Rosie O’Donnell and Fran Drescher to get new sitcom together

Rosie O’Donnell may be off the talk show circuit, but the outspoken and controversial comedian isn’t going to stop appearing on television any time soon. Fran Drescher, the former star of long running sitcom “The Nanny,” told In Touch that she’s in development for a new sitcom with Rosie O’Donnell called “The New Thirty.”

Will Fran Drescher and Rosie O’Donnell be the next comedy dream team? “We’re in development for a new sitcom called ‘The New Thirty,'” Fran told In Touch at a Friar’s club lunch honoring her work with her Cancer Schmancer nonprofit organization. “It’s basically about middle-aged women on the verge of a midlife crisi. We play old high school friends – who live in the same building in Manhattan – who are living very different lives…. I love Rosie and I’ve known her for many, many years,” says Fran.

[From In Touch, print edition, June 2, 2008]

Fran has an very distinct voice that a lot of people find annoying in large doses, but she’s also funny and you could see a sitcom with Rosie working. Rosie is a talented comedic actress and a sitcom might be a decent way for her to get back in the public’s good graces – As long as she’s reading someone else’s lines and doesn’t say anything offensive.

Rosie most recently starred in a revival of in “No, No Nanette” for four days, from May 8 to May 12, on Broadway, which received mixed reviews. Critics praised her comedic timing and tap dancing skills but some said the show was a little Wikipedia describes it as “a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all women’s cancers be diagnosed while in Stage 1, the most curable stage.” Drescher was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2000, but it was caught at stage 1 and she did not have to have chemotherapy.

Rosie described their upcoming sitcom as a “Fun, happy family comedy” in a video entry on her blog, but has provided no further information about it. You may have heard this before as the story has been out for a while, but it was definitely news to me.

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  1. Syko says:

    ….adding this one to the ever-growing list of TV shows I will not be watching…

  2. DogRunner says:

    Yup, I am going to have to pass on this one as well….

  3. AC says:

    i dunno. they’re both crazy funny… it would work if the script is good. If i had a TV i’d give it a chance probably.

  4. Meredith says:

    I happened to see The Nanny today and remembered just how irritating Fran Drescher is. Combine her with Rosie and it’s just not a good thing.

  5. Kevin says:

    Can anyone post a clip of Rosie dancing? That would be awesome!!! Kinda like like the dancing bear on Capt. Kangaroo….when she ges done someone should drop a gazillion ping pong balls o her head!!

  6. Lauri says:

    What a shame. I really like Drescher; she is funny. But I simply will not watch anything with O’Donnell in it.

  7. elisa says:

    Fran Drescher’s voice made me want to kill myself. I will not be watching.

  8. Leandra says:

    I just hope it’s on a channel that I get as I don’t get all of them. I think this would be great.

  9. Lisa says:

    Don’t tell anyone, but I’ll watch it. I adore Fran but Rosie I have never liked. They should replace her with Rosanne!! (<Joking!)

  10. Trillion says:

    2 of the most hard to listen to voices together at last…
    But guaranteed doses of chutzpah.

  11. Ron says:

    How can you pass on this?! The trainwreck possibilities alone make me want to see it. Let’s add Brett Butler to it too!

  12. Jen says:

    Honestly, I’d rather watch flies fuck.

  13. Devilgirl says:

    I doubt that this will last beyond two or three shows. Talk about an early season cancellation.

  14. Donaldo says:

    Please, God. No more Rosie!!

  15. ak says:

    O’Donnell and Drescher get a new sitcom together, and dogs all over the US collapse in aural pain.

  16. Silly Lilly says:

    wow such grouches… I think they are funny as hell and I will full out watch it. Lord knows it will be better than the crud currently on tv.

  17. chamalla says:

    Heh, I love the bawdy, blue collar women of comedy. I bet this will be a really funny show. If they really did add Roseanne and Brett Butler, I can honestly say I’d Tivo it.

    *hangs head*

    we all have our weaknesses….. right? 😳

  18. kate says:

    holy god…my ears cannot take both their voices in one show.

  19. Linda says:

    I will ABSOLUTELY watch this show. Fran is hilarious, nasal voice or not, and Rosie is a very thought-provoking individual. You may not like her, but she’s pretty darn smart. Most of what gets printed in the media is crap, so check out her blog on her website. She’s outspoken, but she is not stupid.