Yesterday, we wrote about how the Roseanne spin-off over at ABC is getting closer to happening, mostly because of a possible deal that would essentially pay off Roseanne Barr to keep her from receiving compensation for future episodes of the show.
Now, it does seem as though that is getting closer to becoming a reality. Per The Hollywood Reporter, there is a tentative deal in place so that Barr will walk away from the series and her characters in return for a payment. She would not be compensated for future episodes, but would still receive any money from the first ten seasons of the show. The site refers to the deal effectively as “go-away money.”
Is everything set in stone here? Far from it, given that there are still negotiations on the price tag and there’s always a chance that Barr changes her mind and decides to raise hell. The site claims that she has shown remorse to the cast and crew since getting the show canceled over a racist social-remark; yet, she also hasn’t taken 100% accountability for it, per their sources.
We suppose that, in theory, it’s also possible that ABC decides in the end that this isn’t worth the headache and moves away from the idea of bringing the show back … though we doubt that they would choose to go in this direction. After all, they have a very clear motivation financially to continue the show given the high ratings of season 10 and, beyond that, the money that the premiere of a revival would bring in. A deal could be official at some point next week, and following that a writers room could be finalized and the story could be constructed. Tentative plans suggest that the new series would focus primarily on Sara Gilbert’s Darlene — that makes some sense given that Gilbert is one of the reasons why the season 10 revival came together.
Obviously, we will have some additional information on the potential spin-off as some more news comes up. Let us know your thoughts in the attached comments, and be sure to also like CarterMatt on Facebook for some other information on the series the moment we have them to report. (Photo: ABC.)