Series FAQ



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Frequently asked questions:

1. How did Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's relationship with the Clintons inspire the creation of the show?
2. Didn't Linda and Delta Burke swear to never work with each other again?
3. Where did the retarded brother come from? Was he ever mentioned on Designing Women?
4. When did Suzanne adopt little Desiree?
5. Why all the cast changes involving Malone and Veda?
6. Who was Suzanne married to after Designing Women?
7. Did any of the characters from Designing Women ever appear on the series?
8. What happened to Consuela?
9. Didn't Suzanne have a dog?
10. What was the series' theme song?
11. Why was the series canceled?
12. Is Women of the House available on video?



1. How did Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's relationship with the Clintons inspire the creation of the show?
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Part of Linda's motivation to create the show stemmed from Washington's reaction to her and Harry's friendship with President Clinton. The press criticized the President for allowing people from Hollywood to be so visually active during his inauguration, and Linda used Women of the House to express her viewpoints on how the Washington regime has forgotten what the country stands for.

2. Didn't Linda and Delta Burke swear to never work with each other again? Top

The very public war between the Thomasons and Delta Burke on the set of Designing Women ended when the Thomasons chose not to pick up Delta's option and removed her from the series. After all of the things said in the press, the friendship between Linda and Delta was destroyed, and Delta vowed never to work with Linda again. But, when Linda came to Delta with a proposal to bring Suzanne Sugarbaker back in a new show, Delta and Linda were able to acknowledge each other's incredible talent and chemistry and rekindle their friendship.

3. Where did the retarded brother come from? Was he ever mentioned on Designing Women? Top

The character of Suzanne's retarded brother, Jim Sugarbaker, was created for this series. No mention of him was ever made on Designing Women. Suzanne's only siblings on Designing Women were Julia and their brother Clayton.

4. When did Suzanne adopt little Desiree? Top

Suzanne apparently adopted Desiree independent of any of her husbands. The little girl's last name is Sugarbaker. She makes references to Desi as a baby, but it has only been 3 1/2 years since she left Sugarbakers and Desiree is six years old, so the term "baby" must be representative of the girl as a toddler.

5. Why all the cast changes involving Malone and Veda? Top

The part of Jennifer Malone was created with Julie Hagerty in mind, but she was unavailable at the time production started, so Valerie Mahaffey was brought in to replace her. Mahaffey was listed as a guest appearance for the first four episodes until Julie Hagerty took over the role. But, Hagerty was ill-suited to the part and left after only two episodes. Mahaffey returned for one episode to write the character out. Lisa Rieffel's Veda character did not appear until the 8th episode when the series returned from hiatus in July of 1995.

6. Who was Suzanne married to after Designing Women? Top

The only knowledge we have of Suzanne's late husband is that he died at the age of 76, that his first name was Ray, and he was a Republican representing Georgia in the House of Representatives until his death. Her fourth husband -- who was between Designing Women and Ray -- was never mentioned.

7. Did any of the characters from Designing Women ever appear on the series? Were they ever mentioned? Top

The only Designing Women characters who ever appeared were Dash Goff (The Afternoon Wife) and Anthony Bouvier (Dear Diary). Julia was mentioned on two different occasions; once when Suzanne stated that Desiree was off visiting her Aunt Julia, and once in You Talk Too Much when she says "Oh, please! If I wanted to get my shorts in a bunch over Women's Lib', I could just call my sister Julia and hold the phone out for four hours."

8. What happened to Consuela? Top

Suzanne claims that her maid Sapphire Jones was once her mammy and has been with her for her entire life. Though a few episodes into Designing Women, Suzanne talked about how she couldn't keep help, and she got her new maid, Consuela, whom she kept for her entire run of Designing Women. We can only assume that Consuela stopped working for Suzanne when she moved to Japan, and that Sapphire returned shortly after that.

9. Didn't Suzanne have a dog? Top

Suzanne had a dog named Randy in this series.

10. What was the series' theme song? Top

The theme song for the series was "Something to Talk About," written and performed by Shirley Eikhard. The pilot ran the song with the original lyrics, but variations on the lyrics were used in subsequent episodes. The full theme and introduction actually only ran on the episodes where there were cast changes, such as You Talk Too Much when Julie Hagerty took over the Malone role and in Veda when Lisa Rieffel was introduced as Veda.

11. Why was the series canceled? Top

Though there were many positive reviews of the series, critics were very brutal. The press saw the show as Linda's attempts to get back at Washington for its reaction to her friendship with the Clintons and a desperate attempt to clone Designing Women. In addition, fans had a hard time adjusting to Suzanne's new supporting cast -- missing the chemistry she shared with the Designing Women. This, coupled with the problems with the cast changes and CBS's lack of long-term commitment to the series, led to poor ratings. The final straw came when CBS axed a pivital and controversial montage of women being raped, mutilated, and murdered from the end of the episode Women In Film. The scenes, which were very important to the producers and meant to drive home the message of the episode, were too gritty for the network sensors. Lifetime Television aired the remaining episodes in one block with Delta Burke as the host.

12. Is Women of the House available on video? Top

Currently, we have no information on obtaining copies of the episodes.