After the stunning cancellation of “Roseanne” on May 29 in the wake of Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweets, we had written off the rest of the cast as Emmy contenders. But with five days left in voting comes news that the show will return, sans Barr, as “The Conners.” This could be just the boost that the likes of John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert need to revive their Emmy chances.
We’ve already seen the Broadway community rally around Metcalf, who pulled off a stunning upset at the recent Tony Awards. She won the featured actress trophy for her work in “Three Tall Women” over Denise Gough, who was riveting in the epic revival of “Angels in America.” Metcalf is equally beloved by the TV academy, racking up three consecutive wins for her role as the tart-tongued Jackie Harris during the original run of “Roseanne” beginning in 1992. She has reaped seven more bids since, including an unprecedented three in one year.
Goodman was a perennial nominee for playing patriarch Dan Conner on “Roseanne” but never closed the deal, losing seven years running beginning in 1989. It took a guest turn on the one-season Aaron Sorkin show “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” in 2007 for him to finally collect an Emmy. He has racked up several more bids since and is sure to want an Emmy bookend.
Gilbert has three Daytime Emmys for her work as both producer and host of the CBS series “The Talk.” She was the first of the cast to castigate Barr for her caustic comments. She contended twice for her supporting role on the original run and might well find that third time is the charm. And she could well be bumped up to lead next year as “The Conners” is said to focus on her character, the dour Darlene Conner.
Do you think that any of the “Roseanne” cast will reap Emmy bids on July 12? Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how they and the show are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced.