Designing Women ended it final season 25 years ago and it has just been revealed that show creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is developing a reboot for Sony Pictures Television Studios. Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, and Meshach Taylor starred on the original series. The show ran on CBS for 7 seasons from 1986 to 1993, earning a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series in 1988. The show and its actresses were nominated many times throughout the 7 years that it was on the air.
The Designing Women reboot has reportedly been in the making for months and Sony is currently looking for a network for the comedy series about four women and a man working together at an interior designing firm in Atlanta. The show could be heading to a streaming platform as well. It's unclear if original stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, and Jean Smart will participate in the new series. Dixie Carter passed away in 2010 and Meshach Taylor passed away in 2014. Murphy Brown was the former time slot companion for Designing Women and its reboot is scheduled to premiere next month.
Designing Women was canceled in 1993 after personnel changes and declining ratings when the show was moved to the "Friday night death slot" of 9PM. The show slipped from 6th place to 67th after the Friday time slot change. The series tackled many hot button topics over its 7 seasons including, homophobia, racism, women's rights, and domestic violence. AIDS prejudice was also discussed on the show during the second season. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's mother died of the disease and inspired the episode. Bloodworth-Thomason was also a strong supporter of Bill Clinton's presidential campaign and he and his wife Hillary were mentioned on the show often.
Designing Women actress Delta Burke famously argued with Linda Bloodworth-Thomason over the years, which led to her leaving the show at the conclusion of Season 5. Burke publicly expressed dissatisfaction with the show, stating that there were often labor disputes. She claimed that the actresses were sometimes forced to work 15-hour days without adequate compensation. Burke also claims that studio executives would block and lock the doors so that the cast could not leave during the marathon working sessions. The fallout caused tension with Burke's friend Dixie Carter as well, who sided with Bloodworth-Thomason. However, Burke and Bloodworth-Thomason reconciled after a few years and have worked together since.
The Designing Women reboot could bring back the surviving original members for a different spin on the series, but as previously mentioned, it's not clear if that's what Linda Bloodworth Thomason has in mind. She could be developing the same show set in modern times with a whole new cast. Regardless, it will be interesting to see if the world is ready for the return of Designing Women in this current time. You can read more about the Designing Women reboot over at TV Line.