Roseanne may have just gotten the axe, but it looks like ABC is already looking at ways to bring the series back without it’s titular star in tow.
According to E! News, ABC is reportedly looking into green lighting a Roseanne spinoff that would focus not on Barr’s character, but on her daughter Darlene Conner.
News of the possibility of a spinoff was first reported by TMZ who claims that “the powers that be at ABC are exploring the possibility of re-branding the show” with actress Sara Gilbert at the forefront.
The outlet additionally goes on to say that Gilbert is heavily involved in behind the scenes talk surrounding the proposed spin-off and has even reached out to her fellow Roseanne cast members to gauge interest.
As the news comes from an unnamed source it’s best to treat this as a rumor for now.
That being said, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn down the road that ABC is quietly keeping their options opened.
Earlier this week, the network announced that they’d decided to cancel the successful reboot shortly after actress and comedian Roseanne Barr tweeted racist remarks with regards to President Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Barr’s comments quickly sparked outrage amongst the online community and it wasn’t long before the network announced they’d decided to pull the plug on the series.
Though many agreed that ABC made the right choice with their decision to scrub Roseanne from the lineup, it soon became clear that the real losers in this situation were the cast and crew that suddenly found themselves out of a job.
Launching a series centered around Gilbert’s character may very well be an easy fix for an otherwise messy situation over at ABC, and could very well ensure the cast and crew who had nothing to do with Barr’s racist comments don’t have to pay the price for her missteps.