ABC swiftly canceled Roseanne after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett in May, but they haven't given up on the show entirely. The network is currently pursuing options to create a spinoff series that doesn't include Barr.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barr has now agreed to give up control of the characters that she helped create, for the rest of the cast and crew to make a spinoff.
For the reboot to happen, Barr needed to waive her rights to the show, and she has now tentatively agreed to do so. Next, she will likely agree to a one-time payment of "go-away money," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
ABC is rumored to have plans to center the spinoff around Sarah Gilbert's character Darlene and some of the show's other cast members have already tentatively signed on—including John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf. The reboot still technically has to be formally approved by ABC, but that seems very likely considering Roseanne was the network's top-rated program this season and brought in $45 million in ad revenue.
In early June, Barr tweeted that she "begged" the network not to cancel the show.
"I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends," she wrote in a since-deleted tweet captured by CNN. "I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I'd worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs."
Speaking on the possibility of writing a new show without Roseanne's character, executive producer Dave Caplan recently told The Hollywood Reporter, "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."