‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Update: Roseanne Barr Agrees To Waive Rights To Spinoff ‘Darlene’
In the wake of Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweet regarding Valerie Jarrett, nationally-ranking sitcom Roseanne was canceled, but a spinoff centered on Darlene (Sara Gilbert) is edging closer to becoming a reality.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barr has given up control of the characters she helped create. She also waived her rights to the show, which was necessary in order for a reboot to follow through.
Reportedly, the next step is for Barr to accept some one-time “go-away” money.
Cast members John Goodman, who plays Dan, and Laurie Metcalf who plays the role of Jackie, have apparently signed onto the potential reboot of Roseanne. However, the TV series must also be formally approved by the ABC network, but it would be very likely to pass since the show brought in $45 million in ad revenue.
Executive producer Dave Caplan recently told The Hollywood Reporter that fellow producer Tom Werner was disappointed in the potential waste of talent, hoping to figure out another way to keep the team together.
“I know that [producer Tom Werner] really regretted the fact that we had such a wonderful writing staff together—a real rare collection of talent—and I know he’d like to continue using it in some fashion if that were possible.”
Additionally, the new title of the show would obviously remove references to Barr, replacing it with “Darlene” or “The Conners,” as producers have brainstormed so far.
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