A popular 1990s sitcom is a big step closer to returning to TV, with ABC handing out a script commitment to a “Designing Women” reboot, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
The project, being billed as a sequel to the original CBS series, has original series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and executive producer Harry Thomason on board.
The news comes 25 years after the original sitcom wrapped up its seven-season run on CBS in 1993.
“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,” THR reports. “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.”
Sony Pictures Television, which produced the original show, is again producing.
“Sources say original castmembers will occasionally stop by should the new take move to series,” THR adds.