After Roseanne Barr crippled one of the most successful reboots in television with a series of racist tweets, speculation began almost immediately about whether or not the show could survive without its creator and on-screen matriarch. The powers-that-be at ABC seem to think it can, having officially given the go ahead to a Roseanne-less Roseanne spinoff.
A 10-episode order for The Conners came through from ABC this week, effectively reviving the revival of the sitcom that went off the air in 1997. The network's official logline for the series reads: "After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family - Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. - grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging, and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns - with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails."
Little details are known about how Barr's former title character will exit the show, but it likely involves the aforementioned "sudden turn of events." It is clear that, while other regulars from the revival are on board, including John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky), and Michael Fishman (D.J.), Roseanne herself will not get any sort of on-screen departure. ABC specifically noted in a statement that Barr will have no creative or financial involvement in the new series.
"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," Barr said in a statement following the announcement of the new series.
After apologizing for the tweets that led to the show's cancellation, which likened former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape, Barr became remorseful for all the jobs lost that were tied to the show, which seemed to be a key point going into the talks for the spinoff.
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