[italic]Four older men share their lives together in a ranch-style house in Fort Lauderdale.[/italic]
Tired of living alone, Blake Debergue
places an ad in a local paper for two rooms to rent in his home. The ad is answered by Dorian McGraw and Ron Newberry.
Lyle Waggoner is Dorian--a headstrong, responsible high school teacher. He left Buffalo, New York and headed south after his wife dumped him for a young male model.
Brian Dennehy is Ron--an overly-optimistic, sometimes dim-witted but fun-loving pet store supervisor. He is a widower and a transplant from Chicago.
Robert Conrad is Blake. Also a widower, he has great sex appeal and he knows it. Originally from New Orleans, he's lived in Florida for close to 20 years. His job at a museum allows plenty of opportunity to meet members of the opposite sex.
Mickey Rooney is Solomon--Dorian's elderly, sharp-tongued father. He comes to stay with the men after his retirement home is closed due to a devastating lawsuit. Lived in Florida for decades with his wife, Sophie, before she died. He often speaks of his late wife, who was the great love of his life.
OP, I'm sure I'm being overly literal here, but you realize that all of these men are in their 80s or 90s now, right? Which, actually, is the age all of the Golden Girls would be today, if still alive, not in 1984 when the show began; Rue was only 51 at the time, actually. (To put that into perspective, Michelle Pfeiffer is older than that now.)
Also, apparently you didn't know that Robert Conrad hasn't been heard from since he killed a kid in a head-on collision while driving drunk three times over the legal BAC limit, about eight or nine years ago.
Oh, I know these actors couldn't play these parts [italic]now[/italic]. The idea of it is that the show would have started in 1985 or so, when all of these men were younger.
Well, these guys aren't exactly in their 80s or 90s--except Rooney. But yeah, it should be cast a little younger to do it now.
Solomon--Judd Hirsch or Elliot Gould
I love OP
You know only a gay man could have dreamed this all up, because he was willing to propose Lyle Waggoner as the anchor of a comedy show.
Updated character synopsis:
Lyle Waggoner is Dorian—a headstrong, responsible high school teacher. He left Buffalo, New York and headed south after his wife dumped him for a young male model. He’s not really proficient in the dating department, and prefers staying at home with a good book to going out. Dorian has a son and a daughter with his wife.
Brian Dennehy is Ron—an overly-optimistic, sometimes dim-witted but fun-loving pet store supervisor. His great love of animals and outgoing personality are his main reasons for working in a pet store. He is a widower and a transplant from Chicago. Ron has three daughters.
Robert Conrad is Blake. Also a widower, he has great sex appeal and he knows it. Originally from New Orleans (and old money), he’s lived in Florida for close to twenty years. His job at a museum allows for plenty of opportunity to meet (and seduce) members of the opposite sex. Blake has three sons and two daughters.
Mickey Rooney is Solomon McGraw—Dorian’s elderly, sharp-tongued father. He comes to stay with the men after his retirement home, Breezy Meadows, is closed due to a devastating lawsuit. Solomon was born in Scotland, and came to live in America as a young boy of twelve. He often regales with colorful stories about his early life in the Motherland, and frequently rides his bookish son (whom he affectionately calls “Tiger”) about his lack of a love life. Solomon lived in Florida for decades with his wife, Sophie, before she passed on. He talks often about his late wife, who was the great love of his life. Besides Dorian, Solomon also has a daughter.
Thankfully, the kid Robert Conrad hit while drunk didn't die. He was hospitalized for awhile with a broken arm and leg but made a full recovery, if I recall correctly.
I hope R.C. got help for his drinking problem. The guy's got major anger issues, as anybody who saw him have a hissy-fit on Battle of the Network Stars already know. Short Man Syndrome? Anyway, anger issues + drinking problem = legal problems eventually.
From Burns and Allen:
George) I have news for you Gracie, Mickey Rooney is a grown man.
Gracie) Nonsense look at this picture of him sitting in a car. And what kind of playing is that for a child/ He ought to be cuddling a doll
George) Look closer, he probably is.