“Will & Grace” did it, “Roseanne” did it, “Murphy Brown” is doing it and now “Designing Women” will be joining the popular trend of a sitcom revival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julia Sugarbaker, Suzanne Sugarbaker, Mary Jo Shively and Charlene Frazier are returning to the small screen.
Sony pictures and original series creator, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason are behind the reboot of the 1980s sitcom that starred Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Dixie Carter and Meshach Taylor.. The original show ran for seven seasons from 1986-1993 and centered around four women and a man working at an Atlanta-based interior design firm.
As “Designing Women” joins a long list of shows that are enjoying a revival, The Hollywood Reporter adds that the female led show is of interest as broadcasters look to reboot hit comedies that help speak to the state of the politically divided country.
The original show was no stranger to socially sensitive issues such as women’s rights, homophobia, AIDS and racism. Who can forget the emphatic speeches Julia Sugarbaker so eloquently and powerfully conveyed, teaching us a new lesson each and every week.
As rumors of the reboot swirled earlier this year, co-star Annie Potts, who portrayed Mary Jo Shively, revealed she’d be open to a reboot.
“I would love that,” Potts 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.”
No word on what shape the show will take with the reboot or even if the original women will be returning. Dixie Carter passed away in 2010 and Meshach Taylor passed away in 2014, leaving Delta Burke, Jean Smart and Annie Potts to take the helm of Sugarbakers & Associates.
One thing is for sure, if the original cast members don’t return, Sugarbakers will be out of business again before we know it.