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New Television Gigs For Drescher and Faison

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“The Nanny” star Fran Drescher and Clueless and “Scrubs” star Donald Faison were both approved for new TV Land sitcoms. “Happily Divorced,” starring Fran Drescher and “The Exes,” starring Donald Faison.

Hilarious actress Fran Drescher has been under the radar for quite some time, ever since her highly successful sitcom as Fran Fine in ”The Nanny” ended in May 1999 after six seasons. This show will always be one of my favorites. I watch re-runs whenever I can, even though I’ve seen every episode numerous times. It’s one of the few shows in my opinion that is a classic and will never get old to watch.

Now, 12 years after the biggest and most famous role she will ever have, Drescher is attempting the TV sitcom acting world again with “Happily Divorced.” 

She will be joined by co-stars John Michael Higgins, Tichina Arnold and Rita Moreno. The show will be set in Los Angeles and based on the real life of Drescher . Fran plays a florist who enters the dating world again after 18 years of marriage to her realtor husband (Higgins), after finding out that he is gay.

Faison has had a more frequent attendance when it comes to playing roles in television sitcoms. He got his initial fame

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 with 1995 film Clueless, in which he played the thug-wannabe boyfriend of Dionne (Stacey Dash). Then in 2001 Faison landed a role on the popular and goofy medical show “Scrubs,” where he played Christopher Turk.

“Scrubs” was cancelled last year, so now Faison is on to the next big thing, which is his role in the new sitcom “The Exes,” where he stars alongside Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche and Kristen Johnston. The show focuses on three divorced men who are living in an apartment together across the hall from their shared divorce attorney.

Both new shows have been given an allowance of 10 episodes to start off. There is no set date for release, but TV Land president Larry W. Jones hopes to have the shows debut by winter.

I’m sure Faison will be successful in his new gig, as he has constantly been acting for quite some time now. As for Drescher, however, I’m interested and a little apprehensive about the success of her new show. When an actor or actress is part of a show that was so successful, it’s often hard to bounce back from that fame after it’s gone, and it’s even harder to act in a new show that will never live up to the original. I love Fran Drescher and will always be a fan, but I know no matter how funny or good the new show is nothing will ever compare to “The Nanny.”

We’re looking forward to an amazing year working with all of this wonderful talent, Jones said

What’s you opinion? Are you fans of Drescher and Faison? Do you think the new sitcoms will be take off or crash and burn?

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