show is Schastlivy Vmeste (translated to Happy Together) and it is an authorized copy of the former FOX sitcom featuring Russian cast members and dialog. It is also a huge hit in Russia, especially among younger viewers. According to a spokesperson for Russian channel TNT, Vmeste is the most popular scripted series among the 18 to 30 crowd.


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The Nanny's almost nude in new Off-Broadway play

by Joel Keller, posted May 3rd 2006 6:06PM
Fran DrescherFran Drescher either has superior genes or a great plastic surgeon, because, at 48, she looks like she could pass for 35. I mean, this is a woman who was in Saturday Night Fever, for Christ's sake. But the former star of The Nanny seems to be aging very, very slowly, to the point where you have to wonder if she's got a got a photo of her aging self stored away in her basement somewhere.

You can tell she knows she's lucky; she's taking any advantage she can to show herself off. Not only does she like to go to parties in outfits that don't leave a lot to the imagination (see the picture with this post), but she has no compunction about stripping down to her bra and panties on stage, as she's doing right now in the Off-Broadway play Some Girl(s), which is written by Neil LaBute. In this New York Observer profile, Drescher talks about the play, her non-dating life, her former relationship with a younger man, and the chances that her current sitcom, Living with Fran, is coming back (she doesn't think it is, and doesn't seem to mind).

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