'Roseanne' Show Might Go On Without Its Star

by Thea Glassman
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Roseanne might continue on without the star of the show

The Roseanne reboot was swiftly canceled after its title star made a truly heinous, racist comment on Twitter. But now there might be a chance that the show will go on without her, and recenter the story around Laurie Metcalf (yes), John Goodman (yesssss), and the rest of the supporting cast. Unfortunately, there’s a few complications that go along with that plan.

Here’s the deal. In a perfect world, the Roseanne cast would get to finish the job they started and not lose out because of their co-star’s behavior. But, sadly, all of the characters on the show were created by Roseanne Barr, which means that she would still benefit financially from any reboot that happens. According to Entertainment Weekly, ABC executives are currently trying to decide if they should redesign the show around the rest of the cast of characters, while still weighing “various options.”

ABC is definitely in a very difficult position. The network already ordered a second season of the show last March, which means that they are required to pay the actors’ and actresses’ salaries for all 13 of those episodes. It would only make sense that they would create a spinoff with their cast, who are already under contract and ready to go. Plus, the New York Times noted that ABC could lose around $60 million in advertising revenue if they pulled the show altogether.

There hasn’t been any official comment from the network, save for an email from Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood who told his staff that he was “so sorry the [cast and crew] were swept up in all of this…and hope to find another way to work together down the road.”

It doesn’t really sound like Roseanne Barr is going to take any of this lying down — which is strange because after you make a horrible racist comment then you probably should just sit back and deal with the consequences.

Meanwhile, a whole chunk of the internet sounded plenty excited by the idea of seeing a show featuring Metcalf, Goodman, and the rest of the crew. Many said that they would tune in to see Laurie Metcalf do just about anything (yup, yup, same).

Hopefully ABC figures out a way to keep their talented cast and crew on the screen, while avoiding any drama with Barr. Plenty of viewers sound totally ready to spend their evenings with the rest of the Conners.