Tracee Ellis Ross leads an all-Black cast ‘remix’ of ‘The Golden Girls’

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross will play the part of Rose for a “Golden Girls” table read on Zoom.
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Meet the new “Golden Girls.”

Actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan are joining forces Tuesday for a live table read of “Golden Girls” as part of “Zoom Where it Happens,” a new series launched by Black women in Hollywood encouraging Americans to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

“‘Zoom Where It Happens’ is an opportunity to bring people together for joyful, entertaining cultural gatherings that also work to support action-oriented organizations that are uplifting communities by registering voters and increasing civic engagement,” Ross said in a statement.

Here are all the details about tonight’s premiere episode, including how to watch and who’s playing whom.


What time is the show, and where can I watch it?

The first episode of “Zoom Where It Happens” will stream tonight at 6 p.m. Pacific on Zoom. Anyone can register online for free access to the virtual event, as well as voting updates from various social impact organizations. Tuesday’s show will spotlight the online racial justice organization Color of Change.

Subsequent installments of “Zoom Where It Happens” will air live every Tuesday night at the same time until Nov. 3 — the day of the 2020 presidential election.

“When you combine cutting edge technology and some of the most creative minds in entertainment, incredible things happen,” said Zoom CMO Janine Pelosi in a statement. “It is an honor to partner with this dynamic group of artists on this nostalgic series with bold intention.”

Who’s playing whom?

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s take on the 1986 “Flu” episode of “Golden Girls” will star Ross as Rose (originated by Betty White), King as Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Lathan as Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Woodard as Sophia (Estelle Getty).

Other creatives involved with this week’s episode include Issa Rae, Cynthia Erivo, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Rashida Jones, Channing Dungey, Ryan Bathe, Karen Richardson, Stefanie James, Quentin James, LaTanya Richardson, Aisha Hinds and Ava DuVernay. Stephanie Allain and Lena Waithe will serve as producer and host of the show, respectively.

“We are Black women, citizens, and voters, and we are in this fight,” Prince-Bythewood said in a statement. “We were inspired to come together as artists to create dope content that will both entertain and bring our communities together around voting.”


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