It’s been 25 years since Designing Women came to a close with the end of its seventh season on CBS, and as with so many beloved American sitcoms of the ’80s and ’90s we are NOT getting off this ride, ever: ABC just gave a script commitment to a Designing Women sequel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, several creators of the original series are returning to work on this new project, including Harry Thomason as executive producer and Linda Bloodworth Thomason as writer and executive producer alongside her husband (the aforementioned Thomason).
On Wednesday, Bloodworth Thomason wrote an op-ed, published by THR, in which she accused former CBS executive Les Moonves (who has already been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault and harassment) of sabotaging her career, that ends, quite inspirationally, with her telling him to “Go fuck yourself!”
The new iteration of Designing Women will reportedly still be a multi-camera comedy and, per THR, “will follow the next generation of Sugarbakers with a crop of new, young, female designers at an Atlanta interior design firm.” The original show starred Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, and Meshach Taylor. The sequel’s cast has not been announced.
“I’m very excited to be working with ABC,” Bloodworth Thomason told THR. “Normally I’m not a fan of reboots but Designing Women does seem to have the right fengshui for all that is going on right now. We could definitely have some fun.”