Another reboot. Must be Tuesday.
TVLine reports that Sony is developing a reboot of the popular '90s sitcom Designing Women with original series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Designing Women, which ran from 1986 until 1993, told the story of four women and a man — a mixed bag of middle-aged widows/divorcees/former prison inmates — working at a design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. It starred Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Meshach Taylor.
The potential reboot hasn't been shopped to a network yet, but the original show aired on CBS, and we wouldn't be surprised if the network wanted back in the Designing business, especially since it also recently revived Murphy Brown. It's unclear, though, if any of the original, living cast members (Carter died in 2010, while Taylor passed away in 2014) will return for cameos. However, Potts, who currently stars on Young Sheldon, recently told EW she would be interested in making an appearance should the opportunity arise.
If ordered to series, Designing Women will join Dynasty, Magnum P.I., Heathers, Charmed, Roswell and a mountain of other reboots of '80s and '90s favorites that Hollywood is trying to repackage for a millennial audience. And this reboot could — and probably should — follow suit and cast a more diverse group of actors for the updated 2018 audience. In fact, some folks on Twitter are already campaigning for the main cast to be entirely women of color.
If someone doesn't figure out that this should be a remake starring four black women, I can't help you. https://t.co/dlhla0JfzA— Tara Ariano (@TaraAriano) August 14, 2018
Julia: Vanessa Williams— Tara Ariano (@TaraAriano) August 14, 2018
Suzanne: Anika Noni Rose
Mary Jo: Samira Wiley (#TheHandmaidsTale is short, she could do both)
Charlene: Garcelle Beauvais
Anthony: Billy Magnussen
But also, does anyone even need or want a reboot of Designing Women?