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Recast The Nanny and Win a Prize!

Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

As the show's official website points out, The Nanny was a matter of "blue collar meets blue blood," with the Queens-bred Franny Fine (Fran Drescher) bringing some of her straightforward, nasally attitude to one lucky Upper East Side family. One might say it's like Gossip Girl meets Ugly Betty — but with Fran Drescher.

If you could recast this '90s sitcom, who could you put in Franny Fine's role? Then there's the wealthy family she joins up with: Maxwell Sheffield and his three kids, Maggie, Brighton, and Grace. Niles the butler played a big enough role to include, as did Maxwell's business partner, C.C. Babcock.

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, Jan. 8, complete with a "new" cast photo. And thanks to reader ChrissyBaby for this recast suggestion!

To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,


Characters to recast:
Fran Fine (Fran Drescher)
Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy)
Maggie Sheffield (the oldest daughter, played by Nicholle Tom)
Brighton Sheffield (the son, played by Benjamin Salisbury)
Grace Sheffield (the youngest daughter, played by Madeline Zima)
Niles (Daniel Davis)
C. C. Babcock (Lauren Lane)

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Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
Fran Fine- Reese Witherspoon with brown hair Mr Sheffield- Heath Ledger Maggie Sheffield-Mika Boorem Brighton Sheffield-Max Lloyd-Jones Grace Sheffield-AnnaSophia Robb Niles-Matthew Lewis (Neville in Harry Potter) C.C. Babcock- Laura Prepon
supertramp supertramp 8 years
Fran Fine-Lauren Graham Maxwell Sheffield-Hugh Grant Maggie Sheffield-Jena Malone Brighton Sheffield-Frankie Muniz Grace Sheffield-Elle Fanning Niles-Hugh Laurie C.C. Babcock-Melinda Clarke
kersalli kersalli 8 years
Megan921: Ricky Gervais is a great choice for Niles!
megan921 megan921 8 years
Fran Fine - Adrianne Curry (pretty but uncouth and rough around the edges) Maxwell Sheffield - Dougray Scott Maggie Sheffield - Kay Panabaker Brighton Sheffield - Angus T. Jones (from Two and a Half Men) Grace Sheffield - Emerson Tenney (Teri Hatcher's daughter) Niles - Ricky Gervais (Who wouldn't love it?) C. C. Babcock - Amy Adams (Can play mean/manipulative, think "The Wedding Date")
alynn alynn 8 years
I decided to cast all of the Sheffield kids out of the UK. Here goes... Fran Fine - Drea de Matteo Maxwell Sheffield - Anthony Head (Giles from Buffy) Maggie Sheffield - Emma Watson Brighton Sheffield - Ed Sanders (Toby in Sweeney Todd) Grace Sheffield - Georgie Henley (Lucy in The Chronicles of Narnia) Niles - Ricky Gervais C. C. Babcock - Elizabeth Perkins
ChrissyBaby ChrissyBaby 8 years
Fran Fine: Ana Ortiz Maxwell Sheffield: Hugh Grant Maggie Sheffield: Evan Rachel Wood Brighton Sheffield: Michael Cera Grace Sheffield: Dakota Fanning Niles: Colin Firth C. C. Babcock: Reese Witherspoon
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 8 years
I never watched this show, but I love seeing everyone's ideas! Good luck!
catschi catschi 8 years
Fran Fine - Juliette Lewis Maxwell Sheffield - Pierce Brosnan Maggie Sheffield - Melissa Joan Hart Brighton Sheffield - Jude Law Grace Sheffield - Jodie Sweetin Niles - Christopher Walken C. C. Babcock - Cate Blanchett
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
The first person to pop in my head was Debi Mazar for Fran and i can't think of anyone for the other people. I agree with LaneyLaney - Hugh Laurie would make a good Maxwell
blondie0087 blondie0087 8 years
Fran: Amy Adams Maxwell: Colin Firth Maggie: Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girls) Brian: Joe Prospero Grace: Miffy Englefield (The Holiday) Niles: Hugh Grant CC: Lisa Kudrow
foudini foudini 8 years
Title role: Rosie O'Donnell or Kathy Griffin (Ha!) Max: Gerard Butler Mag: Rumer Willis (eep) Bri: Chris Griffin Gra: Suri Cruise or some other celebuspawn Niles: Steve Carell C.C.: Kathy Griffin or Rosie O'Donnell
kersalli kersalli 8 years
My picks are below. Some of the choices, especially the kids, are for “lesser known” actors but I think they’d make a convincing family. Fran Fine - Sandra Bullock (she’s good with physical comedy/pratfall type stuff that the Nanny was about) Maxwell Sheffield – Patrick Dempsey Maggie Sheffield – Olivia Thirlby (from Juno) Brighton Sheffield – Nathan Gamble Grace Sheffield – Rachel Covey (the little girl from Enchanted) Niles – Toby Jones C. C. Babcock – Sharon Stone It took me awhile with this one. It's somewhat of a random list but I think it works.
jlgb4008 jlgb4008 8 years
Kimora Lee Simmons should at least play Fran Drescher's part. They are both annoying but both think that they are Fabulous. As for the others... I don't know
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Fran Fine - Lisa Edelstein Maxwell Sheffield - Colin Firth Maggie Sheffield - Blake Lively Brighton Sheffield - Cameron Bright Grace Sheffield - Elle Fanning Niles - Hugh Laurie C. C. Babcock - Melora Walters
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
switched things up a little fran fine- sarah silverman max sheffield- hugh laurie maggie sheffield- emma roberts brighton sheffield- lucas grabeel grace sheffield- anasophia robb niles- ricky gervais CC Babcock- nicolette sheridan
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