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Fran Drescher has a ‘genius’ idea for a reboot of ‘The Nanny,’ according to costar Charles Shaughnessy

Fran Drescher has a great idea for a reboot of “The Nanny,” according to costar Charles Shaughnessy.

“We’ve talked about it, and she actually had a really, really, I thought, genius idea,” Shaughnessy told Entertainment Tonight.

“I just thought, ‘This was very smart.’ That’s all I’ll say,” he added.

“The Nanny” aired on CBS for six seasons in the ’90s. The series, created and produced by Drescher and her then-husband Peter Marc Jacobson, followed Fran Fine (Drescher) as she served as a nanny to three children.

Much of the series was inspired by Drescher’s experiences growing up in Queens.

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Charles Shaughnessy and Fran Drescher are seen with the cast of “The Nanny.” CBS Photo Archive / Contributor / Getty Images

Shaughnessy played Broadway producer, Mawell Sheffield, who hires Fine to watch his children, and harbors feelings for her.

“I was very hesitant about anything,” Shaughnessy told ET of Drescher’s reboot idea, which he didn’t reveal. “[But] I heard that and went, ‘Oh, that’ll work.'” 

Drescher previously spoke about the possibility of a “Nanny” reboot and revealed two potential ways to revive the series when speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in April.

“It’s either me and Charles Shaughnessy reviving the characters that we originated,” Drescher said when asked where Fran would be now. “In that case, I think that I might be a fashion influencer and a women’s rights activist or something.”

Drescher’s alternate idea was getting a “whole different cast” to update the series.

“Maybe even more people of color in the lead roles,” Drescher said of an alternate reboot idea.

It doesn’t seem like it would be too tough to get other original cast members on board if they decided to go with Drescher’s first idea. “The Nanny” cast reunited in 2020 for an online “pandemic” table read of the series pilot.

“This is something that’s like, a really sweet gift to all of the fans around the world,” Drescher previously told ET. “Nobody is getting paid or anything. It’s just from our living rooms to yours.”

Drescher isn’t the only one with a reboot idea they’d love to bring to life.

Mayim Bialik recently told Insider she’s been trying to get a “Blossom” reboot off the ground, but has been “met with a tremendous amount of resistance.”

From “Dexter” to “Sex and the City” and “Friends,” there are currently a number of reboots, remakes, and reunions of popular series in the works.

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