When ABC chose to cancel “Roseanne” after Roseanne Barr’s now infamous Tweet, the network was ending the most popular show on television. The decision cost the network millions in ad-revenue and ended the jobs of writers, directors, actors, and everyone else connected to the show. Now ABC is bringing the Conners back to the small-screen (again) but this time without the show’s lead.
“The Conners” (currently a working title), will be a spinoff of the family comedy “Roseanne,” but obviously with one big difference. The show was officially greenlit to series with an order of 10 episodes for fall 2018. According to ABC, “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 family, which will be Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – will deal with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. The network goes on to say, “Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.”
The series, featuring John Goodman (“Dan”), Laurie Metcalf (“Jackie”), Sara Gilbert (“Darlene”), Lecy Goranson (“Becky”) and Michael Fishman (“D.J.”) as their popular Conner characters, is set to air Tuesdays (8:00-8:30 p.m.). Additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced later.
ABC was very clear that Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series.
“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 shared in a statement.
In support of their new series, cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman said, in a joint statement:
“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. 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.”
Tom Werner will executive produce, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan and Bruce Rasmussen are also writers. The series is from Tom Werner and Werner Entertainment.