“Roseanne” Spin-Off Talk Gains Steam

Talk of “Roseanne” continuing but without co-creator and star Roseanne Barr is gaining steam with Deadline reporting that the show’s producers will be meeting with Disney-ABC executives on Monday to pitch a revamped “Roseanne” without the actress.

The show is expected to stay true to the praised first season of the revival, featuring the other cast members except for Barr, and likely a stronger emphasis on Sara Gilbert’s character Darlene.

Executive producers Tom Werner and Gilbert were the main driving force behind the revival and are believed to be spearheading the efforts to continue the show and keep the writers and crew employed post-cancellation.

There are still hurdles though. Carsey-Werner owns and produces the series but legal and rights issues need to be settled with Barr who was co-creator and executive producer on the series and has ownership/backend. Barr may mount a legal challenge if a “Roseanne” spinoff without her goes forward.