ABC wants to move forward with a second reboot of “Roseanne” and we’re told an announcement could be imminent.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … network executives kicked negotiations into third gear when Tom Werner, who produced “Roseanne” through his company Carsey-Werner, got involved over the weekend in direct talks with top network brass. His involvement has all but sealed the deal.
Our sources say the network’s fine tuning last-minute details … particularly around Roseanne, who was not only the face of the show, but also served as an executive producer.
TMZ broke the story … ABC has been exploring the possibility of rebranding the show and focus on Sara Gilbert‘s character, Darlene. John Goodman is “very interested” … as is the rest of the cast and crew.
There is a possible snag. Although ABC seems to have good cause to fire Roseanne as both the star and Executive Producer, the network may be contractually bound to pay her a fee or back end or both for her participation in creating the show. ABC, of course, could argue it’s now a different show.
We were told ABC was desperately trying to salvage the jobs of those affected by ABC’s swift decision to axe the show … but there’s reason for optimism … especially for crew members who passed on other jobs in town, believing Season 2 was a go.
And now it is … albeit a rebranded version. We’re told an announcement could come as early as this week.