Gilbert and Werner’s working relationship dates back over 25 years, when 13-year-old Gilbert was cast as Darlene in the original Roseanne, which Werner executive produced. Fast forward two decades, Werner and Gilbert were main driving forces behind the highly rated Roseanne reboot for ABC, which they executive produced. When the reboot was suddenly canceled over star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, Gilbert and Werner led the charge to keep the franchise going, which resulted in spinoff The Conners. The new series quickly established itself as ABC’s No.1 comedy series and was renewed for a second season.
Sara Gilbert, Tom Werner Launch Production Company Sara + Tom
Elaine Low Senior TV Writer Elaine's Most Recent Stories Reed Morano, Amazon’s ‘The Power’ Drop Georgia Over Abortion Bill GLAAD Slams Alabama Public TV for Nixing ‘Arthur’ Same-Sex Marriage Episode Sara Gilbert, Tom Werner Launch Production Company Sara + Tom View All Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Show more sharing options LinkedIn WhatsApp Print Pin It Tumblr CREDIT: Courtesy of Sara Gilbert/Tom Werner Sara Gilbert and veteran producer Tom Werner have teamed up to create production company Sara + Tom, tapping into their working relationship that spans two-and-a-half decades.
The two have been colleagues since the early days of “Roseanne,” which starred Gilbert on screen and featured Werner behind the scenes. Werner has executive produced 230 episodes of the ABC show, including the recent revival. He is now an exec producer on Gilbert vehicle “The Conners,” ABC’s highest-rated new show of the 2018-2019 season. The series has been renewed for a second season.
They say Sara + Tom’s mission is to “get something on TV that makes you laugh and cry.”
“I am thrilled to be working with someone as kind and brilliant as Tom,” said Gilbert. “When I was a kid, he was the guy behind the scenes making it all happen. It’s truly a dream to call him my partner, and I look forward to making impactful, funny and moving content together.”
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