Most recently, Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills, 90210") guest-starred as a handsome support group leader who helps Fran realize that she has not moved on from her divorce. Wednesday, 8/03/11 at pm "A Kiss is Just a Kiss" When both Fran and Judi meet a man at a concert, he ends up calling Judi for a date.TV Land's "Happily Divorced" Guest Star Episode Descriptions: Wednesday 7/27/11 at pm "Someone Wants Me" Fran runs into Elliot with a beautiful woman and realizes she still isn't over him, which prompts her to try online dating. Despite her jealousy, Fran tries to show her support - but it doesn't pay off as she'd hoped. Wednesday 8/17/11 at pm "Torn Between Two Lovetts" The season finale has both Fran and Peter ready to get back into the dating game, and when they both coincidentally meet Gregory (Shaughnessy), they realize the dating world is not what it used to be. "Happily Divorced" airs on Wednesday nights at pm ET/PT immediately following new episodes of "Hot in Cleveland." Inspired by Fran Drescher's own life, "Happily Divorced" is filmed in front of a live studio audience and follows Los Angeles florist Fran (Drescher), whose 18-year marriage ends suddenly when her husband (Higgins) announces he's gay.Despite many matches, she can't stop thinking about Elliot, so she decides to pursue him again - but it leads to an awkward situation. Meanwhile, Dori resolves past issues with her friend, which inspires Fran to keep things right with Judi. Wednesday 8/10/11 at pm "Vegas Baby" After a chance meeting, Fran gives Elliot an ultimatum: Rendezvous with her in Vegas or lose her for good. And if that weren't enough, he can't afford to move out.
He even ends up poking her in the eye by accident while making a hand gesture in the midst of yet another unsuccessful attempt to break up with her.
The fact that Ayyadurai isn’t Jewish wasn’t a factor for Drescher, though she does feel strongly about her Jewish heritage.
Jewish holidays growing up were about getting together with family for meals and lively “Talmudic kind of intellectual debates” on a range of subjects.
Also making a special guest appearance this season will be Fran's nosy and overbearing mother from "The Nanny," Renée Taylor, who will play Marilyn, an old friend of Fran's mother, Dori (Rita Moreno).
Additionally, Angie Everhart guest stars as the sister of Fran's ex-boyfriend, Elliot (D. Moffett), Lou Diamond Phillips will appear as a man that chooses Judi (Tichina Arnold) over Fran, and Jennifer Holliday (Broadway's "Dreamgirls") will guest star as herself.
These days, she’s bringing her larger than life persona to the stage as the wicked stepmother Madame in a new production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre, a role she first played on Broadway last year. Every time I’m out there, there’s something I do that’s funny, so it redeems me a little bit.” Drescher has a new real-life role as well: Newlywed. Shiva Ayyadurai last September in an interfaith ceremony at their Malibu home.