‘Roseanne’ Spin-Off ‘The Conners’ Picked Up By ABC

This is great news for fans of the TV series ‘Roseanne’ but not necessarily it’s star.

By kncipat on June 22, 2018
BURBANK, CA – MARCH 23: Whitney Cummings, Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Jayden Rey, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Sarah Chalke and Emma Kenney attend the premiere of ABC’s “Roseanne” at Walt Disney Studio Lot on March 23, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

This is great news for fans of the TV series ‘Roseanne’ but not necessarily it’s star.

BuzzFeed reports, “The cancellation decision by ABC’s entertainment president Channing Dungey also left a big hole in the network’s Tuesday night. That hole has now been filled with The Conners, which will premiere in the fall on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The 10-episode spinoff will feature every lead actor from Roseanne except Barr. Yes, Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Becky (Lecy Goranson), and D.J. (Michael Fishman) will live their lives after, according to the logline, “a sudden turn of events” rocks their family.

Let’s say it now: Roseanne is most certainly going to die. In the season finale, she was getting long-awaited knee surgery — tragedy seems likely to strike.

As soon as Roseanne was canceled, a plan was hatched to create a spinoff. Gilbert, who masterminded the original revival of the show, and who was an executive producer on the most recent season; showrunner Bruce Helford; and Tom Werner of Carsey-Werner (the production company behind Roseanne), got together the week of the axing to brainstorm ideas. And indeed, Werner, Gilbert, and Helford are executive producers of The Conners.

The trickiest part was figuring out how to pull off a new show without Barr’s involvement, even if only to pay her for the intellectual property of her creation: that she not profit from a new show was a sticking point for ABC. According to the network’s press release, “Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series.”


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