Golden Girls is one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. The stellar cast of Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty made everyone laugh with their late night chats, crabby insults, and wild antics. Now, a reboot of the franchise is in the works, but it will have a huge twist.
According to Unicorn Booty, James Berg and Stan Zimmerman, two of the writers from Golden Girls have created a brand new pilot for a very similar show, which would feature four older gay men living together. The show is said to be called Silver Foxes, and while no cast has been set yet, the writers are pitching the series to streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu in hopes of getting a bite.
Stan Zimmerman is very serious about the series and even recently hosted a reading of the pilot script at his own home, where he invited beloved gay actors like Leslie Jordan, George Takei, and Bruce Vilanch to partake. Todd Sherry and Cheri Oteri were also said to be in attendance for the Silver Foxes reading.
Both Berg and Zimmerman have made a career of writing for strong female characters on shows like Gilmore Girls and Roseanne, but are now trying their hand at a brand new host of characters by writing for gay men. The Golden Girls gang says that while the show is very much like Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia, and Rose, Silver Foxes is actually more inspired by the 2013 documentary, Before You Know it. The documentary features the stories of three older gay men as they live their lives in a society that isn’t used to homosexual senior citizens.
Silver Foxes could be a groundbreaking television series. Reports reveal that there are currently three million LGBTQ senior citizens living the United States, but over the next 20 years, that number will double. The show will follow its characters, much like Golden Girls did, as they navigate dating, family life, friendship, and the aging process.
“Every one of us is getting older,” Zimmerman said. “Especially with gays and lesbians and transgender, we create our own families — and that’s what The Golden Girls did. Those women came together and supported each other.”
What are your thoughts on the Golden Girls style TV series with a twist? Would you watch Silver Foxes?
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