The Roseanne show’s recent reboot had drawn many old fans and new fans to watch the show’s comeback on ABC, but the fun times and success of the show were short-lived when the main character Roseanne Barr went on to Twitter and spewed racist remarks directed at former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. This prompted ABC to immediately cancel the show and everyone lost their jobs. Roseanne apologized several times and insiders are even saying that she begged the ABC network not to cancel the show but it was too late, the damage had been done. ABC had to stick to their decision as so many people tweeted and expressed that ABC had done right by showing that they had zero tolerance for racism on their network.
Channing Dungey, the President of ABC Entertainment said in a statement, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” Sarah Gilbert who plays Darlene on the show also said she stood by ABC’s decision.
The new spinoff that could come to light for next year’s ABC line up would center around Gilbert’s character. The writers and producers on the previous show as well as the stars of the show John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, are said to be tentatively on board. Roseanne for her part would not be part of the show and would be entitled to any fees the show produces but would have to waive those rights before any such show could proceed. Gilbert had been instrumental in getting the old cast for the now one-off revival season.
According to sources inside ABC, “ABC and Carsey-Werner declined to comment, and sources caution that the precarious nature of the negotiations and Barr’s volatile disposition could change the situation before a deal is closed. Even if Barr signs off on the spinoff, ABC would still need to pick it up officially.”
So the question remains can a show about Roseanne Barr without Roseanne Barr in it be successful? In my opinion, no! Other networks have had to do the same when their main characters were no longer part of the show. On the show “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” the show fizzled after the death of John Ritter’s character in real life and let’s not forget “2 1/2 Men,” the show was never the same after Charlie Sheen was fired for his crazy antics and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher.