‘Golden Girls’ Rebooting with Black Cast

Credit: traceeellisross via Instagram

For one night only, the famous series will get a makeover.

The Golden Girls is getting an all-Black cast for a charitable performance. Alfre Woodard, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sanaa Lathan, and Regina King will star in the re-imagining of the hit 1980s comedy series. The show will air on Tuesday for a Zoom Where It Happens virtual watch party.

“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 sign up page for the event 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.”

The Golden Girls originally ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992 and starred Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as a group of senior citizen roommates living in Miami. The sitcom is considered a cult classic, having gained even more popularity in syndication.

Leading up to the charitable event, Ross shared a video on her Instagram account, which appears to show her cast in White’s role as Rose Nylund. King will take on Arthur’s role of Dorothy Zbornak, Lathan will be in McClanahan’s role as Blanche Devereaux, and Woodward will be in Getty’s role of Sophia Petrillo.


Gina Prince-Bythewood is directing the episode, and Lena Waithe will be the host of the event.

This is not the first time such events for charity have been arranged. Recently several casts, including those from Parks and Recreation and Hamilton, have reunited virtually for a special airing.

The special Golden Girls episode will stream at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST on Tuesday, September 15.

“Join us for an evening that takes a look back to the sitcoms of yesteryear — before you could pause your screens or binge watch,” the event page reads. Fans can register to join the virtual watch party on the “Zoom Where it Happens” page.

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