The Golden Girls is getting re-imagined with an all-Black cast for just one night only as part of an online event to benefit the charity organization Color of Change. Reportedly, the one-off reading will feature Alfre Woodard (Clemency), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Sanaa Lathan (The Cleveland Show), and Regina King (American Crime) portraying the roles originally played by Estelle Getty, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Bea Arthur, respectively. Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard) is directing and Lena Waithe (Master of None) will also be hosting the online watch party.
This event will be presented as a Zoom Where It Happens watch party, and watching the online special will also be as easy as signing up to receive information related to this year's election season. "In an effort to further engage our community and drive change, all you need to do to enjoy this evening is sign up to receive messages about how you can make a change during this election," the organizers state on the event page. "This event is in partnership with Zoom, and the first episode is spotlighting and supporting Color of Change - the nation's largest online racial justice organization."
Ross has further teased the upcoming Golden Girls watch party with a post on her official Instagram account. Advertising the date, the post features an image of the original Golden Girls cast which then digitally inserts the new actresses for the Zoom Where It Happens watch party. Going by the photo, it appears that the re-imagining has cast Ross as Rose Nylund, Woodard as Sophia Petrillo, Lathan as Blanche Devereaux, and King as Dorothy Zbornak. No word yet on if anyone will be stepping in to play Stanley in a surprise appearance.
Although The Golden Girls went off the air after airing seven seasons in 1992, the classic comedy series remains one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. It followed the daily lives of four senior citizen widows sharing a home in Miami, each with their own unique and entertaining personalities. Almost three decades after its final episode, the series is still very popular with fans, as action figures, clothing, cereal boxes, and other interesting collectibles based on the comedy series continue to be released to great fanfare. In recent years, a Golden Girls cruise and even a live puppet show have found great success with the show's fandom still going strong.
The Golden Girls' Zoom Where It Happens watch party is set for Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. To check it out, simply head to the official sign up page and enter your information to watch the live event this evening. As The Golden Girls is listed as the first Zoom Where It Happens watch party, we can expect to see other iconic sitcoms given similar re-imaginings in the future as well. You can also read more about the cause and donate to the charity that will be benefitted by the Golden Girls watch party by visiting the official website for Color of Change.