ABC is doing its best to make a ‘Roseanne’ spinoff happen — would you watch?

ABC is trying to figure out a way to do a Roseanne spinoff with a focus on Sara Gilbert’s character Darlene without having to pay Roseanne Barr. Well, good luck with that.

Sara Gilbert addressed the cancellation on The Talk this morning, saying:

“I would like to say this has been a very difficult week. A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say I’m proud of the show we made. The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion, and it’s sad to see it end in this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”

After saying she was going to appear on Joe Rogan’s podcast on Friday, Roseanne was a no-show. She eventually called into Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s podcast and was a sobbing, rambling mess according to sources. He chose not to broadcast it. I mean this in all sincerity — I hope she is OK and is getting help.

Meanwhile, Michelle Wolf went OFF on Barr and ABC for rebooting the show in the first place. (She’s not wrong — it’s not as though Roseanne was an unknown quantity.)

Bill Maher helpfully explains his joke to idiots. Although, Michelle Wolf did it better:

“People keep saying that Roseanne got held to a double standard, because she got fired for her tweet, when despicable people like Bill Maher, and Sam Bee, and me get away with making ‘offensive jokes’ all the time. And you’re right, it is a double standard—so let’s even the playing field. How about we enslave all white people for a couple hundred years, then even after they’re not slaves anymore, still hold them down in society, de-value their existence by comparing them to animals, never apologize, never really make it right, and then after that there will be no more double standards, and everyone will get fired for everything they say?”

Oh wow — Roseanne Barr was originally going to play Frankie Shaw’s mother on SMILF, but she broke her leg and had to have surgery at the last minute. Shaw even offered to write her character into a scooter, but the role eventually (and thankfully) went to another Roseann — who gave a tremendous performance. It is such a good show, by the way.

Speaking of jokes, Jon Stewart has some thoughts on the Samantha Bee Cuntraversy:

“Please understand that a lot of what the right does, and it’s maybe their greatest genius, is they’ve created a code of conduct that they police, that they themselves don’t have to, in any way, abide,” Stewart said. “Don’t get caught in a trap of thinking you can live up to a code of integrity that will be enough for the propagandist right. There isn’t. And so, create your own moral code to live by, but don’t be fooled into trying to make concessions that you think will mollify them.”

Bee will address the whole mess on this week’s Full Frontal, which, if TBS had a sense of humor, would be moved to Tuesday nights.

And not that the other side will neither understand nor process these arguments, but here’s a breakdown on why some shows are canceled, and others are not.

Paramount Network has decided to not broadcast Heathers after all, and honestly, I don’t blame them. With school shootings happening EVERY DAMN WEEK, there will never be a good time to broadcast a series about high school violence. The series is being shopped around to other networks, so it will be interesting to see if someone else takes a chance on the show.

Speaking of gun violence, Jimmy Fallon crashed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduation this weekend.

So, yeah, the situation on the Lethal Weapon set was really not great.

The video acquired by Variety captured the following exchange:

Crawford: “You know, I’ve seen [name deleted] handle hits better than you did yesterday.”
Wayans: “Suck my dick.”
Crawford: “You know, that was the biggest pussy move I think I’ve ever seen.”
Wayans: “Yeah, I’m a pussy.”
Crawford: “A pussy. You’re the biggest crybaby pussy I’ve ever met in my life.”
Wayans: “Well suck this pussy’s dick.”
Crawford: “I mean, how does it feel to only be in the game because your fucking brothers are in the game?”
Wayans: “Fuck you. Fuck you.”

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Also hilarious:

Wayans will return in the role of Murtaugh. Many who spoke with Variety characterized the actor as funny and charming, but also difficult to work with. A copy of an internal memo obtained by Variety that was sent by a member of Wayans’ personal team to a production staffer ahead of Season 1 included three pages of detailed instructions about Wayans’ diet. “DAMON MUST BE GIVEN FOOD EVERY 2.5 hours,” the memo read. “Even if he’s in the middle of a scene, or doesn’t want it at the moment, please make sure he’s aware that the food is there for him, and where the food will be.” An additional memo from the same team member noted, “Nap time is a big big thing for Damon, especially during lunch. After he’s had lunch, he’ll want to be left alone until absolutely necessary.”

SAME. (To be fair, Wayans is diabetic, so.)

Joy Reid apologized for posting a 9/11 conspiracy theory (among other controversial things) on her old blog and isn’t trying to claim hackers were behind it. MSNBC is standing behind her. However, the most interesting part of this story is that she is being defended by Sean Hannity of all people.

Killing Eve pulled off a ratings feat that no other show has done in more than a decade (but now I want to know what the last show to do this was …)

Aw, you guys, Queer Eye brought ANOTHER couple back together.

Paula Fairfield, the sound designer on Game of Thrones, has an interesting job.

TV Guide has an entertaining if shallow comparison of Game of Thrones and Westworld.

Jeremy Strong SWEARS Succession isn’t about the Murdochs, but I watched it last night, and oh my God, yes it absolutely is. (I also highly recommend it.)

We still have no idea why Mark Steines was booted from Home & Family. There are so many more questions than answers here about a show I had never even heard of until this all happened.

L.A.’s Finest, the Gabrielle Union reimagining of Bad Boys, will have a new life in Canda.

A former Epix executive is going to jail for four years for defrauding the company of nearly $8 million.

The producers of Goldie & Bear are suing Disney for $20 million, and they’re dragging the Roseanne cancellation into it for some reason.

Netflix is suing Relativity after Relativity breached their exclusivity contract.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a Cumberhero.

Poor Patrika Darbo!

Happy birthday, CNN.

Speaking of, Trump nominated Geoffrey Starks to be the head of the FCC. He’s a Democrat — but even more curiously, he is opposed to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group merger with Tribune Media.

You know what I love? I love men telling women to tone down their ambition. It’s always a good look.


Harvey Weinstein has been named in a new class action suit.

Neil Portnow will be stepping down as Recording Academy president and C.E.O. in 2019.

TV producer David Slack wants male writers to stop blaming the #MeToo movement for not landing a job in this well-argued thread.

I don’t know that Brian de Palma is the ideal person to write a movie about Harvey Weinstein.

It only makes sense that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt would address sexual harassment. Spoilers!

We have Cristin Milioti to thank for bringing that #MeToo angle to the forefront of the Black Mirror episode, “USS Callister.”

Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, wants to assure you guys this isn’t about taking down powerful men. “… our goal is really to support the survivors, and to make sure survivors are in a place of leadership in the work to end sexual violence.”

Woody Allen calls himself the “poster boy” of the #MeToo movement. Oh my god.

Penélope Cruz walks the middle line on the Woody Allen controversy.

And you know who else needs to shut up? BILL CLINTON NEEDS TO SHUT UP.


  • Legion will return to freak you out for a third season on FX.
  • The Look-See has been renewed for a second season at Crypt TV.


  • Imposters has been cancelled by Bravo after two seasons.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar


Robert Mandan, Actor on Soap

William Phipps, Actor

Allyn Ann McLerie, Actress


The Bachelorette: Lil’ Jon, what are you doing here? 7 p.m., ABC

So You Think You Can Dance: Not to throw shade at World of Dance which is a fun show, but the best dance competition is back, hooray! Season premiere. 7 p.m., NBC

Dietland: This new series might be just the thing to fill the Killing Eve-shaped hole in your life. Series premiere. 8 p.m., AMC

Late Night: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jeff Arcuri The Late Late Show with James Corden: Holly Hunter, Shawn Mendes Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jodie Foster, Becca Kufrin, Ray LaMontagne Conan: Ashton Kutcher, Johnny Marr The Daily Show: Awkwafina The Opposition with Jordan Klepper : Yamiche Alcindor


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ABC The Bachelorette
The Crossing
Man with a Plan
NCIS: New Orleans
CW Supergirl
Whose Line is it Anyway?
Whose Line is it Anyway?
FOX So You Think You Can Dance
NBC Stanley Cup Playoffs

One thought on “ABC is doing its best to make a ‘Roseanne’ spinoff happen — would you watch?

  1. They should just un-cancel Roseanne and recast her part. I hear Rosie O’Donnell is available.

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