Fran Drescher Calls 'The Nanny' Cast's Virtual Table Read Reunion a 'Gift' to Fans

The Nanny cast has prepared a pandemic-time treat for the '90s sitcom's enduring devotees, one its creators developed with fans' delight in mind.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the long-running CBS series' upcoming table read, which will see The Nanny's original stars reconvene over Zoom for a read-through of its 1993 pilot episode, star Fran Drescher called the virtual reunion a "blessing" as well as a "gift" to audiences worldwide.

"We are doing this completely for the fans that have supported the show for all these decades," Drescher said during the new interview, published Sunday. "We thought, 'What better gift than to get together virtually from our living room to yours?'"

The Nanny cast's table read reunion will be available to watch online Monday at 9:00 a.m. PST, courtesy of Sony Pictures' YouTube page. Drescher—who co-created, co-produced and starred in the acclaimed comedy—is due to reprise her role as quick-witted, Queens-bred nanny Fran Fine alongside every member of the sitcom's main cast.

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According to a report from Variety, which broke the virtual reunion news on March 31, Drescher will be joined by former screen partners Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima, Renee Taylor, Alex Sternin, Ann Hampton Callaway, DeeDee Rescher, Rachel Chagall and Jonathan Penner. This will be the first time the cast has performed together since The Nanny's series finale in 1999.

"It's been a blessing and kept us all busy and active," Drescher told EW of Monday's program, billed as a "one in a lifetime pandemic performance" in advertisements on social media. "We feel like we're accomplishing something and are very excited to deliver this present. It made us feel so good to see each other. If the fans get even a fraction of the uplifting experience we had, it will be worth it."

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Fran Drescher will appear alongside former co-stars in a virtual table read of "The Nanny" pilot on Monday, April 6. Frazer Harrison/Getty

As Drescher intimated in a statement to Variety announcing The Nanny table read, raising spirits by way of classic comic relief appears to be among the event's primary objectives. Amid the global health crisis and widespread isolation directives that have accompanied it, she said the idea was conceived as a pick-me-up during "challenging times" by herself and series co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson,

"Laughter is the best medicine!" her statement began, going on to say that The Nanny cast's reunion would be "a once in a lifetime Pandemic Performance for our fans around the world who are currently stressing in isolation and could use a real upper!" In closing, Drescher noted: "It sure has given each of us a lift and we hope it does for you as well."

In addition to Monday's table read, Drescher is in the process of a developing a musical adaptation of The Nanny for Broadway, multiple outlets reported in January.