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Designing Women and the Latest TV Reboots, Remakes and Revivals in the Works

Designing Women and the Latest TV Reboots, Remakes and Revivals in the Works
Everything old will become new again if the TV industry has its way. The trend of TV reboots, remakes and revivals is not going away anytime soon thanks to the success of revivals like Will & Grace, Roseanne (before the implosion), and reboots like Queer Eye and Hawaii Five-0. The latest show to possibly return from the grave is Designing Women. According to TVLine, original series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is behind the updated series. There's no word on whether any of the original show's cast, which included the late Dixie Carter and Meshach Taylor, Jean Smart, Annie Potts and Delta Burke. Sony is also reportedly working on a reboot of The Facts of Life and already assembled Helen Hunt and Paul...
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That Time Dixie Carter on ‘Designing Women’ Told Off Donald Trump: ‘We No Longer Care Who You Date’ (Video)

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That Time Dixie Carter on ‘Designing Women’ Told Off Donald Trump: ‘We No Longer Care Who You Date’ (Video)
With a reboot of the 1980s sitcom “Designing Women” in the works during the presidency of Donald Trump, it’s worth looking back to an episode of the original series that needled the future commander in chief.

In the 1991 episode “Marriage Most Foul,” the gang of Atlanta interior designs begin by discussing the short-lived marriage of tabloid staple Trump to former TV personality Marla Maples.

And at the end of the episode — in which Maples herself makes a guest appearance — Dixie Carter’s Julia Sugarbaker makes a phone call to The Donald to give him a piece of her mind.

Also Read: 'Designing Women' Reboot in the Works at Sony

“I’m just calling you to say on behalf of the American public, Mr. Trump, we no longer care who you date,” she says. “We really don’t.

“You are no longer obligated to alert the news media every time
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‘Designing Women’ Reboot In The Works

Twenty-five years after the original series wrapped its seven-season run on CBS, a revival of the classic 1990s sitcom Designing Women is in the works at Sony Pictures TV, with the series’ original creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason heading the new iteration, Deadline has confirmed.

The series, which ran from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, centers on the lives of four women and one man working together at an Atlanta interior design firm. Designing Women starred Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Delta Burke, Meshach Taylor, Alice Ghostley, Julia Duffy, Jan Hooks and Judith Ivey.

This is the latest revival to come out of Sony Pictures TV. The studio also is behind the revival of One Day at a Time, a reimagining of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, at Netflix. Deadline recently reported Sony is in the very early stages of a reboot of the 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life, with Appian Way,
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‘Designing Women’ Reboot in the Works at Sony

‘Designing Women’ Reboot in the Works at Sony
Sony has yet another reboot in the works. The television studio is developing an update of the ’90s sitcom “Designing Women,” according to TVLine.

The show’s original creator, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, is attached to lead the reboot.

Designing Women” ran for seven seasons on CBS, before concluding on May 24, 1993, sharing a night with “Murphy Brown.” You know, that other classic comedy about to return to the network.

The series centers around the fictional design firm Sugarbaker and Associates, a witty bully pulpit for caustic social and political humor. The founder of the company is Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter), a sharp-tongued but elegant and surprisingly compassionate woman. Her younger sister, Suzanne (Delta Burke), is a former beauty queen who is long on charm but a bit slow on the uptake. Their associates are Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts), a recent divorcee,
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Designing Women Reboot In the Works

Sony’s got Georgia on its mind. TVLine has learned exclusively that the studio is developing a reboot of the classic ’90s sitcom Designing Women, with the series’ original creator, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, shepherding the update. The project is expected to be taken out to the marketplace soon.

The news comes roughly one month before CBS is set to launch a revival of Designing Women‘s former time slot companion, Murphy Brown.

Designing Women debuted on September 29, 1986 and ran for seven seasons, before concluding on May 24, 1993. It centered on the lives of four women (played by Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts
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'Designing Women' TV Revival in the Works

Twenty-five years after wrapping its seven-season run on CBS, Designing Women is plotting a return to the small screen.

Series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is behind the revival, which hails from producers Sony Pictures Television Studios. 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.

Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Meshach Taylor starred on the original series, which took on subjects including women's rights, domestic abuse, homophobia ...
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Gerald McRaney reflects on winning the Emmy for ‘This Is Us’ and being nominated again for ‘wonderful role’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Gerald McRaney reflects on winning the Emmy for ‘This Is Us’ and being nominated again for ‘wonderful role’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Speaking about his Emmy victory last year for “This Is Us,” Gerald McRaney tells Gold Derby, “What I didn’t expect was my wife’s [Delta Burke] reaction to it. I’ve never seen anything like it. I refer to it as projectile crying.” McRaney may want to bring some tissues to this year’s ceremony because he’s been nominated once again as Best Drama Guest Actor for his work as Dr. K on NBC’s family drama. Watch our exclusive video interview with McRaney above.

SEEGerald McRaney (‘This Is Us’) would be first multiple Best Drama Guest Actor Emmy winner for the same role

This year’s Emmys feature many first-time nominees in the acting races, and McRaney has advice for all of them. “Take a deep breath. Just take in your surroundings when you’re there. Don’t let yourself get so caught up in the idea of winning or losing,
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Annie Potts: Dolly Parton inspired the look of Meemaw on ‘Young Sheldon’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Annie Potts: Dolly Parton inspired the look of Meemaw on ‘Young Sheldon’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Annie Potts found inspiration for the look of her character, Meemaw, on the hit CBS comedy “Young Sheldon” from one of the biggest guest stars she worked with on “Designing Women”: Dolly Parton. As she explains in our exclusive video interview (watch above), Connie Tucker may be a grandmother but she is not ready for a rocking chair just yet. She thinks the tough-talking Texan would have modeled herself on Parton who was starring in “Steel Magnolias” in 1989, the year that this prequel to “The Big Bang Theory” is set.

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To get a sense of who Meemaw was to Sheldon (played by Iain Armitage as a boy and Jim Parsons as a man), the actress binged on “Big Bang.” But as she explains, “all of that is just a departure point.” She does
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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is your favorite scripted TV show about sports? Old and current shows are fair game.

June Thomas (@junethomas), Slate

I was a big fan of the Freeform show “Make It or Break It,” about the lives of a group of elite gymnasts working toward their dream of competing in the Olympics. Even typing that sentence, I know how hokey it sounds, and yes, it touched on all the clichés about women’s gymnastics – eating disorders, overburdened parents, inappropriate relationships with coaches – but you know what, all those things bubble up in the real sport with depressing regularity.

The show had more than its fair share
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Why This Is Us Star Gerald McRaney Proposed to Delta Burke on Their Second Date

Why This Is Us Star Gerald McRaney Proposed to Delta Burke on Their Second Date
Gerald McRaney took home the very first Emmy of his nearly 50-year acting career this weekend for his supporting role on This Is Us, but the Emmys have always been good to him. After all, the award show served as the setting for one of his earliest dates with his wife, Delta Burke.

The couple, married for 28 years, showed up arm in arm at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday. McRaney won for outstanding guest performance on a drama for his turn as the NBC show’s Dr. K, and the two reminisced on the red carpet with
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‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival

‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival
If you’ve been missing Sydney Bristow, better book a ticket to Austin, TX. The Atx Television Festival announced today it will be hosting an “Alias” writers’ room reunion featuring many of the show’s long-time scribes, including Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, and Josh Appelbaum.

Creator J.J. Abrams has yet to be confirmed, but additional panelists will be announced at a later date. Last year, the Atx Festival hosted a writers’ room reunion for “The O.C.” that included creator Josh Schwartz.

Also announced this afternoon was a “Parks and Recreation” community screening. For the first five seasons of the festival, the Austin-based event celebrated an Austin-based show: “Friday Night Lights.” But last year marked the final tailgate party / community screening for the beloved series, and festival programmers found a more than fitting replacement in “Parks and Recreation.”

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Designing Women Cast Will Reunite at Atx Festival 2017

Designing Women Cast Will Reunite at Atx Festival 2017
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

The casts of two popular ’80s television series are reuniting at Atx Television Festival next year.

On Thursday, the Austin-based festival announced the cast and creator of CBS’ Designing Women will reunite for a special 30th anniversary panel. Stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook and Douglas Barr will join creator and executive producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason for the event. The festival is also planning retrospectives for Bloodworth-Thomason’s Evening Shade and Hearts Afire.

The cast of the quirky CBS comedy-drama Northern Exposure will also get together at Atx next year.
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TVLine Items: Atx's Designing Women Reunion, Heroes Star on Flash and More

TVLine Items: Atx's Designing Women Reunion, Heroes Star on Flash and More
The Designing Women are getting back together.

Cast members Delta Burke, Annie Potts and Jean Smart and guest stars Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook and Douglas Barr will join creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason for a reunion panel, marking the CBS comedy’s 30th anniversary, at the Atx Television Festival.

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The fest will take place June 8-11 in Austin, Texas.

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* Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias) will recur on The Flash, beginning with the Nov. 22 episode, as Detective Tom Patterson,
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Designing Women: The CBS Sitcom Debuted 30 Years Ago

Move over, Girls. Forget Sex and the City. The original female quartet, Designing Women, debuted on CBS 30 years ago today.Created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the sitcom centered on four women and one man who worked at an interior design studio in Atlanta, Ga. The cast included Dixie Carter, Jean Smart, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Meshach Taylor, and Jan Hooks.Read More…
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Mel Gibson: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart.
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Best of Late Night TV: Taylor Swift's Jumbotron Dancing, Britt From 'The Bachelor' Defends Herself (Video)

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

Taylor Swift was on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night, and Jimmy Fallon told her he was really upset because she dances all the time now, but that used to be their exclusive thing. They were "famous Jumbotron dancers." Jimmy shared "random" Jumbotron footage showing the two of them going for it. Love how they flip the popcorn every time. Funny bit. The people in the background are the best. Taylor and Jimmy also cemented their new Bff status by drawing each other without looking.

Kristen Bell was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to talk about Dax Shepard's 40th birthday and their two young daughters, Lincoln and Delta. They almost
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Oprah, Vanessa Williams, and other stars who got their start in beauty pageants

While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.

With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:

Cloris Leachman

Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown,
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A Belated Tribute to Meshach Taylor and His Groundbreaking Designing Women Character

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A Belated Tribute to Meshach Taylor and His Groundbreaking Designing Women Character
Because he wore women’s clothes, because he did great impersonations, because he had a high, nervous laugh that made playing it cool all but impossible, and because he was a man who wasn’t fettered by any great concern over his masculinity, Anthony Bouvier, the role played by the late Meshach Taylor on Designing Women, was one of the great enduring pleasures of my childhood.I grew up mostly in Atlanta, where the sitcom was set. My grandmother and her Buckhead friends were the kind of women who might have hired Sugarbaker’s, the design run by sisters Julia (Dixie Carter) and Suzanne (Delta Burke) Sugarbaker, along with Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts) and Charlene Frazier Stillfield (Jean Smart). For me, seeing those Southern Living–inspired interiors represented one of the first times I recognized my world on TV. That part of my world, anyway. The elementary school I
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Meshach Taylor Death: 5 Funny Moments From a Classic Scene Stealer

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Meshach Taylor Death: 5 Funny Moments From a Classic Scene Stealer
Meshach Taylor, who died Saturday, was most well known for his role as the lovable assistant Anthony Bouvier on the hit CBS sitcom “Designing Women.” He earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor while showing his comedic chops playing against Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts and Jean Smart — and always gave as good as he got. Also read: Meshach Taylor, Star of TV's ‘Designing Women,’ Dead at 67 Taylor was mainly a TV actor, but his big-screen role as the flamboyant Hollywood Montrose in the 1987 cult favorite movie “Mannequin” was a classic. Here a few of his most memorable comedic.
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Designing Women: Meshach Taylor Dies at 67

Actor Meshach Taylor has died at the age of 67. He passed last night at his family's home in Altadena, California, where he was receiving hospice care. It's reported that he had been battling cancer.

Taylor was best known for playing Anthony Bouvier, an ex-con who worked at the Sugarbaker interior design firm on CBS' Designing Women. During the show's seven season run, he co-starred with Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Alice Ghostley, Jan Hooks, Julia Duffy, and Judith Ivey.

Following Designing Women's cancellation, Taylor moved on to another CBS sitcom, Dave's World. Starring Harry Anderson, it ran for nearly 100 episodes and four seasons. He later became a semi-regular on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

Taylor guest-starred on numerous other TV shows over the years. His most recent appearance was on an episode of Criminal Minds, playing
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