When producers pulled the pin on US sitcom Roseanne on Tuesday it was widely believed that would be the last any of us would see of the Connor clan.
The decision to pull the show came after the show’s star, comedienne Rosanne Barr, compared one of former US president Barack Obama’s advisers, Valerie Jarrett, to an ape in a tweet on Monday. Barr later tweeted an apology for making “a bad joke”.
Yet, we may not have seen the last of it, after all.
Reports out of the US today suggest the show could be resurrected once more, albeit without Barr in the lead role.
US entertainment site Variety is reporting that the producers of the show are in preliminary talks to get a version of the program back on the air.
Apparently, executive producer Tom Werner, co-star and EP Sara Gilbert, and showrunner/EP Bruce Helford are set to discuss the possibility of a Barr-free version of the show with producers, ABC, this week.
However, the biggest impediment could be Barr herself. “One big problem to overcome is the fact that Barr has a significant financial interest in the series,” Variety noted, “and there is concern that a new iteration that would benefit her financially would be a non-starter for everyone involved.”
Meanwhile, the show’s other star, John Goodman, has come out and said he couldn’t care less about the show’s axing.
In an interview that appeared on the entertainment site ET, Goodman said: “I wasn’t gonna get an Emmy anyway,” Goodman said.
“I’ve been up there  times already, and if I didn’t get one I’m not gonna get one.”
On Barr’s controversial tweet, Goodman said: “I would rather say nothing than to cause more trouble.
“I don’t know anything about it,” he said. “I don’t read it.”