The Nanny
"The Nanny" is a sitcom from US network CBS, which ran from 1993 - 1999. The Nanny/Facebook

Old series reboots have been popular as of late, as proven by the success of shows like “Gilmore Girls” and the anticipation for Jack Black’s “Jumanji.” But as actor Charles Shaugnessy has pointed out, the idea will not work for everything, including his beloved sitcom “The Nanny.”

The 1990s are a particularly hot era to look back to and take inspiration from right now, which is likely why several series from that decade are once again getting hype. As arguably one of the most successful sitcoms of its time, “The Nanny” has been on the table for a reboot for a while now. Despite the public clamour, however, Shaugnessy has already gone on the record to say it will not work.

“There’s been talk about a stage musical. There’s been talk about a revival series. There’s been talk about a one-off limited show, like a ‘Gilmore Girls’-type thing,” he told Radar Online. “[But] the whole concept of ‘The Nanny’ is a nanny to these three kids. When those kids are all grown up, there is no need for a nanny.”

Shaugnessy is not particularly in the wrong, as the show did follow the journey of Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) as she entered the world of high-class New York as a nanny to Margaret Sheffield (Nicholle Tom), Brighton Sheffield (Benjamin Salisbury) and Grace Sheffield (Madeline Zima). Shaugnassy played the father, Maxwell.

At the end of the series, the kids were mostly adults who logically did not need someone to look out for them at all hours of the day anymore. Not to mention that Fran eventually got engaged to and then married Maxwell. Her role changed from hired-help to wife and mother. The original idea of the show, as Shaugnessy pointed out, would not work anymore.

For Shaugnessy, a reboot is out of the picture based on this. “Other than getting a bunch of the same actors 20 years later and 20 years older together again, I don’t know how it would work,” he pointed out.

“The Nanny” ran for six seasons from 1993 to 1999. It was originally aired on US network CBS, but has since been picked up and shown by several other networks across the world. The show was created and produced by Drescher and her husband, Peter Marc Jacobson.


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