US network ABC may have been pushed to cancel one of their most lucrative shows when Roseanne Barr decided to hit Twitter with racism, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t find another way to keep it all going without her.
ABC has officially given Roseanne spinoff The Conners a straight to series order and are moving full steam ahead to have it ready for the US fall season later this year. Of course, Barr will have nothing to do with it. The show’s former series star and executive producer will have no financial or creative involvement in the spinoff, the result of a settlement reached with series producer Tom Werner.
“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” Barr said in a statement. “I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”
The Conners (which is currently the working title) will see the return of John Goodman as Dan, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie, Sara Gilbert as Darlene, Lecy Goranson as Becky and Michael Fishman as D.J. So, how will Roseanne’s sudden absence be explained? No details as yet, only that the new show will pick up “after a sudden turn of events.”
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.
Here’s what cast members Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Goranson and Fishman had to say in a joint statement:
“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”
It will be interesting to see how the show fares without Barr and whether the crowds will tune in the way they did when Roseanne returned to screens earlier this year. The 10-episode spinoff series will begin later this year; additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced at a later date.