ABC’s revival of the 90’s sitcom Roseanne was one of the bigger hits on TV last year.
The series came crashing down in late May when the network decided to cancel Roseanne due to controversial tweets from executive producer and star, Roseanne Baar. However, it looks like ABC won’t let the Conner family go gently into that good night.
According to Deadline, ABC has picked up a 10-episode order for a Roseanne spinoff, tentatively called The Conners. The series will see the return of the cast from the Roseanne revival, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert. Barr will not be returning for the series and will also have no financial and creative ties to the new series.
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.
It’s not clear yet on how Baar will be written off the show, but ABC has said it will be “a sudden turn of events.” The network also said in a statement that the decision to continue with the series was that it struck a cord with audiences like the original Roseanne series did in the 90’s.
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.
It’s good to see that, despite the stupidity on Baar’s part, the network was able to find a way to keep the Conner family on the air. Not only did the cancellation of Roseanne put a hurting on ABC’s lineup, it also put a lot of people out of work. Fans now won’t have to wait too long to see what shenanigans the Conners will get into next.