The latest “classic” sitcom that’s being positioned for a reboot — with the creator of the original series on board — is “Designing Women,” which ended a seven-year run on CBS 25 years ago.
“Series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is behind the revival, which hails from producers Sony Pictures Television Studios,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports. “The project has been in the works for months as the indie studio searches for a home for its revival of the comedy about four women (and one man) working together at an interior designing firm in Atlanta.”
The original series starred Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Meshach Taylor, but the show underwent some big cast changes as it approached the end of its run.
“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,” THR reports, noting that Duffy was was replaced by Judith Ivey in the seventh and final season.
THR adds: “Carter passed away in 2010; Potts is a series regular on ‘The 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.'”