Rosanne Barr Gets Another Shot With New NBC Show, Plus Role on ‘The Office’

Friday, 01 Feb 2013 08:49 AM

By Dale Eisinger

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Roseanne Barr and NBC are teaming up again for a new yet-to-be-named television series that she will produce and star in. In addition, NBC cast Roseanne — a one-time longshot presidential candidate — in a three-episode run in the current season of the hit comedy "The Office," a show currently in its final season.

Barr, or just Roseanne to most of America, will executive produce the new series with Steven Greener, with whom she produced the reality show "Roseanne's Nuts" on the Lifetime cable network.

The spot on "The Office" comes as part of the deal for the new network show. NBC cast Roseanne as a talent agent who helps Andy Bernard, played by Ed Helms, seek out his life-long dream of a career in show business.

Roseanne herself has had a rollercoaster career in the biz, an up-and-down ride of big hits and some misses. In 2012, she and NBC almost partnered for a totally different sitcom, "Downwardly Mobile," which would have cast the 60-year-old comedian against her former co-star John Goodman. The series, about the manager of a mobile home park, was ordered by the network to pilot but never made it to a full series run.

Roseanne starred in the wildly popular "Roseanne" show on ABC in the late '80s, for nearly 10 years. Still in re-runs, it was one of the most successful debuts of the year and brought the comedian wide-ranging success.

Roseanne was seen by many critics as a spokeswoman for the working class. She won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the show and TV Guide named it one of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time.

Roseanne attempted to keep the success of the program going, trying to make a Roseanne spinoff as the sitcom wound down. But the deal never happened and Roseanne returned to a career of stand-up comedy.

In July 1990, Roseanne performed a contentious rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the opening of a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds. Roseanne was called "screechy" and derided by many. The controversy surrounding the song went all the way to the White House. Then-President George H. W. Bush called the rendition "disgraceful."

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