Three days after ABC threw comedian Roseanne Barr under the bus Tuesday, cancelling her top-rated sitcom over a “racist” remark she had posted to Twitter about a former Obama administration official, word broke that the network wants to revive her show without her — partly because of financial reasons.
Bizpac Review reports,
Sources familiar with the inner-workings at ABC informed Variety magazine that the network’s head honchos want to re-brand “Roseanne” by eliminating Barr’s character and refocusing the plot on the character’s daughter, Darlene.
But the unnamed sources warned that reviving “Roseanne” could stir up additional drama for the network. Depending on the exact terms of Barr’s contract, the production company behind her sitcom may have to buy out her stake.
“One big problem to overcome is the fact that Barr has a significant financial interest in the series, and there is concern that a new iteration that would benefit her financially would be a non-starter for everyone involved,” Variety noted.
The irony is that part of the reason ABC is so desperate to revive “Roseanne” is because of all the money it owes to the show’s actors, writers and producers.
“Key actors are said to have a minimum 10-episode guarantee for Season 2, which had an initial order of 13 episodes,” Variety reported. “The highest echelon of writers and producers also have some minimum episodic guarantees.”
What ABC doesn’t seem to be factoring into its potential plans is whether or not any of the sitcom’s fans would tune in to watch a Barr-less rebrand.
As it stands, a number fans have pledged to boycott ABC over what they perceive to be its glaring double standards and hypocrisy:
— MommaBear 😄🇺🇸👩♥🌞 (@MommaBear9876) May 30, 2018
ABC cancels @therealroseanne ! Enough said, #FAKENEWS controls the world. Sad day for America….#FREESPEECH is under attack. There is a wicked double standard in the world today.#RoseanneBarr #BoycottABC pic.twitter.com/wPeWvn0bjz
— 🦋 🇺🇸 Kim 🇺🇸 🦋 (@kimUSAStrong) May 29, 2018
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus it’s another thing when Jesus talks to you that’s called mental illness,if I’m not correct,hearing voices”. ~ Joy Behar
— Mare♥️Loves♥️America♥️ (@MareLovesUSA_11) May 30, 2018
— Heather ♥ Jones (@heatherjones333) May 31, 2018
There’s a lot of support out there for Roseanne:
— 🚨Josh Cornett🚨 (@therealcornett) May 30, 2018
Let’s Help Our Girl @therealroseanne! Sign the Petition! … RETWEET SHARE SIGN! #IStandWithRoseanne #BringBackRoseanne #StandWithRoseanne #Roseanne #BoycottABC #BoycottTBS #PrideMonth #MAGA #RoseanneBarr https://t.co/JUcuxwcsgc pic.twitter.com/BCj6oeItiK
— 🚬🔫 (@CamelFro) June 2, 2018
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