ABC Announces New Sitcom 'The Connors', With No Roseanne


"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have made a decision to cancel her show", ABC president Channing Dungey said in a statement at the time.

The network said it'll occupy the same time slot, Tuesdays at 8 p.m., that "Roseanne" would have had in the fall.

We're still not sure how Barr's character will be written off the show, but ABC describes it as "a sudden turn of events". "What's more, if she retains the rights to the character for any future uses (including bringing Roseanne Conner somewhere else), then this is all enormously helpful to her prospects, compared to, say, putting the entire show in a great big bag, setting it on fire and throwing it into a ravine".

In a statement issued by the show's producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members who were idled when Roseanne was cancelled last month. Mainstays from the original Roseanne show and the recently cancelled reboot, Sara Gilbert, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, will be series regulars on the spinoff.

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"We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today", the cast members said. "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".

The new show was ordered from producer Werner Entertainment without a pilot episode, the typical basis for a series to be greenlit.

ABC canceled the ratings-smashing sitcom "Roseanne" two months after its return to television, after the show's star was sacked for tweeting a racially-charged insult at a former Obama official.

That tweet, which was later deleted, ultimately led President of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey to pull the plug on the wildly successful and popular Roseanne revival series, which had only premiered in March and earned a second season renewal after its first episode.

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It's unclear if the show will address Barr's disappearance in "The Connors". "The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago", ABC wrote in a statement. Barr was also dropped by her representation, ICM Parnters.

Although many speculated that a spinoff series was in the works, Barr's creative and financial ties to the series and characters complicated things.

The cast of the new show released a joint statement about the announcement.

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