ABC announced today that the Roseanne spin-off will move forward without star and creator Roseanne Barr. The decision comes just weeks after Barr made racist comments on social media, which led to the cancelation of the original revival series. The revival series had just been picked up for a second season with the cast and crew inking new deals. The cancelation of the show ended up in over 200 jobs lost.
The new Roseanne show has a working title of The Conners and will see one of America's favorite families dealing with a huge change in their lives, according to a press release. ABC released a statement announcing that Roseanne Barr will not be a part of the show and she will not profit in any way. Barr also released her own statement giving the Roseanne reboot her seal of approval. She had this to say.
"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."
John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fisher will all reprise their roles in the new Roseanne reboot. It is unclear when the show will begin to roll tape, but another announcement is expected very soon. For now, fans of Roseanne should be very excited.
"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."
The new take on Roseanne will also be a multicamera comedy series and will premiere in the fall. Though Barr will not have any creative input or financial gain, she will retain the rights to the Roseanne character and will have to sign off on any other proposed spin-offs that have to do with The Conners. Executive producer Tom Werner says.
"We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family."
"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," said ABC in their statement.
This is an unprecedented move for a show of this magnitude and will see The Conners on a new journey without their former titular star. As previously noted, the Roseanne reboot will premiere this fall, though no production start date has been set at this time.