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'Golden Girls' inspired sitcom about aging gay men in development for TV

New LGBT sitcom is inspired "The Golden Girls."
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The pitch for the new comedy series Silver Foxes must have involved a variation of the description, “Think of it like The Golden Girls, only with four gay men living in Palm Springs.”

Super Deluxe, owned by Turner Broadcasting is developing Silver Foxes written by Stan Zimmerman and James Berg who coincidently wrote a number of episodes of The Golden Girls which ended nearly three decades ago.

Other than the premise, details are scarce about the show, but it’s reportedly inspired by the 2011 documentary “Gen Silent,” a film about real-life LGBT seniors in assisted living facilities.

Silver Foxes will explore a group of three gay men who rescue another of their friends from a homophobic nursing home and move him into their desert home.

Although this sounds like the Bea Arthur classic, Zimmerman says this is not a direct reboot of The Golden Girls. But one episode does include a cameo from Betty White who played Rose on that show.

News of Silver Foxes has been around since 2016 when George Takei, Leslie Jordan, Bruce Vilanch and Todd Sherry came together for a table reading (left). 

It remains to be seen who will be cast in this greenlit version.

Golden Girls was very progressive for its time. It dealt with prescription drug addiction, gay marriage, and other controversial topics. “Silver Foxes” will do the same. Zimmerman told the HuffPo in 2017 that the show “has much to offer the world, especially after ... we had a president tweeting a trans ban in the Army and our own government arguing in court against basic rights for LGBTQ people in housing and employment.” 

Zimmerman says audience should give his show a chance because it explores a segment of the LGBT community which often gets ignored.

“Like The Golden Girls, we think audiences of all ages will respond to their wit and wisdom,” Zimmerman added.