After weeks of hypothesis, ABC formally ordered Roseanne spinoff, The Conners, to collection for a fall debut with out Roseanne Barr‘s involvement. Now comes the query: How will Barr’s character, Roseanne Conner, be written off?
It’s unclear how the writers will handle her absence in the brand new collection, although it appears very attainable that the Conner matriarch may very well be killed off primarily based on the official premise offered by ABC, which seems to recommend that one thing ominous might have occurred to the household in between seasons.
“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,” the synopsis reads. “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.”
In the penultimate episode of the Roseanne revival, Roseanne revealed on the 45th anniversary of her and Dan’s wedding ceremony that she was hooked on painkillers on account of a foul knee. Dan promised that they might schedule the knee surgical procedure she wanted, irrespective of how a lot it price, however her opioid dependancy turned out to be extra critical than anybody may have thought. It got here to gentle after Roseanne went to the freezer to retrieve her rubber ice pack — and pulled out a plastic bag filled with tablets as a substitute.
Some followers appeared to consider that Roseanne Conner is probably not lengthy for this world, taking to Twitter to air out their speculative theories:
More than three weeks after Barr’s Twitter scandal led to the cancellation of the Roseanne revival, ABC formally ordered a brand new collection that includes the unique forged with out Barr. Tentatively titled The Conners, the brand new spinoff will premiere its 10-episode season this fall. Barr won’t obtain any monetary compensation or have any artistic enter in the brand new collection.
In an announcement to ET on Thursday, Barr reacted to the information, revealing that she had let the present transfer ahead with out her participation. “I remorse the circumstances which have prompted me to be faraway from Roseanne. I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved forged and crew may very well be saved, and I want one of the best for everybody concerned,” she stated.
John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman will all return to reprise their iconic characters. Sources near The Conners inform ET that the hope is to have Jayden Rey, Ames McNamara andEmma Kenney return, however their offers are usually not completed but. Additional forged members and a premiere date might 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 stated 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.”
In May, ABC canceled Roseanne after Barr posted a racist tweet focusing 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 stated in an announcement on 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 subsequently eliminated all references to the revival collection on its press website and Viacom pulled all re-runs of the sitcom’s whole 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 report 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.