With so many TV shows rebooting and returning for extra seasons, it was only a matter of time before someone got the idea to return virtually during the current pandemic. The cast of the hit CBS series decided to do just that on Monday, but in this case they decided they would go for something old instead. The cast decided to read the original pilot script instead of going with a series update.
The cast, including original cast members Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Lauren Lane, Daniel David, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima, Renee Taylor and Rachel Chagall, got together on Zoom to entertain their fans in self-isolation. The cast were also joined by co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson and composer Ann Hampton Callaway, the latter of whom sang the theme song.
In case you haven’t seen the pilot episode in some time, it follows the story of Fran Fine (Drescher), who loses her job a boyfriend and ends up becoming the nanny of widower Maxwell Sheffield’s (Charles Shaughnessy) three kids. She thinks the job will be an easy one, but quickly finds out there’s more to it then simply watching over the children. In the episode Fine gets fired fairly quickly, but Sheffield realizes that Fine is just the type of nanny his kids need and hires her back by the end.
During the read some of the cast members managed to find costumes to help with the nostalgia factor, while snippets of the original episode were played from time to time. The show is also introduced by Drescher, who ends the feed by mentioning her nonprofit Cancer Schmancer charity which is currently helping keep people’s spirits up during the coronavirus pandemic.
You can watch the entire episode below.