"Rosanne" Spin-Off "The Conners" Picked Up By ABC Without Roseanne Barr

Danny Woods
June 22, 2018

Much of the show's cast, including John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky), and Michael Fishman (D.J.) are expected to reprise their characters on a new show that's now being dubbed, "The Conners", according to ABC News. The series will be titled The Conners, and will replace its predecessor in the 8 p.m. time slot on Tuesdays, effectively ousting its eponymous matriarch.

The new show will be basically the same thing. "What's more, if she retains the rights to the character for any future uses (including bringing Roseanne Conner somewhere else), then this is all enormously helpful to her prospects, compared to, say, putting the entire show in a great big bag, setting it on fire and throwing it into a ravine".

"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", she said. The Connors will be a 10-episode season and will begin this Fall. And ABC's move to cancel the show cost the network a ton in potential ad revenue: The revival, which made $45 million in ad dollars this past season, was slated to earn up to $60 million in its 11th season, per Kantar Media figures provided to The Wrap.

"Roseanne" finished the 2017-18 television season as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-same-day numbers.

In a joint statement, cast members said: "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".

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"We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family", Werner said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Conners' stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love".

Nonetheless, the network axed Roseanne after its lead actress Roseanne Barr used Twitter to liken Valerie Jarrett, an African American former White House aide, to an ape. ABC pulled the plug on its highly-watched hit that was earning good reviews the next afternoon.

A Roseanne spinoff minus the show's former star, tentatively called The Conners, is officially a go at ABC. It is not known how Barr's character will be written off the show.

ABC said that through "the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns-with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails", while describing what the Conners will face in Langford after the not-so-mysterious "sudden turn of events".

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