Lawsuits coming

Given the furor and the cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s current TV show as a result of her stupid, intemperate and racist tweet, it’s no surprise that even reruns of her first show (the one that was on from 1988 to 1997) have been canceled.

I don’t know whether she has any sense of guilt or empathy for her former co-workers or not, but there surely were a lot of them thrown out of work as a result of her behavior. I haven’t a clue how many people work behind the cameras to make a thirty-minute sitcom, but it has to be quite a few, judging from the credits I’ve watched over the years. Gaffers, key grips, writers, accountants, caterers, go-fers, electricians, carpenters and set movers: all those folks are at least temporarily out of work.

What really struck me, though, was the cancellation’s impact on people who were getting and expected to continue to get residual checks for the reruns. Suppose you had a recurring role on the original show and are semi-retired. With the reruns pulled from Viacom’s Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT, you’ve just lost a chunk of income, thanks to the program’s star’s stupidity. If it were me, I’d be talking to lawyers about civil suits.