ABC might be one of the dumbest networks out there. I mean, what were they thinking when they came up with the idea to do a spinoff of “Roseanne” after canceling the show and firing Roseanne Barr? The show was doomed from the start without its’ main protagonist.
Anyone tuning in to watch “The Conners” was most likely doing so just to see what an epic failure it turned out to be… which it was. While it was good of ABC to try and find a way for the show’s crew to keep their jobs, this was entirely the wrong way to go about doing it. And this has just been proven by the show’s sinking ratings.
ABC wasn’t going to let Roseanne Barr keep her job with them after sending out a seemingly racist tweet about former Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett. The network caved into the pressures of liberal America and fired Barr, canceling “Roseanne” indefinitely.
Now it seems that “The Conners” will meet a similar fate very soon.
From ShowBiz 411:
Last night, “The Conners” was beaten by everything- “NCIS,” “The Voice,” etc. This was their first really objective run, no World Series, nothing to distract potential viewers.
ABC has ordered 1 extra episode to the original order of 10. Sounds to me like a finale. Someone wakes up and says they dreamt Roseanne died. There’s a cackle from the next room. Fade to black.
The whole show is a disaster, and it was doomed from the start.
There have been rumors that ABC executives are second guessing their emotional response to Barr’s tweet in firing her. Keep in mind that these are just rumors.
Top ABC brass may have acted too swiftly by pulling the plug on Roseanne – and they now fear the show’s replacement spin-off will flop without its star.
Two senior executives at the network have told DailyMailTV that firing the actress was a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction by ABC’s president and admitted that temporarily suspending Barr may have been a wiser decision.
“We didn’t think it through properly. What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn’t have rushed to fire her. It was almost a knee-jerk reaction by Ben [Sherwood] and Channing [Dungey] who should have launched an investigation,” an insider reportedly said.
Other networks should heed warning from ABC’s mistakes. They made a snap decision and fired the star of their hit sitcom. The decision was made out of emotion, and wasn’t thought through entirely. While ABC may have come to the same conclusion, they should have sat and stewed on it a bit.
Chicksonright.com explains it perfectly: “The move to fire Roseanne is going to end up costing ABC a lot of jobs and a lot of money and it never had to happen.”