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‘Designing Women’ Revival in the Works at ABC

Proposed New Version Will Again Focus on Designers in Atlanta

ABC has given a script commitment to a reboot sitcom from “Designing Women” creators Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Harry Thomason, which aired on CBS from 1986 to 1993 and was the network’s attempt to capitalize on the then success of NBC’s “The Golden Girls.” Sony Pictures Television is the studio behind the potential series. 
News of the show’s movement toward, which was originally reported last month, came on the heels of Linda Bloodworth Thomason publishing a blistering column about her years of experience working with former CBS chairman Les Moonves.  

This potential new version of “Designing Women” on ABC will, like the original, be a multi-camera comedy and focus on a new group of female interior designers. No casting has been announced.

“Designing Women” originally starred Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts and Jean Smart.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. The networks penchant to rehash the past continues to reduce the list of network shows I feel compelled to try/watch. I loved Designing Women in the 80’s, I do not, however, need more of it. I refuse to believe that there are no quality original ideas being pitched to the networks. Just look at all the quality programming being presented elsewhere. Somehow, the network programming departments are broken and they need to evolve before it’s simply too late. As consumers, we no longer “need” the networks for anything. If they don’t give us something compelling to watch, we’ll just continue to go elsewhere. And once someone has gone elsewhere, it’s only going to get hard to regain their attention.

    • Netflix, Amazon any other streaming service sign on for reboots just like the networks reboots will always be rehash with different story ideas what I’m saying is everyone signs on for a reboot of show and I’m fine with it I have no problem with it. I wasn’t ever into Designing Women as that was when my bedtime was when it came on at 9:30PM only watched it if I wasn’t in school or like Christmas break or spring break my grandma would watch repeats on Wood TV had syndie rights for Designing Women came on at 4PM in 90 & 91 I believe.