Some fans suggested ABC split the difference -- dump Roseanne, and give the rest of the stars their own spinoff. Punish the right person while not punishing the rest of the "Roseanne" cast and crew or the fans.
It's not a bad idea. Have her die on the operating table while getting her knee surgery. Then it can be a show about how they all cope without her. It's a GOOD idea @abcnetwork— Ouisie Bee (@OuisieBee) May 29, 2018
ABC...make "Roseanne" into "The Conner Family." Imagine the millions of viewers who would tune in to see it without her. https://t.co/jUAJYEBqkG— Marc Berman (@marcberman) May 29, 2018
I agree with this idea. In addition to saving lots of jobs of innocent people, the fact is... John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf are crazy talented, can easily carry a show and are worth watching in anything. https://t.co/gjI6xujhwm— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) May 29, 2018
@ABC John Goodman & Lori Metcalf should spin off & start a new show, one without Rosanne.— Patty's Paige (@TheVictoryTour) May 29, 2018
Dan & Roseanne call it quits and Jackie & Dan become roommates in the family home. Imagine those two dating others & sharing their entangled lives. Even the kids could visit time to time. https://t.co/QNJKWrf8zg
This opens the door to a pretty good TV show that's just Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman doing stuff. Doesn't even matter what it's about. Knitting. Putting up drywall. Naps.— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) May 29, 2018
Pitch for a new show -- Dan, starring John Goodman as an affable newly single dad trying to figure out a new life path— afrobella (@afrobella) May 29, 2018
Jimmy Kimmel had some fun with the ABC headlines, since "Jimmy Kimmel Live" also airs on the network. He offered a similar suggestion, saying "Roseanne" should just dump Roseanne and change its title to "Dan":
It sounds like ABC is seriously exploring spinoff/new show options, but there's a downside. Here's some context from Entertainment Weekly:
"Here's the challenge, though: Roseanne was created by Roseanne Barr. The characters were conceived by her and Matt Williams. If the sitcom were to continue without the matriarch, the actress would still benefit financially. So a key insider informs EW that discussions will continue today on whether it makes sense to keep the other actors but potentially design a new series around them — ergo, the Bonners, or whatever you want to call Goodman, Metcalf, and the clan of misfits."
Other shows (including "Lucifer") are already hoping to benefit from the "Roseanne" loss. We'll have to watch that 2018-2019 schedule space to see what ABC does.
If you have ideas, say them loud and proud now while the execs are still probably in meetings about what to do.
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