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From Israel, Former WPIX Entertainment Anchor Emily Frances Now Runs HowtoMomTV

A lot can happen in a few years. Back in 2010, Emily Frances was the morning news entertainment anchor at WPIX and trying to get pregnant through In Vitro Fertility treatments. Today, she is the mother of two young children and a Tel Aviv-based Internet entrepreneur.

“My husband and I are loving Israel,” Frances tells FishbowlNY after moving there from New York in September. “It is the best place to raise children. Israel is a kid-centric country where money is truly invested into playgrounds, kids activities and schools.”

“We love the fact that family is so important here,” she continues. “People have careers but the careers don’t define them. After [my four-day-a-week, intensive] Hebrew classes, I ride my bike to a place called Namal. It’s the old Tel Aviv port and has been gentrified like the Meatpacking District. I sit outside at a cafe and write my blogs, optimize my videos and do social media for HowtoMomTV.”

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Sunday Dinner Web Series Kicks Off at Scott Wolf’s House

Yahoo’s latest original series offering brings to mind Jon Favreau’s old IFC show Dinner for Five. And that’s a good thing.

The program is shorter (about seven minutes) and, ahead of future guests such as Fran Drescher, TV host Billy Bush and one-time Bond Hazzard County girl Catherine Bach, this OMG! concoction hosted by Tristen MacDonald kicks off today with a visit to actor Scott Wolf’s house. Helping the actor and his wife Kelley cook up a beef bourguignon storm are his brother, a cousin with spouse and a pair of newlywed friends.

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Fran Drescher Marks TV Return with Self-Titled Talk Show on Fox 5

What happens when you mix Oprah with Ellen?

If Fox 5/WNYW, and five other Fox stations have their way, it will be a successful three-week trial run of the Fran Drescher Show.

Drescher recently spoke to FishbowlNY about her new venture, which begins at noon on November 26 (the day after Thanksgiving).

“I like climbing new mountains. I like being challenged,” Drescher says. “I think this is going to give me an opportunity to speak about all the things I’m passionate about.”

Drescher, 53, will talk about serious topics, but you can be sure the veteran comic actress will have lighter moments. Plus, with a house band expect musical guests to pop by.

She hopes that viewers will be stimulated, motivated, inspired, and most importantly, entertained.

Drescher separates herself from the other talk show hosts by simply being herself. Read more

Fran Drescher Bringing a Talk Show to WNYW

Fran Drescher made a household name, and laugh, for herself with the popular 1990s sitcom The Nanny.

Drescher is returning to TV as a talk show host. Beginning November 26 (the day after Thanksgiving), a three-week preview will air daytime on six Fox stations, including WNYW. It’s being produced by Fox Televisions Stations and syndicator Debmar-Mercury.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring The Fran Drescher Tawk Show to daytime TV, which fits me hand in glove,” said Drescher in a statement. “It will cover all of my passions, everything from pedicures to politics. 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.”

Drescher is both a rape and cancer survivor, which she wrote about in her book Cancer Schmancer in 2002.

Debmar, which also syndicates The Wendy Williams Show among its stable of show, hopes to have a national rollout for the 2011-12 season.

Movieline Has Found Something Else Tragic About Community

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We’ve been coping with the fact Community with Joel McHale and Chevy Chase misses all of its marks. This has been very hard on us. We think Dr. Ken or Ken Jeong is one of the funniest people on the planet. So much talent. So much possibility.

And yet, Community stinks. It’s maudlin, cliche and lame. It’s the kind of show where the only charm is it can be easily translated into other languages. Yes, in South American Fran Drescher‘s The Nanny is huge.

We tried to like Community again last night. We gave it another chance. As we were watching it, we thought to ourselves,”Hm, the opening credits are pretty clever.”

And then a Movieline fan caught this. A (ahem) knife drawn through Nicole Brown? Very classy.

Get it? “Classy?” It’s a show about school. Huh? Yep, that’s still funnier than the show.

“What is Your Self-Worth?” Book Party Part Two: Sightings

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Pictured is your humble FBLA editors, Pandora Young and Tina Dupuy, with Bai Ling (also known as that chick from The Crow). Former nanny, Fran Drescher was in the crowd. Her assistant was handing out CD’s titled Cancer Schmancer. We also saw Jackie Collins scurry by.

The most shocking sighting all night was Gray Davis – former governor of California – recalled by the Terminator – Gray Davis. We actually blurted out loud, “Woah?!” When we saw him. His wife is somehow connected to Cheryl Saban, the author of the evening. Gray Davis, what a tragic political figure – he’s like Richard Nixon after he was VP for two terms, after he lost a presidential AND a gubernatorial bid – when there was all the bitter and list-making with none of the power to be the Nixonian crook we’ve all grown to love. Poor, Davis. We’ve had some bad nights and even been booed off stage – but not on that big of scale. Eep.

Al Franken Wins…A Senate Seat!

Franken_Al22.jpgAl Franken looks to the winner of the in Minnesota senate race with Norm Coleman.

And yes, Nate Silver predicted as much.

Well, it’s about time a comedian could parlay those skills to gainful employment – or at least a decent health care plan. Yay dental!

Anyway, incumbents need to watch their backs – this starts a scary precedent – they could get usurped by Fran Drescher or Carrot Top. But more likely Carrot Top.

Drescher , As In ‘The Nanny’ Drescher, Wants The U.S. Senate

fran.jpgIf she has her way, Fran Drescher will become the nanny for the U.S. Senate, filling in for Hillary Clinton when she becomes Secretary of State for President Barack Obama, New York Magazine says.

She was either eloquent or drunk at a recent New York party when she said: “My title is public diplomacy envoy for women’s health issues, and I just got back from a four-country European tour of duty. I believe next I’ll be sent to the Middle East.”

Drescher has considered her run before but has never quite made the leap. But now that Obama has jumped to a higher office, maybe what the Senate needs is a strict Nanny.

Lunch At Michael’s: A ‘Roomful of Bitches’

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We’re always kept more than occupied checking out the bold faced names in the main dining room on our weekly visits but today our radar was truly put to the test when the usually celeb-free Garden Room was the hotbed of activity with an estrogen-fueled, invitation-only lunch hosted by Peggy Siegal for Arianna Huffington. The luncheon (where no one touched dessert) brought out the most head-spinning cross-section of alpha females, power blondes and social swans we’ve seen in a long time.

The Gotham gals we spotted: Joni Evans, Karenna Gore, Naomi Wolff (who must be so proud of Al Gore‘s newfound mojo), Zoe Baird, Nora Ephron (who seemed to be traveling incognito in her dark sunglasses while checking out the dining room on her way inside), Fern Mallis, Dayle Haddon (who somehow lost her cellphone in the fray), Fran Drescher, Karen Duffy, Arlene Dahl (sporting her favorite black patent leather newsboy cap!?!), Deborah Roberts, Erica Jong, Maria Cuomo Cole, Somers White and InStyle‘s Cindy Weber Cleary. Lunchtime chronicler Diane Clehane, who was dining with OK! editrix Sarah Ivens, got the lowdown on the crowd from Joan Rivers, who summed up the afternoon thusly: “You’re better off out here! That was a roomful of bitches in there!”

Here’s a rundown of the rest of the crowd:

Table 1. A pow-wow of beauty industry bigwigs: GCI (Global Cosmetic Industry) editor-in-chief Karen A. Newman, Marc Rosen and a table full of colleagues. A photographer from Cosmetic World/Beauty Fashion hovered nearby to capture the big doings.

2. Uberagent Esther Newberg, who was spotted picking at the plate of her guest.

3. John Josephson.

4. Herb Siegal.

5. Stanley Schuman.

6. Henry Schlieff toting a Hallmark goodie bag to his lunch with newsgals Lynn White, Rosanna Scott, Jane Hansen and Penny Crone. The tireless showman was overheard asking Charles Stevenson who was seated at David Patrick Columbia‘s table about his golf game and promising to hit the links with him soon .

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