ABC creates Roseanne spinoff The Connors - without Roseanne Barr

22 June, 2018, 06:24 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Less than a month after ABC cancelled the hit revival of Roseanne because of a racist tweet by Barr, the network has made a decision to go forward with a spinoff that will not include her.

The spinoff, which is scheduled to return to ABC in the fall, will include the principal cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.

"The spin-off will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago", ABC said, a nod to the show's unusual portrayal of a blue-collar family.

The 10-episode season will premiere this fall, in the same Tuesday at 8 EDT/PDT time slot that was to be the home for Season 2 of "Roseanne".

ABC is bringing back the show's five original cast members for a spinoff with the working title "The Conners". Said Barr: "I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne". We're so thrilled to have the opportunity to return with the same cast and same crew to continue to tell those stories through love and laughter'.

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In a press release sent out on Thursday (June 21) evening, ABC announced that they've officially picked up Roseanne spinoff that'll center around the Connor family. The show's remaining cast issued a joint statement expressing relief at the new series order.

The show tackled hot-button topics such as the opioid epidemic, single parenting and the Trump presidency, with the fictional Roseanne's support mirrored by that of Barr in real life.

But Barr later deleted the tweet and tweeted an apology to Jarrett and "all Americans". When she posted a racist comment about Valerie Jarrett and offensive comments about Chelsea Clinton and other political figures, the network decided it had to cancel the show.

For the new iteration, Werner will continue to executive produce, along with Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez.

The show drew an average of 18.7 million viewers, second only to CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, according to Nielsen data through to May 20.

It's unclear how the writers will address her absence in the new series, though it seems very possible that the Conner matriarch could be killed off based on the official premise provided by ABC, which appears to suggest that something ominous may have happened to the family in between seasons.

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