Despite The Golden Girls being acknowledged as a classic multiple award-winning sitcom and gay rite-of-passage viewing, a project inspired by the series focusing on a quartet of queer gentlemen of a certain age is having trouble generating interest from television producers. Stan Zimmerman, a veteran producer and writer of the original series, which ran on NBC from 1985-92 and won 11 Emmy Awards including one for each of its stars Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White, says he’s co-written (with fellow TGG vet Jim Berg) a pilot for the new project but can’t get the script read by anyone at a major network.
Zimmerman told Fox News that his pilot script titled Silver Foxes is set in Palm Springs and a recent reading by out actors George Takei, Bruce Vilanch, Leslie Jordan and Todd Sherry was very well received. The writers have even created a brief scene for the only surviving original cast member. “We did create a one line role for Betty White to play,” Zimmerman revealed. “Our fingers are crossed.”
Even if the new series doesn’t make it on the air, the legacy of the original sitcom is secure. It’s rarely if ever not been airing in syndication, has been adapted numerous times for foreign countries including Russia and The Philippines and is even the subject of an irreverent stage production in Los Angeles featuring drag performers Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, Sam Pancake and Drew Droege.
Watch the intro to the Dutch sitcom adaptation below.