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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Ordered to Series at ABC Without Roseanne Barr’s Involvement

It’s official: The Roseanne spinoff is headed to TV.

More than three weeks after Roseanne Barr‘s Twitter scandal led to the cancellation of the Roseanne revival, ABC has formally ordered a brand new collection that includes the unique solid minus Barr, the community introduced Thursday.

Tentatively titled The Conners, the brand new spinoff obtained a 10-episode order to premiere this fall. Barr is not going to obtain any monetary compensation or have any artistic enter within the new collection.

After a sudden flip of occasions, the Conners are compelled to face the every day struggles of life in Lanford in a method they by no means have earlier than. This iconic household — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. — grapples with parenthood, relationship, an surprising being pregnant, monetary pressures, ageing and in-laws in working-class America. Through all of it, the fights, the coupon slicing, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns — with love, humor and perseverance, the household prevails.

John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman will all return to reprise their iconic characters. Sources shut to The Conners inform ET that the hope is to have Jayden Rey, Ames McNamara and Emma Kenney return, however their offers should not performed but. Additional solid members and a premiere date can be introduced at a later date.

“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC mentioned in an announcement.

“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,” Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Goranson and Fishman said in a joint statement. “We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”

Barr, who was an govt producer on Roseanne, reached an settlement with Tom Werner‘s Werner Entertainment, the studio behind the comedy, to permit them to transfer ahead with the spinoff with out her involvement.

“I remorse the circumstances which have brought about me to be faraway from Roseanne. I agreed to the settlement so that 200 jobs of beloved solid and crew may very well be saved, and I want the very best for everybody concerned,” Barr mentioned in an announcement.

“We are grateful to have reached this settlement to maintain our crew working as we proceed to discover tales of the Conner household,” Werner mentioned in an announcement.

Earlier this month, a supply with information of the state of affairs informed ET that ABC and the present’s producers had been deep in conversations for a Roseanne offshoot. According to the supply, a number of concepts had been being mentioned behind closed doorways and “it’s greater than seemingly your complete solid — minus its main girl — and crew would return” if an settlement on a reboot may be made.

In May, ABC canceled Roseanne after Barr posted a racist tweet concentrating on Barack Obama‘s former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey mentioned in an announcement at the time. Many of Barr’s castmates, together with Gilbert, Fishman and Kenney condemned Barr, and Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer on the revival introduced she wouldn’t be returning.

ABC’s choice to undo the Roseanne renewal got here simply hours after the the outspoken Barr obtained backlash for her statements about Jarrett. Barr, 65, tweeted, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” referring to Jarrett, who’s black and was born in Iran. Barr later deleted the tweet.

She issued an apology to Jarrett and “all Americans” after coming beneath fireplace for her racist tweet. “I apologize,” Barr wrote. “I am now leaving Twitter.” However, Barr was again on the social media platform inside hours of her proclamation, later blaming Ambien for her racial outburst.

ABC subsequently eliminated all references to the revival collection on its press website and Viacom pulled all re-runs of the sitcom’s total run from all of its channels. 

ABC issued an early 13-episode renewal for the Roseanne revival in March, after the ’90s multicamera comedy drew document scores with greater than 18 million viewers (not together with delayed viewing) tuning in to the hour-long premiere. It had been slated to return to its Tuesday eight p.m. perch this fall, as a lead-in for freshman comedy The Kids Are Alright.

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