‘The Conners’ is happening, without Roseanne Barr

Brenda Watkins
June 23, 2018

ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series.

On Thursday, the network announced that much of the cast of "Roseanne", including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, are set to reprise their iconic roles in the new show, now named "The Conners" as a working title.

In what became the final straw for ABC, Barr in May tweeted a racist insult describing ex-Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is black, as though the "Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby".

Tom Werner will executive produce the show.

Barr apologized for her racist tweet but ABC condemned it as "abhorrent" and "inconsistent with our values" in announcing the cancellation of her show.

Kantar Media said Roseanne earned an estimated $45 million in advertising revenue for ABC through last season's nine-episode run.

The press release further clarified that Barr would have "no financial or creative involvement in the new series".

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Barr supported the show's new direction. Barr also issued a statement stating her approval and her desire to save the jobs of the crew: "I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from 'Roseanne".

The spinoff series, The Conners, will focus on the remaining members of the Conner family, meaning that the absence of Barr, who portrayed Roseanne Conner in the namesake series, will have to be addressed.

"We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family", Werner said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After this revelation (which could feature Roseanne Conner having a heart attack à la Dan's dream death by heart attack in season 9), the Conners will be forced to face the daily grind of working-class life "as they never have before".

A Roseanne spinoff minus the show's former star, tentatively called The Conners, is officially a go at ABC. "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".

But Barr's controversial behavior on Twitter was a constant headache for ABC.

Barr had a long history of making offensive statements on Twitter prior to ABC's decision past year to order a revival of the long-running family sitcom, which first aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997.

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