Last week was a really good week for Fran Drescher and her new TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced. Not only did their ratings rise for the current episode, but they were shooting a very special finale, as well. Drescher’s former co-star Charles Shaughnessy was on set in Studio City CA to tape his guest starring appearance. But more than that, the freshman sitcom received a twelve-episode second season renewal from the network that may be single-handedly trying to revive the traditional sitcom.
“I’m really happy,” Drescher told LA TV Insider Examiner about not only the way the show was being received but crafting it as an artist in general.
“It’s inspired by my life story with my gay ex-husband, and I think it’s a very twenty-first century sitcom because in a very humorous way, it deals with the divorce, which you know, at least half of marriages end in divorce! And I think it allows people to realize that whatever instigated you getting married in the first place– whatever feelings, whatever love, whatever friendship– maybe marriage wasn’t what it was supposed to be. But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. It takes as much to be happily married as it does to be happily divorced, and maybe happily divorced is what you were meant to be.”
To hear Drescher speak about working with Shaughnessy again, please click here.
But even more than making a statement about the complexity of relationships, Happily Divorced is also showing a loving embrace of a person’s true sexual orientation. That is what a real family should do, and Drescher is glad to be able to have a platform to showcase that.
“Being tolerant of everybody’s true sexual orientation is so important and so what this century needs to be about,” she smiled.
Drescher has been an advocate for years for women’s healthcare, namely cancer research and education, as well as education and environmental issues. She has been using her celebrity to make positive changes for years, and now being back in the public eye and not only the star but also an executive producer on this new show is allowing her to shift the spotlight onto those causes in a more profound way.
“Right now we’re launching the show so the most important issue is human sexual orientation and loving and accepting people unconditionally, so that would be the initial thing, but once we settle in and everybody who’s watching the show and knows it and gets it and gets the characters, you know, we’re building a foundation, and absolutely I would love to get into women’s health issues and the environment. All of that stuff is important, and I think as writers and producers we have a responsibility,” she said.
But always in a fun, light-hearted way. Drescher isn’t out to cram her ideology down anyone’s throat but instead present the issues in a comedic way that entertain but also leave you with something to think about long after the half-hour story has come to an end.
Check out the rest of our interview with Drescher in the video chat to the left!
Happily Divorced airs on TV Land on Wednesday nights at 10:30pm.
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