As expected, TV Line is reporting that ABC has ordered a spin-off of their Roseanne revival tentatively titled The Conners. Just like that, the Roseanne in Roseanne disappears into the Roseanne graveyard of things we never speak of again, like Dan’s death, or Lonnie Anderson.
Shortly after Roseanne Barr’s show got canceled thanks to her racist tweets, there have been rumors that ABC will save the show from permanent cancellation by retooling it to focus on another character, like Sara Gilbert’s character Darlene. Roseanne reportedly begged ABC not to kill the show all together. The Roseanne spin-off nobody would have seen coming a year ago has been given a 10-episode straight-to-series order and will focus on the whole family. Well, minus the loud one who can’t handle her Ambien.
It will premiere this fall in Roseanne’s former timeslot, Tuesday’s at 8pm. Cast members that are reportedly set to return are Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman. Executive producer Tom Werner and showrunner Bruce Helford are also coming back.
ABC released a statement about their Roseanne spin-off, and they made it very clear there will be zero Roseanne involved, saying she’ll “have no financial or creative involvement in the new series.”
Roseanne Barr released a statement. When Roseanne usually releases her thoughts, it’s a mess, but this one is safe for everyone to read, because a publicist probably wrote it.
“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 involved.”
The cast of The Conners released a statement of their own, saying the cast and crew are so happy to return to television to tell stories about a working-class family “through love and laughter.”
ABC doesn’t say how they’ll explain Roseanne Conner’s absence in this new series. But based on the show description, it kind of sounds like Roseanne is dead.
“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.”
That’s the only way to explain it, right? Either Roseanne bites the big one, or she leaves the family in the middle of the night to join the circus (aka Trump’s re-election campaign). If her character was to die, it would be fitting if it were to reflect the real-life death of her career on Twitter by having her carried off by a giant bird.