The Golden Girls is an ‘80s classic that still holds up, which is probably why you can always find reruns of it on cable and, of course, stream it on Hulu.
Now, the iconic sitcom is being reimagined with an all-Black cast. The production will take place on Zoom September 8 at 9 p.m., and it’s starring Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Alfre Woodard, and Sanaa Lathan.
This is the first episode in a series called The Zoom Where It Happens, a partnership between Mobilize and Zoom. “In an effort to further engage our community and drive change, all you need to do to enjoy this evening is sign up to receive messages about how you can make a change during this election!” the event listing reads. “This event is in partnership with Zoom, and the first episode is spotlighting and supporting Color of Change—the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.” You can sign up for the virtual watch party here—it’s totally free.
Ellis Ross gave us a hint at who’s playing who, if the graphic on her Instagram is to be believed. First you see the original cast of Betty White, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, and Rue McClanahan who then morph into the new crew. It looks like Ellis Ross will take on the role of Rose Nyland (White); King will be Dorothy Zbornak (Arthur); Lathan is Blanche Devereaux (McClanahan); and Woodard will play Sophia Petrillo (Getty).
Oh, and if you weren’t already excited enough, Lena Waithe is hosting the evening, and the great Gina Prince-Bythewood (of Love & Basketball and The Old Guard fame) is directing this episode of The Golden Girls. This is all very good news during a very tough year.
So, ladies, thank you for being a friend. We can’t wait to tune in tonight!