What's next for the cast, staff and network after 'Roseanne' cancellation?

"Everybody is still in shock at how quickly this all went down," an EP said.

May 30, 2018, 4:09 PM

A full day after Roseanne Barr launched her racist tweet about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett, which resulted in the swift cancellation of her hit ABC sitcom Tuesday, there are more questions than answers.

What will happen to the show's writers and producers who lost their jobs the same day they had been scheduled to return to work on the show’s second season?

What show will the network plug into that coveted Tuesday prime time slot?

Company officials are "still discussing" what will replace the show that premiered in March to some of the highest ratings for Disney’s ABC in years, a network representative told ABC News Wednesday.

There may be a decision on what’s next for the key timeslot "by week's end,” the rep said.

This is not the first time a popular television series has been canceled over behind-the-scenes controversies. Arkansas-based Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's hit TLC show, "19 Kids and Counting," was canceled after sexual molestation allegations surfaced about one of the couple's sons.

VH1's "Ev and Ocho" was canceled after Ocho (Chad Johnson) was reportedly arrested for assaulting wife Ev (Evelyn Lozada).

But few if any shows with a national audience as large as "Roseanne" had have been so abruptly canceled.

A scene from the reboot "Roseanne."
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The show's writers had been scheduled to return to work on the show's second season on the same day it was canceled. Both a network representative and showrunner Dave Caplan have said that Tuesday was to be the first day back for the writers, so no new plotlines had been discussed yet.

But the reaction in the writer’s room when the tweet appeared was “universal disgust,” Caplan told The Hollywood Reporter.

"The day began by reading her tweet and I was immediately horrified ... I suspected there might not be any coming back from it," Caplan said, adding that the racist tweet stopped everyone in their tracks and no one could work.

"None of us were in the frame of mind to start writing the show under the circumstances,” Caplan said. “We got together as a group for the first time and there was a lot of bittersweet hellos — and a couple hours later, a lot of very difficult goodbyes."

The cast of the sitcom "Roseanne" are pictured in this undated photo.
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Caplan said the team found out about the cancellation through the media, which was verified to them by fellow showrunner Tom Werner.

"Everybody is still in shock at how quickly this all went down,” he said. “It's unfortunate because the writers did pass on other jobs to take this job and nobody really knows yet what kind of compensation they're going to get. Everybody is a little bit on edge about how it's going to turn out."

He continued, "Bruce Helford, Bruce Rasmussen and I have a pilot project with Tom Werner for ABC and we'll continue working together. I know that Tom really regretted the fact that we had such a wonderful writing staff together ... and I know he'd like to continue using it in some fashion if that were possible."

Caplan hasn't heard from Barr, "nor do I expect to," and stressed that her tweet "doesn't reflect anything to do with our show, which was built on trying to explore a universal humanity that everyone goes through during hard times and difficult circumstances."

As for other actors on the show, stars like Sara Gilbert have said they are "disappointed in [Barr's] actions to say the least." But aside from other projects in the works, there's no word on what some of them will do next.

A-list stars like Mindy Kaling were quick to offer options, however.

"Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman let me write things for you," Kaling tweeted Tuesday.

John Goodman, who portrayed Barr’s husband, also has a few films in the work, according to IMDB, including the thriller "Captive State." Laurie Metcalf - nominated for an Oscar last year for "Lady Bird" – is the voice of a character in the animated "Toy Story 4."

Lesser-known names like Alicia Goranson, who played Becky, has a film, "Buck Run," that is listed as completed, while Michael Fishman, who played D.J, also has a completed project titled "Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets."

Barr has nothing listed under her profile beyond "Roseanne."

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