TMZ reports that executives at ABC have been in talks with "Roseanne" producer Tom Werner over the weekend. The plan is to rebrand the series with Sara Gilbert's character, Darlene, leading the pack.
John Goodman apparently also expressed his willingness to be in the reboot, but there's a potential problem.
Roseanne Barr, who serves as an executive producer, still has her stamp in the reboot/spinoff. ABC might have to pay her a hefty fee before they could get the spinoff underway. An announcement from the network regarding the reboot/spinoff development should be confirmed within the week.
Meanwhile, Gilbert revealed in "The Talk" that she supports Barr's axing and the cancellation of "Roseanne."
"A lot of people have been hurt by this,” the actress said. “I will say I’m proud of the show we made,” she added. “This 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," the actress further said. "However, I do stand behind the decision ABC made.”
ABC fired Barr last week after she posted a racist comment, where she compared former President Barack Obama's adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to an ape. Joining the firestorm on Twitter after Barr's post, Gilbert posted, "This is incredibly sad and difficult," and separated herself from Barr's opinion.
Gilbert was also asked about the Darlene spinoff on "The Talk" but kept mum about the details.