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  • Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 3:04PM EDT Jean Smart wants to return to Designing Women for the potential ABC revival series
    Source: Variety

    "I’m gonna try to definitely make an appearance,” Smart, who starred on the CBS sitcom as Charlene Frazier Stillfield, told Variety last night. “As a matter of fact, I was talking to (creator) Linda Bloodworth Thomason just today. It’ll be interesting to see. She hasn’t sent me the script yet.” ALSO: Smart recalls telling 24 producers to take her first lady character off her meds.

    # TOPICS: Designing Women, 24, Jean Smart, Revivals

  • Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT Designing Women revival lands at ABC, as a "sequel"
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    ABC has handed out a script commitment to Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason's proposed sequel to her hit CBS sitcom, which ended 25 years ago. She'll be joined by her husband, Harry Thomason, who'll return as executive producer. 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 still have the same razor-sharp dialogue and ability to cut through the political, cultural and social factions that rarely agree on anything."

    # TOPICS: Designing Women, ABC, Harry Thomason, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Revivals

  • Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason: Les Moonves sabotaged my career
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    Thanks to her CBS hits Designing Women and Evening Shade, Bloodworth Thomason says she received a $50 million deal in the early 1990s to write five new series with hefty penalties for each pilot not picked up. It was the largest writing contract in CBS history. Yet when Moonves arrived at CBS in 1995, she became sidelined. "During that period, because my contract was so valuable, I continued trying to win over Moonves," she writes in The Hollywood Reporter. "And he continued turning down every pilot I wrote. Often, if he would catch me in the parking lot, he would make sure to tell me that my script was one of the best he’d read but that he had decided, in the end, not to do it. It always seemed that he enjoyed telling me this. Just enough to keep me in the game. I was told he refused to give my scripts to any of the stars he had under contract. Then, I began to hear from female CBS employees about his mercurial, misogynist behavior, with actresses being ushered in and out of his office. His mantra, I was told, was, “Why would I wanna cast ’em if I don’t wanna f*ck ’em?' And he was an angry bully who enjoyed telling people, 'I will tear off the top of your head and piss on your brain!'"

    # TOPICS: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, CBS, Designing Women, Evening Shade, Les Moonves

  • Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT Designing Women reboot is in the works
    Source: TVLine

    Creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is shepherding a potential updated version of her hit 1990s CBS sitcom about four women (and one man) who work at an Atlanta design firm, which aired from 1986 to 1993, according to TVLine. She is developing the revival with Sony Pictures Television, which was recently revealed to be working on a potential reboot of The Facts of Life. The potential revival comes a month before Designing Women's CBS timeslot companion, Murphy Brown, is making a comeback with its own revival series. TVLine adds that the Designing Women reboot is expected to be "taken out to the marketplace soon," but it's unclear if any original cast members will be involved.

    # TOPICS: Revivals, CBS, Designing Women, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Sony TV

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