ABC continues to try to get a “Roseanne” spinoff on track without Roseanne Barr, but the Writers Guild of America “has made it clear any series will retain the comedian’s credit,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reported over the weekend.
As we reported last week, Barr, who was fired from the “Roseanne” reboot over a racist tweet, appears to be trying to help get the spinoff going and has suggested she would be willing to do without any profits from the new series.
“Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Roseanne Barr has agreed in principle to walk away from the characters she helped create in order to allow ‘Roseanne’s’ cast and crew to pursue a spinoff,” THR reports.
The report adds: “ABC and producer Carsey-Werner are insisting that Barr not participate financially or creatively in the proposed spinoff, which is said to revolve around the character played by Sara Gilbert. Other ‘Roseanne’ writer-producers and cast members, including John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, are said to be tentatively on board (they would receive the same fees as previously negotiated for the second season of the ‘Roseanne’ revival, which was ABC’s top-rated program this season).”
The report notes that the original series was created by Matt Williams but is also credited as “based upon a character created by Barr.” Because of that, according to THR, Barr must waive her rights to fees and backend for a spinoff to proceed.
“With Barr having tentatively agreed to do so, now the negotiation is over what, if any, one-time payment she should receive as ‘go-away money,’ as one source puts it,” THR adds.