ABC is scrambling to figure out what to do with the stars of Roseanne after canceling the show this week following Roseanne Barr's racist tweetstorm. While Barr is out, the rest of the main cast have very expensive contracts that need to be fulfilled, and why ABC could just pay them out and wipe their hands of the whole mess, reports say that they are instead trying to figure out a way to reboot the show. The biggest contender seems to be a reboot centered around Sara Gilbert's character Darlene.
Sources close to the show told TMZ that "the powers that be at ABC are exploring the possibility of re-branding the show and focusing on the character Darlene instead of Roseanne. We're told Sara's been calling cast members to gauge their interest in the event ABC gives the reboot the green light. We're told John Goodman is 'very interested.'"
TMZ's sources say that producer Tom Werner "is involved in the effort to reboot the show around Sara...What's more...ABC is desperately trying to salvage the jobs of those who were affected by its swift decision to cancel the show earlier this week...especially for the writers and crew."
Gilbert was an executive producer of the reboot and was the first cast member to publicly decry Barr's racist tweets
\u201cThis is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we\u2019ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love\u2014 one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.\u201d