She just made her big-screen debut in Hustlers playing a stripper-turned-criminal. Now, Cardi B is rumored to be eyeing a starring role on a reboot of an iconic sitcom. Are you ready for a dose of Cardi on your TV every week?
Sometimes, a casting rumor comes along that’s so perfect, so deliciously right. This is one of those times. Cardi B starring in a reboot of The Nanny set in the present days makes so much sense. The fashion! The sass! We want it now…
This news comes straight from Fran Drescher herself. The original star of the show is a big fan of Cardi and sat down with the rapper for a meeting recently.
“That was just kind of laying out groundwork,” Drescher told Entertainment Tonight. “I do think she’s great, and she would be kind of like my top choice if she’s disciplined to do this show every week. It can be a grind, but she’s got a baby now and it could be a very comfortable, lovely way to, you know, work, be seen worldwide, and still do mini-concert tours when you’re on hiatus.”
Fran told ET that she’s not interested in doing a revival with the original characters, the way that other 80s and 90s sitcoms have done. Instead, she wants to completely reboot The Nanny for the 21st century.
“We would have to write it for somebody else, which I would be excited to do actually,” she told ET. “I could play Sylvia, the mom. And John Leguizamo could play [Fran’s dad], Morty. So, you know, we’ll see. There’s a lot of opportunities to do something fantastic with it and bring it right into the 21st century.”
If Cardi wants to add “actress” to her list of accomplishments, I can’t think of a better role for her to tackle–as long as she can keep things at least PG-13. The rapper has a famously (and creatively) foul mouth, but she can presumably stick to the script without giving the TV censors a heart attack.
The real question is whether she’d be down for the kind of grueling schedule that TV sitcoms require. Not to imply that Cardi isn’t a professional, but I can’t quite picture her filling out an employee timesheet with the kind of hours that sitcom actors work.
However, Television has come a long way since the 90s, and it would be delightful to see how the idea can be adapted for modern audiences. Honestly, they could use Fran Drescher’s original wardrobe of animal-print couture. It’d be vintage now!