Remember that time Dan died on the Roseanne finale, only to be resurrected for the remake that launched a few months ago? Well it seems as though another parental figure on the long-running sitcom has been officially abolished, but this time it’s only her family members who will return.
Roseanne was cancelled a few weeks ago following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, but now ABC has green lit a new series with the working title The Conners to replace it with 10 new episodes this fall. Naturally the show stars everyone BUT Roseanne, so that means Dan, Jackie, Becky, Darlene and D.J. are back and ready to laugh it up with what will hopefully continue to be big ratings. Because let’s face it — the new Rosenne was a huge ratings winner this year before it all blew up.
This is the news people who supported the cancellation (but wanted to see more of the family), have been hoping for. And if you have problems supporting a show revolving around characters that Roseanne Barr helped to create and will profit from, then you’ll love this news even more: the actress and ABC have confirmed Roseanne won’t make any profit from the new series, and she won’t be involved creatively either.
“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,” Barr said in a statement on Thursday night.
So what will The Conners look like without their famous mother, her laugh and her controversial politics? Right now ABC is only hinting at what’s to come, but the official release foreshadows what we think could be the character’s potential death.
“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 release reads. Well talk about the storyline coming full circle from when we thought Dan was the one who kicked the bucket, huh? At this point, the real question is whether the show will be tongue-in-cheek and play on what went down in real life with inside jokes while explaining Roseanne’s absence, or if they’ll ignore it altogether in favour of story.
Either way, it’s nice to see so many people getting their jobs back and life moving forward.
“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,” the remaining cast 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.”
Sometimes the good guys really do win you guys… Sometimes they really do win.
The Conners comes to TV this fall.