Roseanne developing new sitcom

Roseanne Barr back in a sitcom? Why not…

The comedian who never holds back has signed a script deal with 20th Century Fox TV for a new half-hour comedy she will co-write with her boyfriend, Johnny Argent.

Titled Downwardly Mobile, it will explore similar territory to her 1990s hit sitcom Roseanne, revolving around an optimistic blue-collar family living in hard times.

Barr and Argent are executive producing with Steven Greener who also executive produces reality series Roseanne’s Nuts for women’s cable channel Lifetime.

A search is currently underway for a showrunner to board the project before it’s taken out to the networks.

Barr has also dabbled in the talk show space with The Roseanne Show. Last week she declared her candidacy for president on The Tonight Show, telling Jay Leno that she wanted to be part of the debates.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Deadline

9 Comments:

  1. Armchair Analyst

    I wonder how the casting in this will go. I dont know whether it will work again. Yes the cercunmstances are right but it sounds all too familiar with her old show. It would be better if she took the similar theme but set it in a different setting and not another family type scenario. Maybe she could have a teacher who is struggling to teach and to pay her mortagage also her having to deal with other problems of a personal nature.

  2. I only watched her show when it replaced Hinch and Alan Jones Live back in the nineties on 10 and later on Foxtel and loved it.Great comedy and much more relate able than most of the crap we have today.I can’t help wonder if 7pm Project did tank in the first six months If they would put Roseanne on as a replacement but that is something we will never know.

  3. Wow, can’t wait for this, really hope this goes ahead. Loving the reruns on Eleven, no wonder Roseanne was such a successful show. If she is behind a new sitcom it would have to be better than ‘no laugh track’ dross like Modern Family and The Office we have now.

  4. If she can own the show, which wasn’t the case with Roseanne, this could work, provided it’s done with no laugh track and with occasional outdoor exteriors.

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