The odd thing is that in many ways this whole deal is a huge error for the Left. It will be fun to watch it play out. The show they cancelled was notable for its instant success that came by actually reaching out to middle America. It was unexpected, and Rosanne had to be “de-platformed.” This is because Rosanne was making supporting Trump fashionable. (Kanye)
Now Rosanne seems like a huge dummy, but perhaps not so much. The writers of her show were doing what they do, using it as an SJW conduit to harangue Trump supporters who would tune in to support the show. But, instead, they made her a Martyr and left the initial success of the show as a datapoint without the inevitable collapse that comes from what those writers were doing.. (ala S0LO).
Rosanne is an outrage player. they can’t take away the success of the show as it premiered, but they could have killed it by making folks sick of it.. and they were busy doing that.. and now.. oops.. they killed it while it was popular for a financial loss. ABC will bear this pain. They will bear it more as people process what actually happened as they are. Rosanne came out today and tweaked the bear’s nose, pointing out who George Soros is.. right in the core of this burning spotlight.
These are amazing times.
I kinda agree with your scenario.
I do think that Roseanne signed up to do half a season...a farewell tour perhaps (same for John Goodman). I think she was shocked that she picked right back up and by the second episode....they were locked in as one of the top five shows on TV.
But like you said...the SJW writers were in the mix...all hired by Sara Gilbert. She was the producer and running this show, not Roseanne. A vast amount of the show was geared toward SJW topics. Then about a month ago, as the episodes were wrapping up...Sara told news journalists that ‘Trump’ would not be discussed or uttered in the 2019 season, period.
I think Roseanne sat there with a problem. She couldn’t argue with Sara and achieve anything. Sara already had an inside deal with the network. So she thought about who needed to fire her and the abc chief came up...with ties to Obama’s wife and the Persian. It was pretty simple and blaming ambien worked well.
But this talk of the past 48 hours...creating a new show called ‘Jackie’ and taking all the characters into that show....then to say in episode one that Roseanne died in some unfortunate accident. Talk is that Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, and John Goodman would make $4 million each for a season (gossip I suspect).
I don’t think that Goodman has any interest in the deal, and he was there for strictly a half-season deal.
Here’s the thing....if you ran a stupid show like this (minus Roseanne), then you come to episode one where everyone has fake tears and talk about the wonderful mother....when every single one of them bad-mouthed Roseanne (except Goodman).
I suspect that Roseanne has a deal lined up and ready with Fox....probably some piece about a woman who has died....gone to heaven and found that God has blocked off the Gate and sent her back into someone else’s shoes...maybe even the mother of five black kids who need character-building. That kind of move by Roseanne would clobber the Sara Gilbert project and tumble them way down on the viewer list.
On a final note....I still wonder how Sara Gilbert got enough status to convince the network to do the reboot. Her resume just doesn’t show enough background. And to think she’d be able to manage or supervise Roseanne? No, that won’t happen.