Report: Roseanne Spinoff Is Moving Ahead

Barr is waiving her rights, sources say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2018 1:45 AM CDT
Report: Roseanne Spinoff Is Moving Ahead
Sara Gilbert attends the Disney/ABC/Freeform Upfront party in New York last month.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Roseanne Barr won't be returning to ABC anytime soon, but the network is moving ahead with a Roseanne spinoff, and the former star has agreed not to stand in the way, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. The sources say that ABC and producer Carsey-Werner don't want Barr participating in the proposed spinoff in any way, and Barr, who's credited with helping create the show's characters, has tentatively agreed to waive her rights in order to let the show proceed without her. One source says the negotiations are now focusing on how much "go-away money" Barr will receive. The top-rated show was abruptly canceled after Barr posted an offensive tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

The rumored Roseanne spinoff is expected to focus on the character Darlene, played by Sara Gilbert, who was also credited as an executive producer in the show's comeback season, the New York Daily News reports. The show's crew and cast members, including John Goodman, are believed to be on board for the proposed spinoff, according to the Hollywood Reporter's sources. For now, ABC is staying quiet about what it plans to put in the show's Tuesday night time slot this fall. (Barr claims her fateful tweet was actually about anti-Semitism.)

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