Are We Getting A Gay Male Version Of 'The Golden Girls'?
Are we getting a Golden Girls-style sitcom centered around older gay men? It's in the works and there's a fantastic cast attached.
The series, Silver Foxes, comes from former Golden Girls and Roseanne writers Stan Zimmerman and James Berg.
From The Huffington Post:
“Jim and I just wrote a pilot called Silver Foxes, about four gay men,” Zimmerman shared during an interview on Party Foul Radio with Pollo & Pearl.
“Every one of us is getting older,” he told listeners of Podomatic’s No. 1 LGBTQ podcastbefore outlining the proposed show’s obvious parallels to the four iconic Miami retirees. “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 explained.
The premise for Silver Foxes was inspired by acclaimed documentary Before You Know It, noted Zimmerman, which spotlights the struggles of LGBTQ elderly. From the film, he learned retirement communities and assisted living facilities often push queers back into the closet.
“Can you imagine?” he asked. “We thought that would be a great way to start the show.”
As for the A-List comedic cast:
An afternoon table reading of the pilot script drew George Takei (Star Trek), Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace, American Horror Story), multiple Emmy-winner Bruce Vilanch, Todd Sherry (Parks & Recreation, Life in Pieces) and long-running Saturday Night Live star Cheri Oteri.
“When they got the script, it was just hysterical,” said Zimmerman, humorously recounting how it required Jordan – “the gayest man in the world” – to “butch it up” to hide his sexuality in his old age.
“It was a pretty classic afternoon in my house,” he acknowledged. “I hope to share that with the rest of the world on a real TV show. I think it could be so great.”
We do too!!
Silver Foxes is currently being shopped around to major networks along with other outlets including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
Would you watch this series?