Here’s good news for anyone who spent countless hours laughing at the sharp, funny banter of the Southern belles on “Designing Women.” The popular CBS sitcom, which aired for seven seasons from 1986 until 1993, is coming back to television.
Writer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is seeking to bring back the beloved program, which originally starred Annie Potts, Delta Burke, Dixie Carter and Jean Smart as friends who worked at an interior design firm in Georgia. Sony Pictures is producing the revival, but we do not yet know which channel will be home to the new episodes or who may star in it.
Potts, who stars on “The Big Bang Theory” spin-off “Young Sheldon,” indicated that she might be up for working on the “Designing Women” revival.
“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,” she told Entertainment Weekly back in March.
As fans of the original “Designing Women” know, the sitcom was hilarious, but it was more than just mindless entertainment. The show covered topics that most sitcoms wouldn’t dare touch in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including homophobia, domestic violence and racism.
The show was nominated for multiple Emmys, including an Emmy nomination for an episode that Bloodworth-Thomason wrote about AIDS. Her own mother died from the disease in 1986 due to an infected blood transfusion, so AIDS prejudice was an issue that was very close to her heart.
In the episode, a friend of the Sugarbaker sisters reveals that he is dying of AIDS. The characters learn about the disease and come to his defense when one of their rich clients say that he is getting what he deserves for his gay “lifestyle.”
Watch a clip of the Emmy-nominated episode here:
Potts acknowledged that the show was ahead of its time politically.
“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,” Potts told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
We can’t wait to see what this revival holds!