2010-11-17 / Features

Fran Drescher To Debut New Daytime Talk Show

BY JASON D. ANTOS

Flushing native, Fran Drescher. Flushing native, Fran Drescher. Flushing native and star of the syndicated television show “The Nanny”, Fran Drescher will debut her new daytime program, “The Fran Drescher Show” on November 26 on Fox.

Fox Television and Debmar-Mercury will coproduce several preview programs of the hourlong show that will focus on an eclectic mix of issues including fashion, politics, food, music and entertainment.

“I want to talk about issues and topics that engage and empower people,” she said. “I want to unify the nation with my show.”

As executive producer, Drescher will work alongside talk, game and reality show producer Scott Sternberg and producing partner, Peter Marc Jacobson and Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for Debmar- Mercury Lonnie Burstein.

“Fran is a natural, multi-faceted talent with an extraordinary life story who is perfect for daytime talk,” Burstein said.

Drescher promises that her new show will be smart and pledges not to “dumb things down”.

“My new show will cover all of my passions, everything from pedicures to politics,” Drescher said. “America will have a chance to see the real Fran Drescher, beyond ‘The Nanny’. I look forward to sharing my life lessons.”

Drescher starred from 1993 until 1999 in the sitcom “The Nanny”, which earned several Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations.

Drescher, a survivor of rape and cancer, went on to become a leading figure in prevention, rehabilitation and medical research following her diagnosis in 2000. Drescher launched the Cancer Schmancer movement in 2007 as a nonprofit organization committed to diagnosing all women’s cancers while in Stage 1. Her organization’s influence led to the unanimous passing by Congress of the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act of 2005. In 2008, the U.S. State Department named Drescher a Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women’s Health.

While growing up in Queens, Drescher worked at a movie theater on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills, close to where she was born and lived until she was twenty. Drescher was married at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park.

In a phone interview with the Gazette, Drescher reminisced about her old Queens stomping grounds.

“I saw ‘Jaws’ at the RKO Keith’s in Flushing and I also used to go to Adventures Inn near the Whitestone Expressway,” Drescher remembered.

Debmar-Mercury and Fox hope to be able to broadcast the daytime program nationwide starting in 2011.

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