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Designing Women: ABC Commits to Sequel of Linda Bloodworth-Thomason Sitcom

ABC is designing something exciting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has greenlit a sequel to the '80s TV show Designing Women.

From Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the original comedy centered on an Atlanta-based interior design business and the four women who run it. The cast included Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Meschach Taylor, Jean Smart, Delta Burke, Alice Ghostley, Jan Hooks, and Judith Ivey. The series ran on CBS from 1986 to 1993.

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'Designing Women' Sequel Series In The Works — The Reboot Wave Continues

Everything old is definitely new again — with word that ABC is looking at a reboot sequel series to the 1986 until 1993 groundbreaking TV show, Designing Women. That show's creator, Linda Bloodworth Thomason, is returning to serve as executive producer and write the script that the network has put into development. The original is set at Sugarbaker & Associates, an interior designing firm, run by four women. It stars Dixie Carter as the president of the company, Julia Sugarbaker; Delta Burke as Julia's ex-beauty queen sister and a silent partner at the firm, Suzanne Sugarbaker; Annie Potts as head designer Mary Jo Shively, and Jean Smart as officer manager Charlene Frazier. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "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. The new take will
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Designing Women Sequel Lands at ABC

Designing Women Sequel Lands at ABC
ABC is rolling out the red carpet — or at least hanging up the red drapes — for the Designing Women. A sequel of the Emmy Award-winning comedy, which ran from 1986 to 1993 on CBS, has received a script commitment from the Alphabet Network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Original series creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason and executive producer Harry Thomason are behind the new multi-cam series, which will “follow the next generation of Sugarbakers with a crop of new, young, female designers at an Atlanta interior design firm.”

“I’m very excited to be working with ABC,” Bloodworth Thomason tells THR. “And Sony
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‘Designing Women’ Revival Lands At ABC

‘Designing Women’ Revival Lands At ABC
ABC has given a script commitment to what is described as a “sequel” to the classic 1990s sitcom Designing Women, with the series’ original creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason heading the new iteration, Deadline has confirmed. The previously announced project had been in the works at original series producer Sony Pictures TV, which also is producing the new version.

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.

Written by Bloodworth Thomason, the sequel 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
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‘Designing Women’ Sequel Heads to ABC With Script Commitment

The “Designing Women” sequel has found its home. ABC has handed out a script commitment to the project from Sony TV and original series creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The project is described as a “sequel” to the CBS comedy. Bloodworth Thomason will write the script and executive produce alongside her husband, Harry Thomason.

The “Designing Women” sequel is a multicamera comedy, just like the original, and will follow the next generation of Sugarbaker women with a crop of new, young, female designers at an Atlanta interior design firm.

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

Sources told the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported news of the deal, that original cast members will occasionally stop by the new show, should it be picked up to series at ABC.

Designing Women” ran for seven seasons on CBS, before concluding on
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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

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Twenty-five years after the original series wrapped its seven-season run on CBS, a revival of the classic 1990s sitcom Designing Women[/link] 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

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‘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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Gerald McRaney On Emmy Success With ‘This Is Us’, Possible Season 2 Return

At age 70, This Is UsGerald McRaney landed his first Emmy nomination and first win for playing Dr. K, aka Dr. Nathan Katowski, on the NBC drama. The win left McRaney in disbelief, he said later backstage Sunday night. “My first thought was, ‘Did I hear that right?’ and when Delta (his wife Delta Burke) started reacting, I thought, ‘Well I guess I must have.’ So I went up on stage and I’m glad I heard it right because it would have been awfully embarrassing if I went and…
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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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‘Designing Women’ & ‘Northern Exposure’ Reunions Set At Atx Television Festival

The sixth Atx Television Festival is beginning to roll out its first panels and programming for the fest set for June 8-11 in Austin, TX. Highlights include reunions for groundbreaking comedy series Designing Women and iconic drama Northern Exposure. To mark the 30th anniversary of Designing Women, Atx’s reunion will feature creator/Ep Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, along with stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook, and Douglas Barr. Northern…
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