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 DVD? Top
The series was released on DVD in February 2018 by Questar Entertainment and can be found in the Questar DVD Store. At the same time it became available for digital viewing through Amazon Video.