ABC to Reboot Designing Women

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    Yes the CBS show from the 1980’s and 1990’s is now rebooting over at ABC according to the article.

    Creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason will return to pen the script for the Disney-owned broadcaster.
    Designing Women just took a big step closer to its TV return.

    Twenty-five years after wrapping its seven-season run, ABC has handed out a script commitment to what is being billed as a “sequel” to the CBS comedy from original series creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason and executive producer Harry Thomason.

    The new Designing Women — which is a multicamera comedy like its predecessor — will follow the next generation of Sugarbakers with a crop of new, young, female designers at an Atlanta interior design firm. The new take will still have the same razor-sharp dialogue and ability to cut through the political, cultural and social factions that rarely agree on anything. Bloodworth Thomason will pen the script and exec produce alongside her husband, Thomason.

    The project, which has been in the works for months with the ABC deal being worked out over the past few weeks, comes from the same studio that produced the original in Sony Pictures Television. Sources say original castmembers will occasionally stop by should the new take move to series.

    “I’m very excited to be working with ABC. And Sony has always been a great partner for Designing Women. Normally, I’m not a fan of reboots but Designing Women does seem to have the right fengshui for all that is going on right now. We could definitely have some fun,” Bloodworth Thomason told The Hollywood Reporter a day after she penned a blistering guest column in which she revealed that former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves kept her shows off the air for seven years.

    Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Meshach Taylor starred on the original multicamera comedy, which took on subjects including women’s rights, domestic abuse, homophobia and racism during its run from 1986-1993. A season two episode exploring AIDS prejudice — inspired by Bloodworth Thomason, whose mother died from the disease — earned two Emmy nominations. Designing Women was nominated multiple times for the best comedy Emmy but never took home the trophy in the category. Burke earned two lead actress noms, and Taylor was also nominated.


    Annie Potts is still with us but she is Meemaw on “Young Sheldon”. But it doesn’t say the previous generation will be part of the show. Maybe she can appear occasionally.

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