Two days later, talk of reviving “Roseanne” or building a new show around the remaining stars is muddying the waters.
All of this puts “Roseanne” at risk of destroying its legacy as a groundbreaking late ’80s/early ’90s sitcom, and suffering the same fate as another Carsey-Werner sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” aka The Show We Shall Never Talk About or Watch Again.
Beyond yanking the show off its fall schedule, ABC immediately pulled repeats and scrubbed the show off its various press and consumer websites.
Circumstances for “The Cosby Show” are very different: The program suffered permanent damage from allegations of nearly 100 cases of sexual assault by star Bill Cosby.
T are so many reasons why this is a bad idea: Continuing the show, albeit without her, still means she’s on the payroll as an executive producer.
Getting rid of the Conners and making it a new show – same cast, slightly different characters – would at least solve the problem of compensating Barr.
Not on a “No-seanne” show that would likely be canceled quickly and throw them out of work anyway.
Some have made comparisons to what happened to the 1980s comedy “Valerie,” when star Valerie Harper left over a salary dispute and the show carried on as “The Hogan Family,” with Sandy Duncan as lead. Or more recently, when Ashton Kutcher slid in to replace Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men.”.
ABC did the right thing, and everyone on the show responded in the right way.