After ABC canceled the ‘Roseanne’ reboot this week, the question on many people’s minds was whether the Conners would be able to continue on without Roseanne.
In what could be an interesting twist, viewers just may get the opportunity to see how the working class family moves on without mom and wife Roseanne Conner.
What people may not know, is that it wasn’t actually Barr who was behind the reboot of the long running sitcom, it was Sara Gilbert, who plays daughter Darlene. Gilbert rallied the rest of the cast, and became the executive producer of the new show. She was the one with the vision to bring the often poverty stricken clan back on the air in the age of Trump.
Which begs the question, is Roseanne’s voice even essential for the show to work? Many fans are saying, no. Even without Barr, there are some big talents on the show, including John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf who play Dan and Jackie. Let’s face it, the supporting players contributed many of the most iconic moments of the show.
So it should have come as no surprise that people started to ponder what Roseanne without Roseanne might look like.
Jimmy Kimmel suggested a show around Dan, while fans began circulating a mock up of a new show called Jackie. With the reboot of the show doing great in ratings, and primed for a second season, it seems fans are willing to walk away from Barr but continue on with the Conners.
Among those fans willing to help make that a reality?
Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project and Lena Dunham of Girls:
Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman let me write things for you
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 30, 2018
I will do the spin off of your show starring Darlene’s cool kids https://t.co/5A2129BTl0
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 30, 2018
Executive producers Gilbert and Tom Werner are said to be meeting with ABC this week to discuss options and the fate of the show.
And people are here for it:
Yeah. Because who could possibly miss the angry, caustic puss she had on all this last season. Her smiles and laughter were forced. This reboot was Sara Gilbert’s Baby, not Roseanne. Sara Gilbert made thus happen. Roseanne wanted to make sure she didn’t have to “do anything”.
— Mapley's Morsels (@MapleysMorsels) May 31, 2018
I would love to see a spinoff of D.J. dealing with life as a military dad whose wife is deployed.
“D.J. on the Homefront”
Or Becky dealing with the dating life
“Becky: Single and Hating It”
Of course there is the unresolved story of “The Healey's”.
— Michael Forrest (@wrwlfoflnd) May 31, 2018
John Goodman deserves everything. Amazing actor.
— I'm Dead Inside (@danielbobaniel) May 30, 2018
I was really liking this Becky, and Darlene has always been the Connor kid Go-to for comedy
— Stephanie (@Lutzie25) May 31, 2018
People even started pitching ideas:
Spinoff Roseanne dies on the operating table from her surgery.Then have Darlene and her kids move in with David. Dan/Jackie become roommates and bond over losing Roseanne. The same issues can be addressed without Roseanne Barr. The show will be called “The Connor Family”.
— wrestlingfan1999 (@Whitneyfan90) May 30, 2018
@WhitneyCummings @EmmaRoseKenney I think that @ABCNetwork should give @THEsaragilbert her own show and bring back all the Roseanne cast back but make it where Roseanne passed away. They could make the show about Darlene and her kids. #Darlene #DarleneConnor
— Katie (@MissKatie8787) May 29, 2018
Audiences love Darlene, Becky, DJ, Dan and Jackie, so why don't ABC just have Roseanne die offscreen and rename the show “The Connor Family”? Worked well in the 80s when they axed title character Valerie and renamed the show “The Hogan Family”.
— Peter McGuire (@PeterMcGuireIE) May 29, 2018
— Jennifer (@Jenn31708) May 29, 2018
Idea for @ABCNetwork: why not write the #Roseanne character out of their show (she suffers a sudden deadly accident?) and allow the other talented people in the cast to carry on the story of the newly single Dan Connor? The creators, co-stars of the show did nothing wrong here.
— Michael Medved (@MedvedSHOW) May 29, 2018
News travels fast these days, and now it seems the media is reporting there are talks around a Darlene centered show.
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) June 1, 2018
— Michael Ausiello (@MichaelAusiello) June 1, 2018
Fans seem to be all about it.
I'd totally watch that.
— KosmicKat (@TheKosmicKat) June 1, 2018
I watched the 1st episode and immediately thought that made more sense even without @therealroseanne being nutty
— Brian Alford (@Brian_Alford) June 1, 2018
The drawback that concerned people is whether or not Barr would still profit.
Can they do this without Roseanne's permission? What rights does she still own in the characters she created?
— Fiddle Elphier (@FiddleElphier) June 1, 2018
Nope no spin off. Barr will not get another dime from her show.
— Scotty Mac (@filmtvbooks) June 1, 2018
I don’t like the idea of Roseanne still getting paid and she does without name changes.
— Angela (@AngelaQueensNY1) June 1, 2018
We will wait and see. It might be fun to watch Dan try and use SnapChat.
H/T: Elite Daily