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    A ‘Roseanne’ spinoff may be on the way to ABC this fall

    John Goodman and Sara Gilbert are two of the “Roseanne” cast members around whom a Roseanne Barr-less spinoff could center.
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    John Goodman and Sara Gilbert are two of the “Roseanne” cast members around whom a Roseanne Barr-less spinoff could center.

    You didn’t think the “Roseanne” saga was over, did you? The ABC revival series wasn’t just the highest rated sitcom of the season; it was an industry sensation, as it inspired other networks to return to multi-camera working-class family sitcoms for next fall. The star’s racism brought down the whole ship; but just maybe, just maybe, there’s room on the floating door for a few survivors?

    Yup, a spinoff may well be coming our way in the fall. According to Deadline, “Roseanne” executive producers including Tom Werner, Sara Gilbert, and showrunner Bruce Helford have pitched a project to ABC that would continue the Connor story without Roseanne Barr but with the show’s writers, cast, and crew. It would be a return to the “Roseanne”-verse, minus its center.

    In the meeting, ABC reportedly made it clear that Barr could have no involvement whatsoever — not creatively, and not financially. The financial involvement question means lawyers will need to take a deep dive into the nature of Barr’s specific credit on the show. While Matt Williams created “Roseanne,” it was “Based Upon a Character Created by Roseanne Barr.” If that character isn’t in the spinoff — even though she married and gave birth to the characters on the spinoff — does that cut out Barr? And if Barr sues, will her challenge have legs?

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    Those close to the project are “optimistic and hopeful” something can be worked out, according to Deadline. It would certainly solve a problem for ABC, which was left with a hole in its fall lineup when it canceled “Roseanne.”

    Would the new show be “Darlene”? “Dan the Man”? “The Original Becky”? “Jerry Garcia Conner: He Lives!”? At least two high-profile writers have already offered their services on Twitter. Mindy Kaling said: “Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman let me write things for you.” And Lena Dunham said: “I will do the spin off of your show starring Darlene’s cool kids.”

    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.