Get out your gladiator-sized shoulder pads, your jewel-toned satin blouses, and back-comb your hair to high heaven because THE SUGARBAKER WOMEN ARE COMING BACK!
During its legendary run from 1986 to 1993, Designing Women humorously tackled on a number of controversial subjects including women’s rights, domestic abuse, homophobia and racism. Now, 25 years it went off the air, series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is plotting its return to the small screen.
The project has been in the works for months as the indie studio searches for a home for its revival of the comedy about for women (and one man) working together at an interior designing firm in Atlanta.
Designing Women is of particular interest as broadcasters look to reboot hit comedies that help speak to the state of the politically divided country. ABC found huge ratings success with Roseanne, which represents the working class in middle America. CBS recently rebooted Murphy Brown with star Candice Bergen for next season and NBC has renewed its Will and Grace revival through 2020.
It’s also worth noting that [former cast member Annie] Potts recently acknowledged the climate is right for a Designing Women reboot. “I would love that,” she recently told EW. “I don’t know when I’d find the time for it, but I think that they could use a show like Designing Women — feisty smart women that didn’t take any B.S. from anybody. Every Monday night was a #MeToo moment for us, and we were talking about it; we were very political. I’m sad that there’s not such a strong voice, I don’t think, in any singular show. Nobody is doing what we did then. So yeah, if [creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason] wanted to write six episodes and do it in my hiatus, I would be there in a minute.”
Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Meshach Taylor starred in the original series, although in the last few seasons there were many, many cast changes that led to a steady decline in the quality of the show.
Julia Duffy and Jan Hooks replaced Burke and Smart in season six after Burke was fired from the show in a vote left to the cast after going public with complaints about producers, while Smart opted to exit of her own accord. (Duffy was not brought back for the seventh and final season and was replaced by Judith Ivey.)
Of the original cast…
Carter passed away in 2010; Potts is a series regular on Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon; Taylor died in 2014; Smart is a series regular on FX’s Noah Hawley Marvel drama Legion; and Burke, who is married to This Is Us favorite Gerald McRaney, last acted on TV in a 2009 episode of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.
I’m guessing the reboot, then, would feature an all-new cast taking on the modern-day issues of Trump’s Amerikkka.