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Roseanne Barr's Twitter rant blasts TV, admits to 'mental health issues'

30 November 2013 10:30 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Actress/comedian Roseanne Barr went on a rather epic drunken Twitter rant Saturday (Nov. 30), referencing her two recent experiences working in TV -- her 2011 reality show called "Roseanne's Nuts" and her recent reunion with "Roseanne" star John Goodman in "Downwardly Mobile," a sitcom that was picked up by NBC but then later shelved after only the pilot was filmed.

Roseanne writes:

I'm never going to work in television again. I'm never going to even attempt it. I feel as if I've been insulted/assaulted for over a year. actually, for many years-from my first reality show to my second and two failed development deals. Don't call me-i won't call you. I'm gone. Not One word remained of any ideas I had. I was constantly 'corrected' as if I had no track record whatsoever. I'm enraged over all of it.

here's my advice: if u know something is wrong frm the start, »


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Roseanne Barr Nears Deal for 10/90 Sitcom Order at NBC

28 June 2013 1:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NBC is looking to make a big investment in Roseanne Barr. The network is nearing a deal with the comedian for a starring sitcom vehicle that will go straight to series under the 10/90 model, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A collaboration with Nurse Jackie co-creator and former co-showrunner Linda Wallem, the multicamera family comedy will mark Barr's second play for a sitcom return in the past two years. She starred in the failed NBC pilot Downwardly Mobile. Should the deal go through, it will be Universal TV and NBC's first attempt at the 10/90 template most successfully

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TV on Tap: NBC Signs Roseanne for Another Comedy, "Hannibal" Gets a "Dead Like Me" Reunion and "The Americans" Opens Big

1 February 2013 4:26 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Lifetime examines the story of the wives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X with Betty & Coretta.


Here's the news that kept me going amid yesterday's bleakness, Dead Like Me star Ellen Muth will appear in an episode of (Dead Like Me creator) Bryan Fuller's new show, Hannibal, according to TVLine.

Angry Jonathan Coulton supporters are sinking user ratings for Glee's version of "Baby Got Back,", borrowed heavily from Coulton's interpretation.

Gerald MacRaney will have a recurring role on the upcoming season of Southland, according to EW. Major Dad will play a retired police officer who trained Cooper back in the day.

Ben & Jerry's frozen tribute to 30 Rock is ... Liz Lemon Frozen Yogurt with a blueberry lavender swirl. Buzzfeed is unimpressed, but I was hoping for a lemon flavor (though I suspect Liz Lemon would say she treats herself to frozen yogurt but ends »

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Roseanne, John Goodman return to comedy series; new Seth MacFarlane show casts Brenda Song

31 January 2013 7:34 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Today's dispatches from the trenches of pilot season:

- Roseanne is developing a new comedy for NBC, after the network failed to pick-up her pilot "Downwardly Mobile" last season. She's already in business with the network filming a guest arc on the final season of "The Office." Meanwhile, Roseanne's one-time TV husband John Goodman has been cast in Garry Trudeau's "Alpha House," about four U.S. Senators living in a rented house in Washington D.C., for Amazon. [Variety / Deadline]

- Brenda Song ("The Suite Life," "The Social Network") is the first casting for Fox's untitled comedy series from "Ted" writers Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane. Sulkin and Wild wrote the pilot about two thirtysomething guys and their terrible dads. Fox has already ordered six episodes before the pilot is shot. [Deadline]

- Pilot "Good luck charm" James Burrows has booked three gigs on multicamera comedy pilots so far »


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NBC giving another Roseanne Barr sitcom a chance

31 January 2013 2:23 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Like a blue-collar family that continues to pull itself up by its bootstraps and lucrative development deals, Roseanne Barr will get another chance at TV stardom thanks to the similarly downtrodden, catch-as-catch-can Joads over at NBC. Barr has continued her slow barreling into the NBC comedy lineup by signing a deal to create and star in another series there—this following last year’s NBC purchase of Downwardly Mobile, which would have reunited Barr with former TV husband John Goodman and the timely themes of laughing cathartically at poverty (specifically, someone else’s). As that didn’t pan out, Barr »

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NBC Would Like a Roseanne Barr Sitcom, Please

31 January 2013 11:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Roseanne Barr is taking another swing at developing an NBC sitcom. According to THR, she and producing partner Steven Greener have signed a deal to have Barr create and star in a new comedy. Déjà vu: Barr developed an NBC sitcom last pilot season that would have reunited her with John Goodman. Alas, Downwardly Mobile didn't make it past the pilot stage, but perhaps everyone will fare better this time. For old time's sake, here is a clip from one of the best episodes of Roseanne. If you can hear the song "On the Road Again" without just subbing in "dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah road again" for the lyrics, it's only because you've never watched season four's "Kansas City, Here We Come." »

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Roseanne Barr To Develop & Star In New Comedy Series For NBC

31 January 2013 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Roseanne Barr has signed a deal with NBC and Universal TV to develop a comedy series — a starring vehicle for the Roseanne alumna — which she will executive produce with Steven Greener. The two previously collaborated on Barr’s Lifetime reality series Roseanne’s Nuts. Additionally, Barr is doing a three-episode arc on the final season of the NBC/Uni TV comedy series The Office. She will play talent agent Carla Fern who agrees to help office manager Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) realize his show business dream.  Filming of her episodes is set to begin this week. Last season, Paradigm-repped Barr developed a multi-camera comedy at 20th TV, Downwardly Mobile, which landed at NBC with penalty and went to pilot. »


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Roseanne Barr to Develop, Star in NBC Comedy

31 January 2013 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Roseanne Barr is back in business with NBC a year after the network passed on her Downwardly Mobile comedy pilot.  The actress who starred on ABC's Roseanne for nine seasons has inked a development deal with Universal Television to develop, star and produce a comedy for NBC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story: TV Pilots 2013: The Complete Guide As part of the pact, Barr will reteam with Roseanne's Nuts producer Steven Greener, who will executive produce the series alongside the actress-comedian. Barr last season starred alongside her former on-screen husband John Goodman as the proprietor of

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'The Office' hires Roseanne Barr for a guest role

30 January 2013 11:14 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

A big sitcom star will visit "The Office" before it closes up shop at the end of this season.

Roseanne Barr will guest on an upcoming episode, playing a talent agent named Carla Fern, the AP reports. She's scheduled to film her scenes Wednesday (Jan. 30).

And who would need a talent agent on "The Office"? One Andy Bernard (Ed Helms), who apparently rekindles his dreams of stardom after returning from his boat trip.

Barr's "Office" appearance will be her first appearance on a scripted comedy since she guested on "My Name Is Earl" in 2006. She starred in and co-created an NBC pilot called "Downwardly Mobile" last year, but it wasn't picked up. »


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