Monday, May 20, 2024

Why a “Roseanne” Reboot without Roseanne Barr Can’t Work: She Will Always Be Hacking Away on Social Media


Reports of a “Roseanne” reboot without Roseanne Barr? It won’t work. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

ABC can kill off Roseanne Conner and center the show on Darlene, Sara Gilbert’s character. They can pretend Roseanne is gone, but you know what? Roseanne will never be gone. She will hover over a new show like a golem, criticizing, whining, and carrying on about every line of every episode.

Barr has not gone quietly into the good night since her racist anti-Valerie Jarrett debacle. Far from it. She is approaching 1 million followers on Twitter now, and sending out messages day and night. She continues to advocate crazy right wing conspiracies, insist that her Jarrett Planet of the Apes tweet had something to do with anti-Semitism, and refer to herself as a martyr.

That will not change no matter what deal ABC makes with her to let the survivors of her wreckage live on a new island.

The best thing ABC can do is let this go. Set these people free. They will always be anchored to the weight of this nightmare.

 Here’s a sampling of her latest ramblings, in which she has suddenly figured out that George Soros was only 13 during the height of the Holocaust, and that she, Roseanne, in her fevered imagination, is actually a crusader for human rights:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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