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Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Report: Roseanne Barr could soon sign an agreement cutting her off from a proposed Roseanne spinoff
It looks like ABC's demand that Barr have no creative or financial involvement in a Roseanne spinoff is about to be met. "I hear Barr is expected to sign an agreement that would remove her from the potential spinoff and prevent her from suing over it," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "Terms of the agreements are unclear but it may involve a one-time payment from production company Carsey-Werner to Barr in exchange of her relinquishing any rights so she won’t be entitled to any profits from the spinoff." She adds that ABC is likely to proceed with the spinoff once confirmation of Barr's non-involvement has been met. "I hear, barring any last-minute change of mind by Barr — which would not be completely out of character — her agreement is expected to be signed soon," says Andreeva, adding: "I hear ABC has seven days after that to make a decision on a pickup." Andreeva also reports that ABC is leaning toward using The Conners as the spinoff title, emphasizing the family and its connection with the Roseanne series. The title Darlene was also under consideration because of the focus on Sara Gilbert's character. Meanwhile, Roseanne Barr appeared ready to "move on" and possibly sign the agreement, judging by a tweet this morning. "I forgive everyone who hurt me," she tweeted. "I forgive as fast as I can everyday. That is why I am able to live free. I want the best for everyone-I want no more racism or anti semitism or classism. I want peace! Let's all move on & help FREEDOM!"
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:48AM EDT
Roseanne Barr returns to Twitter, claiming her Planet of the Apes tweet was about anti-semitism and not racism
Barr came back after a Twitter break on Wednesday night, thanking Rosie O'Donnell, Sean Hannity and Norm Macdonald for their support over the past two weeks. She also again revisited her Valerie Jarrett tweet: “Rod Serling wrote Planet of The Apes. It was about anti-semitism. That is what my tweet referred to – the anti semitism of the Iran deal. Low IQ ppl can think whatever they want.”
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Report: Roseanne Barr may forego profits from potential Roseanne spinoff to allow it to proceed
ABC reportedly has been trying to figure out a way to proceed with the spinoff without Barr having a creative credit or ownership participation. ABC tried to settle the matter with Barr over the weekend, according to Deadline. Now Page Six is reporting that Barr is "seriously considering" dropping any connection to the potential spinoff. “Roseanne feels so bad about her antics she is trying to figure out a way to help people harmed by the cancellation," a source close to Barr tells Page Six. "She’s considering giving up financial and creative participation in a spinoff so the people she loves can have jobs. Barr holding on is a stumbling block.”
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
ABC is said to be optimistic about a Roseanne spinoff, but there are legal questions over Roseanne Barr's creative credit
ABC is trying to figure out if Barr would have a creative and ownership stake of a spinoff that doesn't include the character Roseanne Conner, explains Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "If she was creator or co-creator of the mothership series, that is pretty unavoidable, but her specific credit could make it possible," says Andreeva. "The opening credits for the revival (which mirror those for the original series, read: Roseanne is created by Matt Williams, based on a character created by Roseanne Barr. If Williams is considered the sole creator of the series, with Barr only credited for originating the character that became Roseanne Conner, if a follow-up series does not feature Roseanne Conner, one could make an argument that Barr is not entitled to profits. However, things are not that simple — after all Roseanne, the series, exists because of the character created by Barr. The complexity of the issue explains the prolonged legal review and delayed pickup decision. The case has to be iron-clad as a new series without Barr would likely trigger a lawsuit by the comedian."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Roseanne Barr's name is on the Emmy ballot along with 12 of her Roseanne co-stars
Even though ABC opted to scuttle its Roseanne Emmy campaign following the show's cancelation, Emmy voters can still vote for Barr and her co-stars for nominations.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Why Nathan Fillion's The Rookie should replace the canceled Roseanne on ABC's Tuesday lineup
It was only four years ago that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so a drama kicking off Tuesday nights wouldn't be unusual, says Matt Webb Mitovich. Plus, he adds, "Nathan Fillion is practically a brand, known for his genre-TV cred but also extremely familiar to ABC audiences from his eight-season run as Castle. While conventional TV-programming wisdom advises against opening a night with a new show, instead letting established series do the heavy lifting, a Fillion-fronted procedural is the next best thing to a sure thing."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Whitney Cummings defends Roseanne's controversial joke about Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat
The former Roseanne co-showrunner said on The Hollywood Reporter's comedy showrunner's roundtable that it would be disingenuous to mask the real views of the Conners family. Cummings adds: "There are times where I’m like, ‘This is offensive, but this is what they would say when no one is watching and when they don’t have a bunch of lib-tard people controlling what they say.’ So, I found a lot of times my job was just to go, ‘If you feel that that’s what this person would say behind closed doors, then let’s go with it.’”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Emma Kenney says she's "feeling so good" two months after seeking treatment for "illegal behavior"
The Shameless and Roseanne star said at a charity event Sunday: "I’ve actually never felt this good before. You know, everything has been so positive and happy and I’m so excited to be back to filming and back to the old routine.”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Whitney Cummings: "It's a bad move" if Roseanne Barr benefits from a Roseanne spinoff without her
Cummings tells TMZ she "quit months ago," even though her departure as co-showrunner was announced 11 days before ABC canceled Roseanne following Roseanne Barr's racist tweet. Cummings declined to address TMZ's question of whether she'd seen the writing on the wall. "I have too many grey hairs in my head from this whole experience," she said later. Asked if Roseanne Conner should be killed off for the potential spinoff, Cummings said: "I can't think of any funny ways to kill Roseanne, but I don't want to think about it. Killing her would mean I'd have to think about her and I don't want to do that right now. I'm too pissed off."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Wanda Sykes won't return for a Roseanne-less Roseanne spinoff, says Barr turned into "crazy people"
“It’s crazy when you deal with people. They’re one way to your face and then on social media, they turn into crazy people,” Sykes told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday, in her first comments since tweeting she was quitting Roseanne as a consulting producer hours after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet. “They type in words and not realize there are faces on the other end of these things... The majority of stuff people write on Twitter they’d never do to someone’s face. For me, if I have something to say, I’ll say it to your face absolutely!” Barr has implied that Sykes' tweet led ABC to quickly cancel her show. “It wasn’t my tweet that put any pressure on ABC," said Sykes. "It was her Tweet! All I said was I wasn’t coming back.” While Sykes says Roseanne's cancelation was a "shame," she wouldn't be up for a potential spinoff without Barr. “I think I’m going to move on,” she said.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
Original Roseanne producer Marcy Carsey would not reboot the show without Roseanne Barr
Carsey of Carsey-Werner Productions had nothing to do with the ABC revival, unlike her production partner Tom Warner. Werner said at the ATX Television Festival that ABC made the right call by canceling the revival after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet. When asked later by The Hollywood Reporter if Roseanne should be rebooted without its star, she said: "I would have a very difficult time. I think I would not. I think I would just say, 'Ok, we had a wonderful run.' I love the show we did all those years ago and I would just move on." Carsey, who also produced The Cosby Show, also addressed the Bill Cosby scandal: "All I can say is that life gives you these surprises. The Roseanne political stance, what a surprise. Bill Cosby... the guy that we worked with, the guy we knew him to be or thought him to be was a wonderful collaborator, a brilliant guy, very kind-hearted. When anyone was sick or had a loss, he was right there. So it was a shocker."
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was ready to go "crazy" in protest after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
Barris, who in recent months has reportedly expressed frustration with ABC in wake of the pulling of a February Black-ish episode, said today he was ready to mount a PR blitz last Tuesday when he found out about the Roseanne tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to Plant of the Apes. “I was literally coming out of the show and I was like f*ck this. I was going to go crazy. I was going to call my agent and go on (CNN’s) Don Lemon and other shows,” he said today at Variety's Path to Parity summit. But Barris said he first spoke to ABC executives, including ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “I was like, ‘I’m sorry guys’ and then I have to say, the response came in minutes," he said, adding that they told him a cancelation was impending. Barris said Roseanne's tweet was “an indefensible moment but at the same time, you hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers."
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Roseanne Barr retweets attacks on Valerie Jarrett after tweeting "I'm making restitution for the pain I have caused"
Barr followed up on her cryptic tweet about "restitution" with multiple controversial retweets targeting the former Obama official, whom she compared to an ape last week, resulting in Roseanne's cancelation.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Report: ABC heard a Darlene-centered Roseanne spinoff pitch, but it wouldn't be ready by September
Sara Gilbert and fellow producers Tom Werner and Bruce Helford met on Monday with ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey to discuss a potential spinoff focusing on Darlene Conner, according to Variety. While prospects are looking good, ABC still has yet to resolve several issues, including how the network could proceed without Roseanne Barr benefitting financially. There is also the question of when it would launch. The earliest, according to Variety, is November. "Working in the spinoff’s favor," says Variety, "is the belief that curiosity would drive large audiences to the show’s premiere in much the same way that the Roseanne debut benefited from questions over whether and how Barr’s support for President Donald Trump would manifest itself onscreen."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Roseanne Barr posts a cryptic tweet amid talks of ABC spinning off Roseanne without her
"I'm making restitution for the pain I have caused," she tweeted late this morning.