With the premiere of The Conners a little over a month away, one major question weighs on every fan’s mind, “How will the spinoff series address Roseanne Barr’s absence?”
While the Conner Family will be returning to ABC this fall, Barr will not be. Though the Roseanne revival season was extremely successful, the series was canceled by ABC President Channing Dungey after fall out following inappropriate remarks made on Twitter by Barr. The rest of the series’ cast will be returning for The Conners spinoff, however, Barr will have no part in the new show.
In a recent interview with the U.K.’s The Times, series star John Goodman may have just confirmed a theory that Roseanne Conner (the character played by Barr) will be killed off the show. The outlet recently published a spotlight on the legendary actor during which they asked how ABC will handle Barr’s absence. While Goodman said specific details are unknown, he did add his thoughts on how his character would react. He said,
If the description of The Conners series tells us anything about Roseanne’s fate, it certainly seems to allude to the fact that the character may meet an untimely demise. ABC describes the upcoming new comedy series as follows
In the interview, Goodman also took the opportunity to share his thoughts on Barr’s tweets and her termination. He defended his long-time co-worker and friend by saying, “I know for a fact that she’s not a racist.” He also shared that he was surprised by ABC’s quick decision in canceling the series. He continued, “I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response. And that’s probably all I should say about it.”
In addition to Goodman reprising his role as Dan Conner, the series will also star Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky), and Michael Fishman (D.J.) all reprising their beloved character roles from the original Roseanne series.
Tom Werner will executive produce, along with Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. Helford, Caplan, and Rasmussen are also writers.
The Conners is set to premiere on Tuesday, October 16th at 8 pm.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter