Writing Duo from Gilmore Girls and Golden Girls Is Working on Gay Retirees Comedy

Stan Zimmerman (left) and James Berg in Los Angeles, May 2017.

Writing and producing team Stan Zimmerman and James Berg are developing a comedy series about a group of gay senior citizens, reports Variety. Silver Foxes will be a half-hour sitcom that follows two older gay men and their “buddy’s younger lover,” who decide to step in and help their friend when they discover that he’s been “forced-back-in-the-closet at his homophobic assisted living facility.” The four then go on to live together in a Palm Springs house, which makes it sound like an updated male version of Golden Girls. Berg and Zimmerman were reportedly inspired to create the half-hour comedy after watching Gen Silent, a documentary about elderly LGBT folks who face discrimination in long-term care facilities.

The two previously worked together as writers on the aforementioned Golden Girls, on Gilmore Girls, and on Rita Rocks. They also received a Writers Guild nomination for penning the groundbreaking 1994 Roseanne episode “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in which the titular character shared a same-sex kiss with Mariel Hemingway. They are developing the show with Super Deluxe, with plans to sell the series to a streaming service or cable network.

Team from Golden Girls Is Working on a Gay Retirees Sitcom