For a very long time, The Golden Girls has been beloved by many gay people, who love the sassiness of four older ladies and their chosen family. Indeed, many have said it’s a show that could be about a bunch of gay men without chaging the scripts all that much.
Now there’s a TV series in the works that’s essentially a gay version of Golden Girls, but with four older gents replacing Rose, Dorothy, Blanche and Sophia. The guys behind it, Stan Zimmerman and James Berg, even wrote episodes of the classic 1980s sitcom, as well as the likes of Roseanne and Gilmore Girls.
They’ve written the pilot for the show, currently titled Silver Foxes, and they recently had a table read to test out the material, where they enlisted the help of such luminaries as George Takei, Leslie Jordan, and Bruce Vilanch.
Interestingly, while talking about the show to Party Foul Radio with Pollo & Pearl, they said that rather than being directly inspired by Golden Girls, they got the idea after watching the PBS documentary, Before You Know It. That film follows the difficulties many LGBT people face as they get older.
However, even they acknowledge the Golden Girls parallels, saying, “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 and Berg are currently pitching the show to various outlets, including traditional TV channels and online streaming services. As yet, it’s now known if any of them will pick up the series. We hope they will.