Roseanne producers have made their best pitch to ABC for a spin-off built around Sara Gilbert’s character Darlene.
Executive producers Tom Werner and Bruce Helford met on Monday with ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, who also axed Roseanne.
A decision could come as early as this week on whether or not ABC is willing to move forward with the spin-off.
Indications are that key cast, including John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, both of whom had been set to star in the upcoming season would come aboard for a spin-off. Showrunner Helford and most of the revived series’ writing staff would also be set to participate.
A major stumbling still appears to be Roseanne Barr, considered creator of the character Roseanne Connor, a status that is believed to give her a stake in any spinoff. ABC is believed to still be opposed to any deal that would see Barr gain financially from a spin-off.