The Conners may return to the small screen for a second reboot of Roseanne.
According to sources with knowledge of the matter, ABC is in talks to rework the recently canceled series with a new focus on Sara Gilbert’s character, Darlene.
As most of you know, the network pulled the plug on Roseanne earlier this week, almost immediately after its star and executive producer, Roseanne Barr, published a racist remark directed at former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Following the announcement of the show’s cancelation, Barr posted a now-deleted tweet in which she apologized to the Roseanne crew as well as her fellow cast members.
“Don't feel sorry for me, guys!,” she wrote. “I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.”
It's a shame that so many careers were negatively affected by Barr’s racism; however, as previously reported, those involved with the show are attempting to revive it without its titular star.
According to TMZ, Gilbert has reached out to her cast-mates to determine their interest in returning for rebranded series based on the Conners. John Goodman, the show’s patriarch, is reportedly “very interested.”
Sources also say Tom Werner, who produced Roseanne through his company Carsey-Werner Productions, is participating in the reboot discussions, and is very open to reworking the show to focus on Gilbert’s character.
Stay tuned as the story unfolds.