Is there still a future for Roseanne? Executive produce Dave Caplan recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the cancelled ABC TV show.
As reported earlier, ABC quickly axed Roseanne after star Roseanne Barr posted offensive statements on Twitter. The series had already been renewed for an 11th season and was just about to start production on the new episodes.
In the interview, Caplan revealed Barr was “reasonable” during season 10 of Roseanne:
Roseanne was in the room for the beginning of season 10 and she was quite reasonable with the writers. She knew that a lot of the writers did not share her political beliefs — although a lot of us had come from firmly middle-class or lower-middle-class backgrounds. She was reasonable to work with at that point. There were suggestions she made that we didn’t think were the right direction for the show and she was willing to let those things go.”
Roseanne’s previous behavior had been concerning but we thought it fell under the umbrella of politics and the crazy conspiracy theories that she likes to traffic in. Some of that we thought was her own private opinions that she was entitled to. But when it came to something like racism, there was no longer any way to accept what she was saying.
I would be surprised if she returned in any form. I think she probably has personal things she needs to deal with. I don’t think there’s any room for any kind of conservativism on TV that borders on racism. I’m sure that’s not what they intend to do on Last Man Standing. I wish them all the best. And I think there is room for all kinds of voices on television — as long as they’re respectful, humane and thoughtful. So if that’s what they’re going to do with Last Man, then I applaud them for that.”
What do you think? Did you see the Roseanne reboot? Are you sad the show isn’t returning?