'Roseanne' spinoff approved - minus Roseanne Barr

Lewis Collier
June 22, 2018

The spinoff series was announced about three weeks after ABC axed the iconic comedienne and television star over a racist tweet.

"According to ABCNews, a spin-off, called "The Conners" has been greenlit and will star most of the cast from the 'Roseanne", including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, who all are set to reprise their roles.

After getting the chance last season to tell stories about challenges facing working-class family, they're glad to "continue to share those stories through love and laughter", the actors said.

ABC released a statement making it clear that Barr would have no involvement or financial ties to the new show.

The family will grapple with "parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America", the statement added.

There's no word yet on when The Conners (which is a working title) might debut, but the first season will consist of 10 episodes.

How Barr's character, the family matriarch, will be erased from their lives was left unexplained for now by ABC.

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Having reached an agreement with executive producer Tom Werner, Barr will not be financially or creatively involved with the new show.

Gilbert added: "This is incredibly sad and hard for all of us, as we've created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love - one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member".

When ABC cancelled the Roseanne reboot after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about a former Obama aide in May, it looked like the show's cast wouldn't get another opportunity to make fans laugh.

In the days that followed, Barr - who was also dropped by her talent agency - blamed Ambien for the tweet, and tweeted that she begged ABC not to shut down the series so the cast and crew could keep their jobs.

The show is expected to air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this coming fall.

The network did not explain what will happen to Barr's character. "The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago", ABC said in a statement.

Perhaps buoyed by support from the White House, Barr was initially defiant, saying she was planning to fight back against the cancellation. Led by executive producers Gilbert, Werner, Helford, and ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, discussions centred on a pitch that would feature Gilbert's Darlene at the centre of an ensemble that would include the show's other key cast members.

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