ABC orders Roseanne spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr


While Barr's absence will certainly loom large over the forthcoming spinoff, the series will not feature the embattled star, whose May tweets led to her dismissal and her famed sitcom's cancellation. 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.

It should be noted that, at this stage, "The Connors" - which will air Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. - is only the network's working title and could change before the new show airs. Barr will have no creative or financial attachment to the show and put out a statement saying, "I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne". As well, word from behind the scenes is that the network executives would only move on with a spinoff if Barr had no creative or financial involvement, of which she won't after a deal was struck.

Original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman will also reprise their characters in the new series.

"We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family", Werner said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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ABC and the production company behind the recent reboot of the 90's sitcom are moving ahead with a spinoff of the hit show, which was canceled last month after the show's titular star Roseanne Barr made a racist tweet about President Barack Obama's former top aide Valerie Jarrett.

Barr initially apologized and deleted the post, which had followed her pattern of making controversial political and social statements on social media. Roseanne had been due to return for an expanded 11th season of 13 episodes. ABC has described the synopsis for the spinoff so far as, "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". Even before ABC's official announcement, Twitter users were mockingly speculating as to how the show might rid itself of the character of Roseanne Conner. "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".

It will be a "spinoff" of "Roseanne", the network announced Thursday night.