‘The Conners,’ a Roseanne-free sitcom, Officially Picked Up by ABC

It will take over the ‘Roseanne’ Tuesday 8 p.m. time slot

The Conners will feature Sara Gilbert’s Darlene and John Goodman’s Dan.   Getty Images

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Three weeks after ABC abruptly canceled its top-rated series, Roseanne, the network has finally found a replacement show: a spinoff of the sitcom starring everyone but Roseanne Barr, whose racist tweet caused the show to be shelved in the first place.
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ABC announced today that it is picking up The Conners straight-to-series with a 10-episode order, and the spinoff will air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., in the slot originally earmarked this fall for Roseanne prior to that show’s cancellation. A premiere date and additional cast will be announced later.

The new series, The Conners, will focus on the other members of Roseanne’s TV family: Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Darlene (Sara Gilbert, who was an executive producer on last season’s revival and will also executive produce the spinoff), Becky (Lecy Goranson) and D.J. (Michael Fishman).

Those cast members said 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.”

The network said that Barr “will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series,” and that executive producer Tom Werner and Barr have reached an agreement that will allow Werner Entertainment to produce the spinoff without Barr’s further creative or financial participation.

“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne. 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,” Barr said in a statement.

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Published on June 22, 2018 at 8:17 am by clockwatcher

Comments

June 22, 2018 - 9:14 am

Les H.

Nobody is likely going to watch it.

Rosanne, the original show and its short lived reboot was popular as it revolved around Rosanne Barr and her character. The other actors and actresses were all to varying degrees support actors and actresses. They were not designed to carry the show.

Like her or not back in the day and it’s current reboot, Rosanne Barr was the show. ABC is trying to save face by trying to reboot the what was out of the gate a well rated show but without Barr… IT WILL NOT SUCCEED!


June 22, 2018 - 11:13 am

oh brother

It’s all a stunt folks. We’re being played.


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