Have you missed Roseanne Barr?
NBC certainly hopes the answer to that question is a resounding yes. A year after the company passed on her Downwardly Mobile pilot, it has signed a new deal with the actress, who starred on ABC's Roseanne for nine seasons.
The deal will see Barr developing, starring in and producing a new comedy for the peacock. Steven Greener, who produced Lifetime's reality series Roseanne's Nuts, will team with Barr once again as the two serve as executive producers of the new show.
Barr will appear on NBC later this year, as she has signed a three-episode deal on The Office, where she will play a talent agent helping (the terribly written character) Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) chase his dreams. Sorry, I really hate Andy Bernard ever since they made him branch manager.
It was disappointing when NBC passed on Downwardly Mobile. The show sounded interesting, as it reteamed Barr with John Goodman and focused on a mobile home park. Anyone who has seen Trailer Park Boys can tell you that mobile home parks can be very interesting settings for shows. Unfortunately, the program did not advance past being a pilot.
Are you excited about this news? I realize Roseanne is not everyone's taste (I hated Roseanne, for example), but it seems like her new show might have a real shot on NBC, which is struggling for comedies.