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ABC Officially Picks Up ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff, ‘The Conners’ With No Roseanne Barr Participation

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Word on late Thursday afternoon is that ABC has now officially moved forward and gave a pick-up to the Roseanne spinoff series, The Conners.   

As viewers know, there had been speculation that the series would revolve around Sara Gilbert’s character of Darlene, but now the other concept with the entire family in the title is the direction the new series will go (although it is said to be the “working title” of the series.)

The Conners received a ten episode order and will make the fall TV schedule, and will reside on Tuesday night’s on ABC at 8PM.

Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweets led to the network’s swift decision to cancel her series.

In the new deal, Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in The Conners after reaching a settlement with series producer, Tom Werner.

The Conners will feature the rest of the Roseanne core cast including: John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman.

According to Deadline:  It is unclear how exactly Barr’s character will be written off but ABC describes it as “a sudden turn of events.”  On the new show, 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. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.

In a statement ABC commented: “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.”

A major turning point to greenlight the series came when the fact that the new series does not feature Barr’s character Roseanne Conner, which rights to which she is said to maintain, paved the way for an agreement with no Barr.

So, glad to hear The Conners will continue sans Roseanne? Comment below.

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katie palumbo
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katie palumbo

Sounds like this will be a very boring show with mostly mediocre actors.

Harry
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Harry

John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf mediocre? I think not.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

RIGHT ON, HARRY!!!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

She said mostly…that doesnt mean she included John and Laurie…

Ellene B Runge
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Ellene B Runge

Laurie Metcalf would not have a career if it was not for Roseanne..John Goodman was the only known actor on the show. No loyalty to Roseanne, I see

Steve
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Steve

Roseanne is not a victim here. The loyalty is rightfully towards the cast and crew who maintain their jobs.

KAF
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KAF

true

Jovin
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Jovin

Will not watch. None of the kids are strong enough to carry a show! John Goodman is nothing without Roseanne. Ths only one who could carry a spin off is Jackie. Give her a show as a life coach…..that in itself is preposterous and sitcom gold!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

You dont know talent!

Jimh
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Jimh

At first i read her comment wrong but mostly doesnt mean she included everbody on the show!!!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Katie…there is nothing mediocre about John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf!!!!! Remember that.

Jimh
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Jimh

She only said mostly…that doesnt mean those two…

Phil
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Phil

Rosanne was mediocre

Kaye Russell
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Kaye Russell

I will pass

Carol
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Carol

Me to

Jimh
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Jimh

Wanda Sykes called Trump an orangutan but still worked on the reboot and wasnt fired but left on her own after RB tweet…what both said was stupid but i hate double standards…no i wont watch!!!

Harry
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Harry

I think it was Bill Maher who told Trump that he needed to prove that he’s not the product of two orangutans mating He said this at the height of Trump’s birther movement in which he insisted over and over that Obama prove he was born in America, even after Obama provided his birth certificate which yes, proved he was born in the sate of Hawaii. Trump was relentless, cruel and yes, racist in his attacks. Jim, I like you–you’re smart, funny, compassionate and educated. But you must understand that given the history of slavery and the dehumanization of African… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Im not on either side…just wish all people would watch what they say and do…i have been called every name in the book since i was a child including when i first started on this site…Roseanne has mental issues and people who struggle with depression can say the wrong things-im one of them and it doesnt mean i really think that way and i feel the same goes for Roseanne…i agree with you that African Americans have been treated horribly…they have made great contributions to our society and should be treated no differently than any other race…they are the only… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I actually believe that Roseanne didn’t know the woman was black. I wouldn’t have known if I wasn’t told. She’s actually 50% percent European. I think what Roseanne said was cruel in and of itself in that she insulted the woman’s looks, but I just have a feeling she’s telling the truth when she said she honestly didn’t know.

I have no doubt many if the people appalled by her comment have made bigoted statements about other races and religions but have said so in private or have gotten a pass.

su000
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su000

hi Jimh..
Noticing that a person looks like an orangutan and saying so, that is not a Racist remark, just an observation.lol

Jimh
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Jimh

They could say the same about what Roseanne said…sometimes people with mental problems can say the wrong thing!!!!

Shay
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Shay

Exactly, Jimh! This is a woman who clearly has mental issues and the compassion she has been shown for her condition is absolutely nil. As I’ve said before, I was never a fan of hers, but it seems that to strip her of her own show and then bring it back without its leading character is simply unnecessarily punitive, public shaming of someone with a demonstrably fragile grasp on reality. If ABC didn’t want to help this woman regain her health and rehabilitate her image like Hollywood has allowed so many others with far worse past transgressions, then they should… Read more »

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

I love your response, well said and spot on.

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Dr. Ruth!

Shay
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Shay

This is true, su! And in Roseanne’s particular case, I have no doubt her original beef against Jarrett was more politically and policy-inspired than a prejudiced personal slam about her appearance, unfortunate and ill-chosen as it was. But that’s the problem with our current environment and its fixation on “identity politics.” Instead of considering people as just people and individuals as distinct individuals, for far too many, everything is viewed through the singular prism of race, religion, sexual orientation and/or gender instead of looking at the unique qualities—-both good and bad—-of each and every person, which is what I have… Read more »

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and endanger the child.

This-”series would revolve around Sara Gilbert’s character of Darlene” That ^^ is a fail.. Gilbert’s acting skills are subpar and her character Darline is nothing exciting, quite mundane. Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman and their characters are nothing much to bring the show-up without Roseanne. John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf will have the need to hold the show, and neither is a Rosanne. Goodman is the one and only one with the persona and skill to carry the show. The ”Connors” will fail. people will expect them all to be as the way they were when with Rossane,… Read more »

JMK
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JMK

THE SHOW WILL FAIL WITHOUT ROSANNE…GILBERT IS NO ROSANNE!!!!!MY FAMILY WILL NOT WATCH…

John Walden
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John Walden

I won’t be watching either. Roseanne was one of only two shows last season I looked forward to every week (the other being Young Sheldon), but I’m not interested in this without Roseanne.

Alan
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Alan

“Goodman is the one and only one with the persona and skill to carry the show.”

I’d have to disagree — and so would the Emmy judges — since Laurie Metcalf won 3 consecutive Emmys for her role as Jackie in 1992, 1993, and 1994…

Meg. Reddekopp
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Meg. Reddekopp

Looking forward to it.

Jovin
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Jovin

Yep!!!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Give it a chance!

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Not going to be the same I love Rosanne and I’m
Behind her 100% on what she did !

Satan
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Satan

You’re 100% behind racism??

Satan
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Satan

Best way they could write off the character is to use what was already written into the scripts of the previous season. Last thing we saw was Roseanne (the character) preparing to have knee surgery. It’s certainly rare for somebody to die from that sort of surgery, but if you also add references from previous episodes of that season, we also know she was abusing prescription opiates to manage the pain of the knee injury. If she failed to disclose her level of drug use to her doctors, they might have not prepared for a drug interaction between the opiates… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf were the real talents of the show anyway. Politics aside, I ever thought Roseanne Barr was particularly very funny–she’s a poor comedic actress with lousy timing and pacing.
If Goodman and Metcalf are the heart of show, I just might watch. However. why would those talented actors who always have enough work want to be part of what might be a sinking ship?

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Harry…you have a very, very valid point…about BOTH John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf. To me, John Goodman has ALWAYS BEEN a truly wonderful and versatile actor. And…Laurie Metcalf’s character of Jackie ALWAYS made me LOL…ALWAYS!!!!!

Have a good one, Harry.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I am pleased to learn of this development. I think this ensemble cast has the ability to carry on without their former star. I am certainly rooting for them!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Me, too, Brother!!!!! I am already INTRIGUED AND EXCITED by this idea!!!!! Oh…and BTW, I’ll be setting my DVR to Tuesday nights this upcoming Fall. YEAH!!!!!

Later, Brother.

Lisa
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Lisa

Disappointed ABC loss could have been a huge gain for another network

Shay
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Shay

ABC already made its bed when they hastily performed the knee-jerk decision to cancel “Roseanne”..instead, they could have put the show on indefinite hiatus until the brouhaha calmed down and then moved forward with whatever plans they deemed necessary. Given how badly they initially handled this situation, and the fact that there truly is no logical basis for this sitcom to continue without its leading lady to provide her alternative opinions to the rest of the otherwise sycophantic cast who offer nothing different from any other comedy on the air today, it would seem that the only reason the network… Read more »

JMK
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JMK

WELL SAID!!!!

Sandie
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Sandie

Personally I hope this completely tanks. The double standard has to stop. I HATE that some actors will lose their job, but,little Miss Sara should have stood up for Roseanne. So,,what goes around comes around. The Talk can go bye bye also

Steve
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Steve

You expected someone to stand up for racism?

Frank Mills
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Frank Mills

She DID however apologize for her unkind comments – and, I never cared for her and do not watch the show, old or new – so it would be difficult for me to say if the show could continue on without it’s core character, I would think that it would be unlikely but one never knows.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I will be tuning in because the other characters are just as good as Roseanne to me. We really won’t know how the show will take off until we see the first episodes but I am sure the whole crew behind the series is going to give it their best.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Don’t think it’ll ever work–t00 much lingering aftertaste.

dmr
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dmr

Unfortunately, I think this sounds very boring. I wasn’t a fan of the original series, but I thought the reboot was very funny. Sara Gilbert seemed awkward/uncomfortable in the reboot, so I’m not interested in seeing this reboot revolve around her character or family. Many times, the reboot of a reboot doesn’t work.

Timmm
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Timmm

I’m glad. The cast is so talented and for me, I didnt even really care for the Roseanne character, I like Dan and Jackie.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I’m sorry…but, as far as I’m concerned, Roseanne started all of this (real-life and all) with that BIG MOUTH of hers…and with that racist tweet. So…you know what: TV future-wise…LONG LIVE THE CONNERS!!!!!!!!!!

Hey…just saying.

Later.

John Walden
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John Walden

Won’t be the same without Roseanne and her wisecracks. I was a fan, but not interested in this.

Ellene B Runge
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Ellene B Runge

I am so disappointed in the cast. Roseanne made these people famous. We knew none of them, expect John Goodman, existed before her show. Where is the loyalty?? It makes me sick, I was the #1 fan of ROSEANNE’s show. Won’t be watching these bottom feeders.

KAF
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KAF

never liked this show, didnt like revival, never thought Roseanne B. was anything that special in entertainment world and found her to usually be tasteless in her actions over the years. Wouldn’t have watched, and not watching in Fall.

k/kay
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k/kay

Aww everybody so concerned about Roseanne ! But not one peep about a has been actor Peter Fonda wishing the Presidents son would be attacked by pedophiles??! You might want to check your obscene hatred at the door it is sickening he should be arrested and throw his ass in jail!!’ Had enough of your hatred he won deal with it !

su000
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su000

k/kay-
Peter Fonda did Not Wish Trumps son would be ”attacked by paedophiles”

he strongly and Wrongly said-
“We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with paedophiles,”
no wishing for attacks said, even tho it was emotionally angerly wrong to make such a statement.
And, nobody, nobody should ever be arrested in the USA for using an expression of free speech no matter how horribly wrong the comment was.
🙂

Satan
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Satan

If Peter Fonda has a TV show on the air, feel free to lobby for its cancellation. I can’t even remember the last time he made a movie.

Not that I really agree with what he said either, but let’s remember a couple of things about your Orange Messiah:

1) He IS imprisoning and torturing children.

2) He has made MULTIPLE statements about having sex with his own daughter.

Now THAT is “obscene”. On BOTH counts.

Charday
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Charday

Glad the crew isn’t losing their jobs. If they kill off Rosanne’s character, I won’t watch. Send the character to rehab for drug addiction for a season. I’m hoping Roseanne will return the following season. Wouldn’t one season “fired” be enough? (I thought the firing was overkill.) Plenty of Hollyweird types have said similar or worse with little or no punishment.

su000
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su000

OK–
Let’s look at this seriously.
The front-runners;
Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J.
Darlene, Becky and D.J. are minus a strong persona. In other words, they are ehhh stale and simply weak characters of little interest.

As for Dan he is not much of anything without Rosanne.
Same goes for Jackie.
It was Rosane that carried the family she was the light they were the shadows.
It will fail.

Joann
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Joann

I can not wait because I love Laurie, John,Sarah & the rest of the cast! I think it may work. So glad all those people are not out of a job because of one woman’s ignorance.

Anne
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Anne

Can’t imagine how it will survive without Roseann.

Jennifer Patterson
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Jennifer Patterson

This is a BUNCH of BULL, bc of 1 mistake NOW Roseanne is out of a JOB. But I was told that someone else that is also on Comedy/Talkshow did a racist comment but did they discontinued that show?….. Um I think NOT.
I won’t be watching that so called show without Roseanne.
Sorry it’s the truth.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I’m going to give it a chance. If I don’t like it, I can always change the channel.

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Oscar and Grammy winner, Irene Cara has passed away.  The singer/songwriter/actress, known for her memorable vocal performances to the theme of the hit movie, Fame, and singing the title track to another 80’s blockbuster, Flashdance, apparently died in her Florida home yesterday. The cause of death is not yet known.

According to her publicist, Judith Moore on Twitter, the rep shared: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.  It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.  Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

A little known fact is that Irene’s first acting gig was on the daytime drama, Love of Life from 1970-1971 in the role of Daisy Allen.   She later appeared in TV roles on: What’s Happening, Kojak, Roots: The Next Generations, and in the film, Sparkle and many more.

Later, Cara first rose to prominence when she was cast in the 1980’s musical film Fame, where she sang the title track and starred in as Coco Hernandez.  Her vocal performance in Fame earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female in 1981.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, word is that new episodes will begin shooting in Australia next year.  Cast already signed-on include: Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Ryan Moloney and Jackie Woodburne who return to reprise their leading roles.

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Jennifer Mullin, global CEO, Fremantle added: “Neighbours is a unique series with a powerful connection with its fans across the world. We cherish the show and all those who have been part of its incredible story over many decades, so we are thrilled that we have found a new home with Amazon Freevee. Thanks to the innovative Amazon Freevee platform, many classic episodes will be available to fans, and Neighbours will go back into full production in Australia early next year, providing our fans with new episodes. This partnership with Amazon Freevee marks an exciting new chapter, and we look forward to collaborating with them, along with our long-term and valued partner in Australia, Network 10.”

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