An announcement that ABC is moving forward with a rebooted version of “Roseanne” following the show’s cancellation could come as early as this week, TMZ reports.
“Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … network executives kicked negotiations into third gear when Tom Werner, who produced ‘Roseanne’ through his company Carsey-Werner, got involved over the weekend in direct talks with top network brass. His involvement has all but sealed the deal,” TMZ reports. “Our sources say the network’s fine tuning last-minute details … particularly around Roseanne [Barr], who was not only the face of the show, but also served as an executive producer.”
As has been widely reported, the network pulled the plug on the series in response to controversial tweets by Barr, who would not be a part of any revived version of the show.
“ABC has been exploring the possibility of rebranding the show and focus on Sara Gilbert’s character, Darlene. John Goodman is ‘very interested’ … as is the rest of the cast and crew,” TMZ reports adding: “There is a possible snag. Although ABC seems to have good cause to fire Roseanne as both the star and executive producer, the network may be contractually bound to pay her a fee or back end or both for her participation in creating the show. ABC, of course, could argue it’s now a different show.”