Roseanne Wants Her DVD27 Mar, 2004 By: Fred Topel
As the TV DVD trend continues to pick up steam, certain classics remain unavailable. “Roseanne,” which ran from 1988 to 1997, is reportedly among the most-requested shows, but production company Carsey-Werner-Mandabach (CWM) has yet to give it the green light.
That frustrates star and series creator Roseanne, who believes the production company is worried a DVD release would negatively impact its syndication deals.
“I think because it's doing so well in syndication; I think they still are selling it, and they kind of own Oxygen, that channel,” Roseanne said. “It's something to do with money, I'm sure.”
A spokesperson for CWM would only say, “CWM has had several discussions about ‘Roseanne' being sold on DVD, but no final decision has been made at this point.”
“Roseanne” featured the famed comedienne as the matriarch of a working-class family struggling to make ends meet and often fighting with one another.
Roseanne encourages fans to contact CWM to demonstrate demand for “Roseanne” DVDs. “That isn't my decision,” she said. “It's Carsey-Werner. If you write Carsey-Werner and ask them, maybe they will [release it on DVD]. I wish they would.”
Roseanne said she would be happy to create extras for a DVD package. She's particularly keen on providing commentary tracks and promises to come clean on the notorious behind-the-scenes conflicts between cast and crew.
“I would totally do commentary for it, because I remember almost every show and what was going on,” she said. “I would say, ‘Well, this is where such and such was fired.' There are good stories.”
And yet she maintains, “We always had fun, the cast. We always had great fun every day on that show.”
Roseanne said she's also willing to film wraparound introductions to various episodes and features. She would also like to search for deleted footage. “There probably are hours of tape that I don't know where it is, or who has it, or it might have already been destroyed,” she said. “The whole time we were doing that show, I thought to myself, ‘I should save these,' especially [the scenes in which] John Goodman is just improvising the most brilliant stuff you've ever heard. I don't know if it's anywhere.”
Whatever the fate of “Roseanne” DVDs, the actress remains good humored. “Well, if it does [get released], I hope I make money off it,” she said. “Whatever they do, I just hope it keeps giving me checks so I can continue to support my children. I've got five kids, three ex-husbands and a mom and sisters and a brother. I have a lot of people I take care of, so keep that money coming.”
Although, she cautions, “If selling DVDs is going to cut down my [syndication] checks, I don't want it to happen.”