The New fall TV season is coming and as you know ABC has decided they are going to try to play the Roseanne card without Roseanne here’s the old story if you missed it
Roseanne stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman will star in the spinoff. Additional castmembers and a premiere date will be announced at a later date. “We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,” Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Goranson and Fishman said in a joint statement. “We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”
ABC says the new take will explore issues with parenthood, dating an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. The series will take over Roseanne’s Tuesdays at 8 p.m. time slot. The Conners hails from the creative team behind what was to be the 11th season of Roseanne, including showrunner Bruce Helford, Gilbert, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. The series hails from Werner and Werner Entertainment.
“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC said in a statement.
the most interesting part of this show is it’s both a win and a loss for ABC and the actors at the same time.
It’s a win because any contracts that they were on the hook for concerning Roseanne will be covered by the show rather than being an overhead expense.
It’s a win because even if (ok when) it draws a much lower rating than Roseanne, it would likely still outdraw any replacement show that they would have plugged in as it has a built in customer base and a pretty skilled cast.
It’s a win because they are guaranteed favorable press from all those who savaged the original series who will now be desperate to show that the new “woke” Roseanne has gotten it right as opposed to that awful pro-trump old version.
It’s a loss because the ratings are unlikely to come anywhere near what the actual series was bringing in and therefore even if the show has what would be acceptable ratings for a 2nd year sitcom it’s failure to approach the previous rating will be the story and that failure is going to reflect large on ABC
It’s a loss because it’s also a revenue loss as it won’t command anywhere near the advertising revenue as the first one did, plus it’s possible that said advertisers might be marked by pro-trump consumers as companies to be avoided.
It’s a loss for the cast and the production as well because they will be associated with failure rather than success, particularly since it’s the absence of one particular cast member that is the only difference t, but it’s still a payday which despite all the piety thrown around, is what this business is all about
While it’s slightly possible that ABC will decide that the new “woke” Roseanneless Roseanne (Hey they can always bring in Ted McGinley if he’s free to fill her role somehow) is drawing enough to renew it for a 3rd season and I’m sure the MSM will push that to prove that it never needed pro-trump viewers to make it but I think it’s more likely that once those bills are paid it will be allowed to die a well deserved death.
This is what is coming, count on it.