Did you think “Roseanne” was dead?
Executives at ABC are suggesting whether they can salvage the hit family sitcom with a new series which will feature the show’s remaining actors.
ABC’s Network executives swiftly canceled the highly rated reboot of the sitcom Tuesday after star Roseanne Barr‘s racist Twitter meltdown — but will go back to the drawing board about building a new series around actors Laurie Metcalfe, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and the rest of the Conner crew, sources told Entertainment Weekly.
After all, the show’s producer, Carsey-Werner, is still on the hook to pay the cast’s salaries for the 13 episodes that were ordered for Season 2.
Complicating matters, however, is that Barr would benefit financially from a direct continuation of the show that she created, EW pointed out. The characters were conceived by her and Matt Williams, so the possibility has been raised about creating a show that would work around such obstacles.
Executive producer Tom Werner, who was behind the first iteration of “Roseanne” when it ran from 1988 to 1997, and Gilbert are supposed to meet with writers in the coming days, Deadline reported.
Goodman, Metcalf and Gilbert are open to the idea of staying onboard — if the right opportunity presents itself, according to Deadline.
Writers of the family sitcom — executive producers Bruce Helford, Bruce Rasmussen and Dave Caplan — are also sticking around with the network, albeit for a new show.
But sources were skeptical of a pseudo-spinoff, telling Deadline that one is “possible but not probable” and “a long shot.”