by Graham Pierrepoint
Roseanne Barr’s recent Twitter tirades – which she has since apologized for and has blamed upon sleeping pills, having returned to the social network – have not only led her position on ABC into a dead end, but much of her fellow cast, too. ABC chose to cancel her eponymous sitcom, Roseanne – recently resurrected and appealing to over 18 million viewers at its peak – as a result of tweets which went against the network’s ethos. Many of the cast and crew working on Roseanne, too, spoke or walked out on proceedings – with producer Wanda Sykes leaving after Barr made a controversial tweet regarding Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to Barack Obama – and with on-screen daughter Sara Gilbert tweeting to state that Barr’s views did not reflect the rest of the cast’s. Barr has responded negatively to response from her co-stars, suggesting that she had been ‘thrown under the bus’.
The cancellation of Roseanne is one which will leave ABC without a ratings winner, though the general consensus appears to be in agreement with the decision made. Barr’s tweets made her position with the network untenable, it seems, and as such, the future of the show has been decided – firmly and promptly. This hasn’t stopped those who enjoyed the series – and those who don’t – to suggest that the series could easily continue without its lead character, instead focusing on Roseanne’s husband, Dan, played by John Goodman – who had gone on to make big strides in Hollywood following the end of the original show’s run. The original run, interestingly enough, ended by suggesting that Dan had passed away – meaning that the revival series had effectively rewritten the continuity.
The idea of a ‘Dan’ show has been jumped upon both on Twitter and by TV host Jimmy Kimmel, who suggested in a tongue-in-cheek fashion that there may be life for the series without Barr. “Just because Roseanne is gone doesn’t mean the whole show has to go – the show must go on! That’s what we say in show business,” he stated. Whether or not the mass TV viewing population would agree remains to be seen – and it’s unlikely, at this stage at least, that the network would want to leap into proceedings after such a public fallout.
▶ Can TV’s ‘Roseanne’ Go On Without Roseanne Barr?
Barr has returned to Twitter – despite the controversy – meaning that it’s very unlikely we will have heard the last from her!