With Two New Shows, Is Fran Drescher Ready for a Comeback?

Grab your ear plugs, everyone! We're about to hear a lot from Fran Drescher, the physically fetching, aurally atrocious actress best known for The Nanny. Drescher is back in our lives with not one, but two new TV shows.

The Fran Drescher Tawk Show, a daytime gabfest, is in a three-week test run (on six Fox affiliates). And now TV Land has ordered a sitcom pilot, Happily Divorced, based on Drescher's life after the disintegration of her marriage in 1999.

Sounds like the nasal beauty may be hedging her bets. That's probably smart: Not only has her talk show received woefully bad reviewsbut despite a strong debut, it's already dipped in the ratingsNot to mention the fact that her last sitcom about a high-strung divorcee, the forgettable Living with Fran, only lasted two seasons.

But before you write off the 53-year-old spitfire, consider this: Drescher wrote the pilot of Happily Divorced, and her personal life actually does sound like the plot of a prime-time sitcom. She and her ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobsen, were married 21 years before they split; only afterwards did he reveal that he was gay. Now they are good friends and producing partners, who set each other up on dates. With a premise like that, the jokes will probably write themselves.

It's unknown whether Drescher will star in the show or just write and produce it. But if she does star, there's no doubt that TV Land, home of Betty White's Hot in Cleveland, is a good fit for this eighties sitcom star. (She'll be in good company with Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli.) So maybe it is time for a Fran Drescher comeback. And if her voice still gets to you… well, that's what mute buttons are for.

Does Happily Divorced sound like a show you'd like to watch? Chime in below!

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