ABC Plans Spinoff of ‘Roseanne’ Without Roseanne

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“Roseanne” could also be gone however her TV household lives on.

ABC and the manufacturing firm that makes “Roseanne” are shifting ahead with a derivative of the hit sitcom that was abruptly canceled final month after the present’s star Roseanne Barr made a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former prime aide to President

Barack Obama.

The brand new present, tentatively titled “The Conners,” options the opposite stars and co-stars of “Roseanne,” together with John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert. ABC has ordered 10 episodes of the present for this fall, and it’s to air in the identical time slot of eight p.m. Jap on Tuesdays.

Ms. Barr, who was an govt producer of “Roseanne” may have no inventive enter within the new present nor will she be a monetary participant. In a press release, Ms. Barr mentioned she agreed to this “so that 200 jobs of beloved solid and crew might be saved and I want the perfect for everybody concerned.”

Tom Werner, head of “Roseanne” producer Werner Leisure, mentioned the corporate is grateful for the settlement to “hold our group working as we proceed to discover tales of the Conner household.”

To make certain, it’s lower than sure that the present in regards to the Conner household of the fictional city of Lanford, Illinois, will fare with out its matriarch. When “Roseanne” returned final spring after a greater than two-decade hiatus, it averaged a formidable 18 million viewers per episode, based on Nielsen.

Ms. Barr’s assist for President

Donald Trump

was additionally a part of the present as her character, Roseanne Conner, was a booster of the administration a lot to the chagrin of the remainder of her household. Mr. Trump even tweeted in assist of the present.

The present’s success prompt that there was an viewers that Hollywood was overlooking. Critics, nevertheless, charged that Ms. Barr had distorted values and that the brand new present betrayed the messages and themes of the unique “Roseanne.”

Neither ABC nor Mr. Werner mentioned how the disappearance of Ms. Barr’s character could be defined. In asserting the present, ABC mentioned solely, “after a sudden flip of occasions, the Conners are pressured to face the each day struggles of life in Lanford in a means they by no means have earlier than.”

Write to Joe Flint at

Appeared within the June 22, 2018, print version as ‘‘Roseanne’ to Spin Off With out Roseanne.’

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