Writer Stan Zimmerman has confirmed that a Golden Girls inspired show is in the works, but with a twist. Rumors have been swirling around for years about a potential Golden Girls reboot. Now the show may finally be getting off of the ground with a pretty epic cast and a new location. The hit show starred Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty and ran from 1985 up until 1992 with a grand total of 180 episodes. Stan Zimmerman told Fox News that he and James Berg have written a pilot script called Silver Foxes. He had this to say.
"It is not a rumor. It is NOT a reboot of The Golden Girls. But it is inspired by the show, a show that we were lucky enough to have written on during the first season of the show."
This is definitely exciting news for fans of The Golden Girls, especially fans who did not want to see a reboot of the popular series. Instead we'll get a show that is inspired by the original series, but only if the new pilot gets picked up.
Zimmerman went on to say that Silver Foxes will feature four older gay men living together in Palm Springs and that he had already had a private reading of the script in his living room. The cast included George Takei, Leslie Jordan, Bruce Vilanch, and Todd Sherry, which sounds like a pretty amazing idea. But Zimmerman and Berg have apparently had a hard time trying to get the show off of the ground. So far not one network has picked up the show with Zimmerman going as far as saying that they can't even get one network executive to read the pilot script.
Zimmerman and Berg have said that homophobia and ageism are "alive and well in Hollywood." That could very well be the case, but the writing duo are hoping that Hulu or Amazon will take a chance on the series with a star-studded cast. It does seem odd that the original writers for The Golden Girls are having a hard time getting a new project off of the ground or at the very least read. Hopefully somebody picks up the show soon because the idea seems almost too perfect.
Zimmerman also said that they created a role for original and only surviving Golden Girl, Betty White. He said, "we did create a role for Betty White to play. Our fingers are crossed." With or without Betty White, the idea seems at least worthy for an executive to at the very least read the pilot. The Golden Girls racked up 68 Emmy nominations during its 7-year, 180-episode run while winning 11 Emmys in total. The show received critical praise and was in the top ten for 6 out of its 7 series, which is quite the feat. TV Guide has named the show the 54th of the 60 best TV shows of all time.