A scandal recently broke out after Roseanne Barr posted a mean and racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, Barack Obama‘s former aide. The actress then explained that her tweet was written under the influence of a powerful sleeping drug and that she wasn’t in her right mind when she posted it. However, this didn’t prevent Channing Dungey, ABC CEO, from canceling the reboot of Roseanne, the show in which Roseanne Barr was the lead actress. She explained her choice by saying : “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show”.
The idea about a spin-off following the Conners family but without Roseanne Barr was quickly put on the table. Measures have been taken so that Roseanne Barr, considered as the creator of Roseanne’s character, wouldn’t be able to receive a commission thanks to the spin-off. Questioned about that matter, Roseanne Barr only explained that she regrets the circumstances that led her to be expelled from the show and announced that she “agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved”.
Other cast members like John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson will all be included in this new spin-off. The all seemed rather pleased and reassured by the news of a spin-off. They said : “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, Dave Caplan, Bruce Helford, Tony Hernandez, Bruce Rasmussen and Sara Gilbert will be in charge of the spin-off as executive producers. The air date is set in Fall 2018 which doesn’t leave much time to the crew for shooting the 10 episodes already ordered.
In conclusion, Roseanne is cancelled, to the fans’ greatest displeasure but they can all be reassured because the Conners’ adventures are far from over thanks to the new show The Conners.