How Does the New ‘Steel Magnolias’ Compare to the Original Movie?

ALTReboots aren’t just happening on the big screen, they’re happening on the small screen too. Well, Lifetime is plucking Steel Magnolias from the big screen, filling it with an all-black cast, and putting it on television. This should make for a really interesting experiment. If you’re not too blush and bashful (which have always been my signature colors) let’s take a look at the cast of the 1989 movies with the cast of the updated version and see which actress reigns supreme. It’s Steel on Steel duel, and there can one victor.

Next: ALTTruvy: Dolly Parton and Jill Scott are both better known for their singing than their acting, but that doesn’t mean either would do a bad job as this determined female business owner and truth spouter. Victor: Sorry, Jill, but your African accent on The Number One Woman’s Detective Agency is much better than your Southern one. Dolly for the win.

After getting his master's degree in poetry, Senior Writer Brian Moylan started writing about television and pop culture for Gawker, The Guardian, The Washington Blade and a few other reputable publications. Brian has an honorary PhD in “Jersey Shore” studies from the University of Chicago. He's shared his often hilarious views about the tube on VH1, MSNBC, TV Guide Channel, MTV (Canada), BBC radio, and NPR. He can usually be found at his apartment in New York yelling at the TV and dodging calls from Real Housewives. He is a Taurus and likes long walks on the beach, fried chicken, and almost every reality television program ever created (especially “The Swan”).