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Two 'Golden Girls' Writers Want To Create A New Show About Four Older Gay Men Called 'Silver Foxes'

We are SO here for this.

If you adore The Golden Girls — and let's get real, pretty much everyone does — we have some excellent news for you. Two of the show's original writers, Stan Zimmerman and James Berg, have created a new take on the beloved sitcom by focusing on older gay men in a project called Silver Foxes in what could be a dose of laughter and storytelling we need right now.

"Every one of us is getting older. 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," Zimmerman told Party Foul Radio With Pollo & Pearl (via HuffPost), a popular LGBTQ podcast, about the bond between Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia.


Zimmerman and Berg — who both wrote for Roseanne and Gilmore Girls on the small screen as well as A Very Brady Sequel on the big screen — are currently looking for a home for the show, whether that be on major networks or streaming sites such as Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix. The major selling point? That a potential all-star cast could be attached.

Last year Zimmerman sent "cold email" intros to some out actors he wanted for the roles and, to his surprise, "everyone just jumped in" right away. This led to George Takei, Leslie Jordan, Bruce Vilanch, Todd Sherry, and Cheri Oteri attending a secret table reading last year.

"When they got the script it was just hysterical," Zimmerman, who currently has a popular series about women who identify as lesbians called Secs & Execs starring Sandra Bernhard with Berg on tello Films, said. "It was a pretty classic afternoon in my house. I hope to share that with the rest of the world on a real TV show. I think it could be great."

Zimmerman said the show's premise was inspired by the 2013 documentary Before You Know Itwhich spotlights LGBTQ elders and their struggles — particularly how retirement communities and assisted living facilities can push people back into the closet. This, for Zimmerman, was "a great way to start the show."

Having a gay version of The Golden Girls isn't exactly a far-fetched idea, especially considering how impactful it has been on the LGBTQ community. And, while it may have starred the likes of Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, it also has roots in gayness. Per Mental Floss, there was actually a gay character named Coco — played by Charles Levin — in the pilot, who was ultimately cut from the mix.

Now, perhaps, we'll get to cue up "Thank You for Being a Friend" for a whole new generation.


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