ABC Mulling New Show With “Roseanne” Costars
ABC is considering a new show starring the cast of Roseanne—without the show’s leading lady—after they cancelled the show on Tuesday. The network decided to pull the plug on the successful revival’s second season after Roseanne Barr launched yet another racist and hurtful tweet, but that’s not the end of the road for the Conners.
While the network moved swiftly to respond deal with Roseanne Barr, now that the show’s main star is out the real negotiations will begin. ABC made the right call to pull Roseanne off the air but there’s still a lot invested in the revival. ABC has to pay a cancellation fee and they’ve lost millions in potential ad revenue, while production company Carsey-Werner is still paying cast options for the second season and wants to sell something to the network. Here’s the kicker: the original show and characters were created by Roseanne Barr and Matt Williams; if the sitcom were to continue without the family matriarch. the actress would still come out ahead.
According to rumors, ABC might try and salvage the situation and launch a new show starring “The Bonners” (including costars Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman). Roseanne’s writers would be on board to steer the new show in the right direction, hopefully building bridges between the show’s audience and a more inclusive message that can elevate a potential spinoff out of this mess.