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Fran Drescher and D.W. Moffett appear in a still from Happily Divorced. - Provided courtesy of TV Land

Fran Drescher's 'Happily Divorced' premieres June 15 - see photos

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06/15/2011 by Olivia Allin

Fran Drescher, who is best known for her role in the 1990s comedy series "The Nanny," debuts her new TV Land series, "Happily Divorced" on June 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The 53-year-old actress plays a Los Angeles florist named Fran who is forced back into the dating pool after learning her husband of 18 years, Peter (John Michael Higgins), is gay. Since neither of them can afford to move out of their home, they're stuck living together which makes moving on with her new man Elliot (guest star D.W. Moffett) difficult.

The show also stars Tichina Arnold as Fran's best friend and Rita Moreno and Robert Walden as her parents. Check out photos from the pilot.

The storyline for the show was inspired by Drescher's real-life marriage of 21 years to Peter Marc Jacobson, who came out of the closet after their divorce in 1999. Jacobson and Drescher co-created the series and also worked together on "The Nanny" and "Living With Fran."

"He had already been living a gay life away from me after we divorced, and he said, 'I don't want you to be shocked. I'm dating men,'" Drescher told People magazine recently.

Initially, Drescher planned to only write and produce the "Happily Divorced," but she eventually decided to star in the series as well. TV Land ordered 10 episodes of the series in March. Like early episodes of "The Nanny," the show will be taped before a live studio audience.

After "The Nanny" ended in 1999, the actress starred in shows such as "Living with Fran," "What I Like About You" and "Entourage." Charles Shaughnessy, who played her boss Maxwell Sheffield on "The Nanny," also starred in "Living With Fran." He also appeared in shows like "Mad Men" and "Days of Our Lives" and voices Land Rover commercials.

Drescher has worked to support homosexual rights since her ex-husband came out. She has also been a healthcare advocate and was appointed Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women's Health Issues by the U.S. State Department in 2008.

"Happily Divorced" premieres on June 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TV Land after "Hot In Cleveland." Watch a teaser below.

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