Co-Showrunner Exits ‘Roseanne,’ New Writers on the Way

May 18, 2018  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s hit “Roseanne” reboot will have a key change behind the cameras when the show returns for its next season. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that co-showrunner Whitney Cummings will not be back for the expanded 13-episode season.

Bruce Helford, who has been co-showrunner along with Cummings this season, will be the lone showrunner next season.

THR quotes Helford saying this morning: “I think Whitney is going to be too busy. Whitney is always a member of the family of the show but she’s got so much going on. I don’t know how she had time to work on the show in the first place. I don’t think she’ll be able to join us in the capacity she was joining us in this first season.”

“Set to return for season 11 — which will bow in the fall and be back for 13 episodes — are Wanda Sykes and Norm MacDonald, among other writers,” THR reports. “Helford also noted that the multicamera comedy would be bringing in new voices to expand the inclusivity of the room. Joining the writing staff are queer author, writer and comedian Ali Liebegott (Amazon’s ‘Transparent’); Emily Wilson (‘AP Bio’); comedian Jena Friedman — who has written for ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ and ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and whose stand-up set on ‘Conan’ impressed star Roseanne Barr; and Ted Jessup (‘Family Guy’).”

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