In interview with radio 106.7 earlier this month, , Katharine McPhee hinted a return to television.
“I’ve got a project that starts in February, but they haven’t announced it,” Kat teased in an interview with 106.7 earlier this month, Noting that the producers were very particular about revealing the project, the American Idol season 5 runner-up would say no more.
And now the secret appears to be revealed. US Weekly reports that the singer/actress signed a deal to star in “a sitcom-type series similar to The Nanny, but will play a Southern woman,” according to sources.
The Nanny, a CBS sitcom, aired from 1993 to 1999, and starred Fran Drescher as Fran Fine, a Queens-based fashionista who moves in as the nanny for a wealthy New York City family.
The comedy will also include singing, according to the US report. It won’t be Katharine’s first time starring in a scripted series featuring music. She led the NBC musical drama Smash for two seasons from 2012-2013. The music from that short-lived series has a cult following to this day. Katharine’s next TV project was the non-singing CBS procedural Scorpion, which ran four seasons from 2014-2018.
Currently, Katharine stars as Jenna in Waitress on Broadway, where she’ll continue until the show closes on January 5, 2020.
Earlier this year, Katharine married music producer David Foster. “Exactly 13 years ago today my very first single, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, was released right after Idol. Today… I’m marrying the man who produced it,” she wrote on Instagram at the time about her 70-year-old husband. “Life is full of beautiful coincidences, isn’t it? Thank you for taking me over the rainbow, David.”