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Originally published April 11, 2005
FORMER Dallas writer Robert Harling is busy with more than his delicious production of Steel Magnolias on Broadway. He is only weeks from turning in the finished script for the big motion picture version of Dallas to be produced by 20th Century Fox.

When I asked him if it were true that the studio is seeking Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones for the leading roles of Pamela and Bobby Ewing, he hemmed and hawed and said he'd give me an answer in a few weeks.

I won't wait for the answer. I think these two stars are definitely the producers' idea of heaven. At any rate, Harling does say, "It's all about reinventing the series to fit the year 2006 - the year we want to release the film. The story will start with Bobby and Pam meeting and getting married."

I wonder how much re-inventing is needed. Dallas, the TV series, was all about corporate greed, family dysfunction and unrestrained sexuality. It's been 30 years since the television show. I don't think 2006 will be any less greedy, dysfunctional or sexual.

A 'Nanny' no more

The premise of Fran Drescher's new sitcom on WB, Living With Fran, is older-woman-with-21-year-old-son-carrying-on-with-a guy-only-five-years-her-son's-senior. So, as not to make this a creep-out, the older woman can't look too old. (This is not Europe, where mature women can still be goddesses.)

Indeed, when we met with Drescher at the WPIX studio in New York, the actress, in her tight, low-slung jeans, tight top and shoulder-length hair, looked at the most 30. When the overhead fluorescent light was turned off, she looked a slightly fatigued 28. Her actual age is ... more than 30. Drescher attributes her well-maintained appearance to taking good care of herself, especially in the wake of her battle with uterine cancer a few years back.

It's been six years since The Nanny left CBS for syndication on Lifetime. It is now more popular than it was during its five-year network run. And it is this new audience that Fran hopes to bring over to WB. "The powers that be weren't sure about this show, everybody being so wedded to The Nanny. But then they saw it was still me - my brand of humor - and they got on board. I'm very proud of it. I think it's a place people will want to live for 22 minutes."

To sweeten the pie for Nanny fans, Charles Shaughnessy, Fran's employer and eventual husband on the old series, will appear occasionally on Living With Fran, as her ex-hubby.

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