‘Designing Women’ TV Sequel Lands at ABC

'Designing Women'

Designing Women just took a big step closer to its TV return.


Twenty-five years after wrapping its seven-season run, ABC has handed out a script commitment to what is being billed as a “sequel” to the CBS comedy from original series creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason and executive producer Harry Thomason.


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 still have the same razor-sharp dialogue and ability to cut through the political, cultural and social factions that rarely agree on anything. Bloodworth Thomason will pen the script and exec produce alongside her husband, Thomason.


The project, which has been in the works for months  with the ABC deal being worked out over the past few weeks, comes from the same studio that produced the original in Sony Pictures Television. Sources say original castmembers will occasionally stop by should the new take move to series.


The Designing Women sequel arrives as reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming platforms look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered landscape that is expected to top 500 scripted originals this year. Key to them is having the original producers involved — which Designing Women has with Bloodworth Thomason and Sony, whose Columbia Pictures was the studio behind the original.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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