Linda Bloodworth-Thomason has designs on a new version of her CBS comedy hit “Designing Women.”
Bloodworth-Thomason has a script deal with ABC for an updated reboot of the popular series, which ran from 1986 to 1993. The original focused on an Atlanta design firm operated by four smart, funny women, sisters Julia (Dixie Carter) and Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke); Mary Jo (Annie Potts); and Charlene (Jean Smart). Meshach Taylor played Anthony.
The news follows a column written Wednesday by Bloodworth-Thomason in which she excoriated deposed CBS chief Leslie Moonves in The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the “Designing Women” news. In the column, she says Moonves seriously damaged her high-flying career, sidelining her for seven years.
Thomason wrote: “People asked me for years, ‘Where have you been? What happened to you?’ Les Moonves happened to me.”
According to a description of the sequel, the new version of “Designing Women” will follow “the next generation of Sugarbakers with a crop of new, young, female designers at an Atlanta interior design firm, but still with the same razor-sharp dialogue and ability to cut through the political, cultural, and social factions that rarely agree on anything.”
The series would be shot in the same style as the original: multi-camera in front of a studio audience. Bloodworth-Thomason and her husband, who was an executive producer on the original, would serve as executive producers.
If the new version were to move on to a pilot and then a full-fledged series, actors from the original would make occasional appearances, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
If “Designing Women” returned as a series, it would join a number of recent reboots and revivals, including “Will & Grace,” “Fuller House,” “One Day at a Time,” the upcoming “Murphy Brown” and the now-canceled “Roseanne.”