Report Says ABC Execs Not Confident In Roseanne Spin-Off, The Connors
So as you may recall, ABC made the decision to fire Roseanne Barr, the star of the beloved Roseanne sitcom, over a tweet that everyone's already forgotten about.
It seems that ABC may be regretting acting so hastily in their decision and are no longer confident in their spin-off idea, The Connors. The Connors stars everyone except Roseanne...
“We didn’t think it through properly. What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn’t have rushed to fire her. It was almost a knee-jerk reaction by Ben [Sherwood] and Channing [Dungey] who should have launched an investigation,” one insider reportedly said. “This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.”
The tweet in question had Barr compare former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to Planet of the Apes, specifically: ‘Muslim brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby,”
“They could’ve suspended her from the first few episodes without pay and had her return later on in the season,” the source explained. “I mean the season finale saw Roseanne going to the hospital for knee surgery. While they worked out her fate, her character could have faced serious complications and fought for her life, while simultaneously making Roseanne fight for her career with a national apology tour. “
“The morning the racist tweet scandal blew up, Roseanne offered to publicly apologize and do the rounds of every show but Ben and Channing weren’t having any of that and wanted her gone,” they continued. “Why not have her front a PSA for the network on racism and cyberbullying?”
It also seems like they thought the public liked the whole family, but they were wrong. Sure, the entire ensemble meshed really well together but without the STAR of the program... well...
“When we greenlit The Conners we thought that the public would tune in to see the family return but what we’ve discovered is that people want Roseanne – they don’t want the family by themselves,” they explained.
“The marketing and publicity teams are horrified as no matter what promotional material is released – and let’s be honest it’s been limited for a show that launches next Tuesday – Roseanne’s fans come out in force stating that they won’t watch the show.”
“The comments on social media tend to skew in favor of Roseanne and slam The Conners and the cast members who came back,” they added. “Even dedicated fans of the Conner family feel conflicted about supporting a show that so swiftly eliminated the show’s matriarch and creator.”
Well... I can say I'll at least watch the first episode just to see if it's the trainwreck we all expect it to be. Time will tell on that, I suppose.