“Roseanne” was cancelled this week, but two of TV’s most successful writers are offering a lifeline to some of its cast members.
“The Mindy Project” creator and star Mindy Kaling tweeted Wednesday to the now-dead sitcom revival’s co-stars Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman to “let me write things for you.”
Seeing Kaling’s tweet, “Girls” creator Lena Dunham offered the idea of spin-off featuring the character Darlene’s kids.
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter points out that even though there won’t be another season of “Roseanne”, the show’s stars are still expecting to be paid for it.
According to THR, the stars Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman each negotiated new deals for the 11th season, set to earn $350,000 an episode (an increase of the $250,000 they earned for season 10 but a fraction of the $500,000-per-year-salary of star Roseanne Barr.
The actors, notes THR, are expecting to be paid for the aborted season because “their options were exercised,” with a source revealing that “they’ll lawyer up if they have to” if ABC balks at paying them.
“Roseanne” was axed Tuesday hours after Barr tweeted racist comments. ABC In a statement announcing the show’s cancellation, Entertainment Chief Channing Dungey described Barr’s tweet as “abhorrent, repugnant.”