October 11th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
If you live in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Orlando, Phoenix or L.A., get ready to see Fran Drescher do a lot of talking.
The former “Nanny” star, known for that distinctive voice, is gearing up to launch a daytime talk program on Fox stations in the aforementioned cities for a three week trial period starting November 26, Mediaweek reports.
The hour-long entertainment/talk show will be broadcast live from Los Angeles and will be co-produced by Fox and syndicator Debmar-Mercury, according to Broadcasting & Cable.
Fox TV stations’ vice president of programming, Frank Cicha, told B&C that Drescher "is the perfect person to bring a new 'voice,' if you will, to daytime...The female audience knows her, likes her, and we expect the show to bring energy and freshness to these time periods."
New York Magazine points out that while three weeks doesn't seem like a long time to test a show, it's not uncommon, noting that "The Wendy Williams Show" - which is produced by the same company - also started out with a trial period on Fox stations. If the program resonates with viewers, NY Mag adds, Debmar-Mercury Co. will attempt to take the show national.
Drescher told CNN in September that she was working on a pilot for the program, and that the reason she wants to do a daytime talk show is because she thinks “it's such a wonderful platform to educate women on the things that I think are important to them; everything from pedicures to politics.”
The actress, who is also a rape and cancer survivor and penned "Cancer Schmancer" in 2002, added in a statement according to B&C that "America will have a chance to see the real Fran Drescher, beyond 'The Nanny.' I'm the girl next door, a self-made woman who has been to hell and back a few times."
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