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Discussion in 'TV: Announced' started by Doctor Omega, Jun 3, 2018.
Could it happen?
“Roseanne” Spin-Off Talk Gains Steam
Talk of “Roseanne” continuing but without co-creator and star Roseanne Barr is gaining steam with Deadline reporting that the show’s producers will be meeting with Disney-ABC executives on Monday to pitch a revamped “Roseanne” without the actress.
The show is expected to stay true to the praised first season of the revival, featuring the other cast members except for Barr, and likely a stronger emphasis on Sara Gilbert’s character Darlene.
Executive producers Tom Werner and Gilbert were the main driving force behind the revival and are believed to be spearheading the efforts to continue the show and keep the writers and crew employed post-cancellation.
There are still hurdles though. Carsey-Werner owns and produces the series but legal and rights issues need to be settled with Barr who was co-creator and executive producer on the series and has ownership/backend. Barr may mount a legal challenge if a “Roseanne” spinoff without her goes forward.
I saw this idea coming from a mile off...
So, what will it be called? AFTER ROSEANNE or ROSEANNE'S FAMILY?
Now that you mention it, I wonder if the canny studio had this in mind before they even took the cancellation step, but wanted, at the time, to be seen to be doing a bold and noble thing.
In retrospect, I doubt, in reality, that the tv suits would really write off a potential fortune without a plan B in place all along of trying to keep the cash cow going somehow.
In other words, they want to keep the best of what ROSEANNE can offer - advertising and audience - while ditching the worst of what ROSEANNE can offer - Roseanne Barr.
Perhaps they had this plan in mind even while the first season of the return was airing. After all, anyone who knows Roseanne knew it was only a matter of time. So let her return and get things up and running and then...
On the other hand, this is starting to sound just as crazy as several of Roseanne's own conspiracy theory beliefs.
Roseanne Killed Off For “The Conners”
It looks as if the character of Roseanne Conner is going to be killed off screen before the start of events in the upcoming “Roseanne” spin-off sitcom “The Conners” on ABC.
Actor John Goodman, who is starring in “The Conners,” spoke with The Times this week and was asked about his character Dan Conner’s state of mind in the new series to which replied: “It’s an unknown. I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
This follows on from an official synopsis for the new series which only indicated the reason for Roseanne’s absence was due to “a sudden turn of events”.
Star Roseanne Barr was fired from the revival of “Roseanne” earlier this year after she made a racist statement on Twitter, which led to the series immediately being cancelled despite being a huge ratings success for ABC.
In the same interview this week, Goodman spoke about the abrupt cancellation of the revival, saying: “I was surprised. I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response. And that’s probably all I should say about it…I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist.”
“The Conners” premieres on ABC on October 16th.
ABC has released the first official photo from “The Conners,” the spinoff to its revived-then-canceled comedy hit “Roseanne,” which began production today on the Warner Brothers lot. The new Roseanne Barr-less series is set to premiere October 16th.
Series regulars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson are seen alongside kids Jayden Rey, Ames McNamara and Emma Kenney in the show with said kids now upped to series regulars.
The network hasn’t revealed how Roseanne’s absence will be dealt with, beyond a “sudden turn of events,” though earlier this week co-star Goodman suggested her character would be dead. The new show has the Conners facing the daily struggles of working-class American life in Lanford in a way they never have before.
Roseanne Barr Staying Away From “Conners”
Actress/comedian Roseanne Barr has appeared on Rabbi Shumley Boteach’s podcast (via Deadline) this week to offer her take on ABC’s upcoming “Roseanne” spin-off series “The Conners”.
The network famously fired Barr and scrapped the top-rating revival season of the sitcom following a racist joke tweet by its titular star. Rather than leaving the cast and crew in the lurch, the network has retooled the series into a spin-off following the rest of the family carrying on in the wake of what’s believed to be the death of the Roseanne Conner character.
Barr says she isn’t planning on watching, but will rather take a vacation to Israel and will not ‘curse it or bless’ the new show. Her plan, for now, is to not pay attention to it:
“I’m staying away from it. Not wishing bad on anyone and I don’t wish good for my enemies. That’s what I gotta do… I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark and I don’t want to go dark again. I’ve done it – after all, I was married to Tom Arnold. Ha! Ha!”
She also revealed that she’s already working on a new sitcom which she says is “very funny” but did not elaborate on the project. “The Conners” is slated to premiere on the network on October 16th.
How Roseanne Will Exit “The Conners”?
It has been heavily suggested, now it’s looking pretty certain that the character of Roseanne Conner is going to be killed off screen before the start of events in the upcoming “Roseanne” spin-off sitcom “The Conners” on ABC.
Roseanne Barr was fired from the revival of “Roseanne” earlier this year after she made a racist statement on Twitter, which led to the series immediately being cancelled despite being a huge ratings success for ABC. The network then greenlit the spin-off which doesn’t include Barr.
Speaking on the conservative podcast Walk Away, Barr herself indicates “The Conners” will build off a suggested subplot in the “Roseanne” revival and have her die of an opioid overdose. Barr says: “I wanted to show [addiction] in the [revival] show. But I was never going to have Roseanne die of an opioid overdose. It’s so cynical and horrible. She should have died as a hero or not at all.”
The revival featured the Roseanne Conner character taking pain meds due to knee issues in the first season of the revival, but an actual acute addition wasn’t shown. ABC still hasn’t officially announced how Roseanne’s absence from “The Conners” will be explained. We’ll likely find out when the spin-off premieres October 16th.