June 21, 2018 9:18 pm
Updated: June 25, 2018 11:06 am

ABC greenlights ‘The Conners’ — a ‘Roseanne’ spinoff without Roseanne

The cast of 'Roseanne' smiles for a promo photo on 'Good Morning America' on March 26, 2018.

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The cast of “Roseanne” will be back without the titular character after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet forced the network to cancel the show last month.

Instead, the show will be called The Conners — the last name of the family — and the main cast, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert, will be back for 10 episodes in the fall.

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“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,” reads the network’s synopsis of the spinoff, possibly hinting that Barr’s character, matriarch Roseanne Conner, may be killed off.

According to ABC, which is owned by Walt Disney Co., Barr will have no financial or creative input into the show.

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She has also waived financial rights to the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The entertainment news website reports that ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey and executive producer Tom Werner insisted Barr not make money from the show after the incident.

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The reboot spinoff of the iconic ’90s show was abruptly cancelled when Barr series of posts on Twitter that the network called “abhorrent” and others called “racist.”

Barr had criticized Obama-era aid Valerie Jarrett’s looks in a now-deleted tweet, in which she compared Jarrett to an ape and the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization with which she has no relationship.

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Roseanne, who also attacked Chelsea Clinton and George Soros in a Twitter tirade the same day, later apologized, but the damage had already been done.

In a joint statement, the cast of the show thanked fans for their support.

“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 statement read, according to ABC News. “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.”

In the statement, Barr said, “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.”

*With a file from Brent Furdyk, ET Canada 

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