Nearly three decades before his hit TV series The Nanny hit the airwaves on CBS, star Charles Shaughnessy is opening up about his kissing scenes with Fran Drescher.
Shaughnessy, 66, played British Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield, who hires Drescher’s Fran Fine to take care of his kids.
The British actor opened up in an interview with People, revealing that his kissing scenes with Drescher, 63, upset his young daughters, while also talking the possibility of a reunion.
Shaughnessy shares two daughters, Jenny, 31, and Maddy, 26, with his wife of 38 years Susan Fallender.
The actor revealed that he recalled coming home from work one night, after his daughter seen an episode where he was kissing Drescher, and she was not happy.
‘I came home one day, and Maddy was very upset. She had seen the show that night and said, “Daddy, don’t kiss the girl.” She wasn’t very keen on all the Fran and Maxwell chemistry,’ Shaughnessy said.
Following the successful Friends reunion on HBO Max, Shaughnessy opened up about the possibility of The Nanny reunion.
‘It would be a lot of fun. It’s hard because people see The Nanny now, it’s 30 years old, so we’re all different. I’m a lot older. She’s a lot older. The kids are a lot older,’ he said.
‘You see that and you kind of want to recreate that, but it’s un-recreatable. The train has left the station. We’re down the tracks awhile,’ he added.
Shaughnessy added that they can’t, ‘recreated that magic,’ adding, ‘you can create something else using some of the elements, but it’s not going to be what it was originally.’
As for a direct reboot of The Nanny, he said he has, ‘questions about reboots in general,’ though if someone asked him to revisit his character, he’d be, ‘delighted.’
The show, which Drescher co-created with her then-husband Peter Marc Jacobson and Prudence Fraser, ran for six seasons from 1993 to 1999.
Shaughnessy added that his favorite memories of the show over all those years involved some of the memorable guest stars.
‘My most favorite thing about the show was the guest stars. We kicked off in episode 2 with Carol Channing and then went through all the sort of Broadway [stars], Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach,’ he added.
‘Then we went into Elton John. We had Ray Charles coming on as Auntie Yetta’s boyfriend. Elizabeth Taylor!’ Shaughnessy enthused.