‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Inches Closer to Reality at ABC

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Less than a week after its stunning decision to cancel Roseanne, ABC is inching closer to a spinoff of TV’s No. 1 series.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network is knee-deep in conversations with exec producers including Tom Werner for a new incarnation of the multicamera comedy. Werner’s Carsey-Werner banner produced the original series and its revived 10th season, with the veteran executive said to be highly engaged in finding a way to continue the franchise with stars Sara Gilbert (Darlene), John Goodman (Dan) and Laurie Metcalf (Jackie).
Sources note that it’s likely the entire cast — sans star Roseanne Barr — and creative team, including showrunner Bruce Helford and the same writing staff, and crew would return for whatever the new incarnation is.
Multiple ideas are being discussed, including one focused on Gilbert’s Darlene as the actress was the driving force of the ABC revival.
ABC declined comment.
ABC on May 29 canceled Roseanne after Barr’s racist tweet directed at Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama. The star, who has been an outspoken advocate for President Donald Trump, later apologized and said she “begged” Disney-ABC TV Group chief Ben Sherwood not to cancel the series. (ABC declined comment, though multiple sources within the network contend that conversation never happened and Barr has since deleted that tweet.)
On Friday, ABC scheduled a meeting with producers to discuss potential ways to continue TV’s No. 1 show. Those talks are said to have heated up over the weekend with Werner highly engaged in finding a way to keep the series going. An announcement could come as soon as this week.
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