“Ageism And Homophobia” May Derail Gay Version Of “Golden Girls”
More than 25 years since we said goodbye to The Golden Girls, a gay version of the beloved sitcom is in the works.
As we previously reported, original Golden Girls writers Stan Zimmerman and James Berg have written a pilot called Silver Foxes, which centers on four retirement-age gay men in Palm Springs. A private reading of the script held last year at Zimmerman’s house included George Takei, Leslie Jordan, Bruce Vilanch, and Todd Sherry as the golden guys, plus Daniele Gaither and Cheri Oteri as lesbian neighbors.
Zimmerman, however, now says that they’ve hit a wall trying to find a network to pick up the series.
“Unfortunately, we cannot get one network executive to read it,” he explained. “Or even a producer to pass it to them. We have found ageism and homophobia alive and well in Hollywood. Hopefully a groundswell of support from the viewing public will get an outlet like Hulu or Amazon to make it.”
Zimmerman and Berg, who also wrote for Roseanne and Gilmore Girls, have clarified that Silver Foxes is not technically a Golden Girls reboot; it was actually inspired by Gen Silent, a documentary about the struggles facing LGBT seniors.