Well, that’s one way to do it.
To explain the absense of Roseanne in the spinoff series The Conners, heading to US network ABC later this year, the writers have decided the best way to do it is to have her character die.
ABC fired Roseanne Barr and consequently cancelled popular sitcom Roseanne hours after she posted a racist tweet against former President Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. It took just a bit over three weeks for ABC to green light a spinoff series, which will have no creative or financial input from Barr.
Speculation arose that the character of Roseanne may be killed off after ABC released the following synopsis:
After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.
And it appears that actor John Goodman has now confirmed what the “sudden turn of events” is referring to.
“It’s an unknown. I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” Goodman, who plays drywall contractor and Roseanne’s husband, Dan Conner, told The Sunday Times (via Indiewire). No further details were revealed.
Goodman also told the publication that he went through a period of depression after Roseanne was cancelled.
“I was broken-hearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go. But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.”
The Conners, which will see Goodman return alongside Laurie Metcalf as Jackie, Sara Gilbert as Darlene, Lecy Goranson as Becky and Michael Fishman as D.J., is scheduled to premiere on October 16.