The cast of Roseanne is returning for a spinoff series — without Roseanne Barr

By Natalie Stone
June 21, 2018 08:46 PM
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The Conner family will soon be returning to TV screens — but without its matriarch.

Three weeks after ABC canceled the Roseanne reboot following series creator and star Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweet, PEOPLE confirms the network has greenlit the spinoff with John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman returning.

“Tom Werner and Roseanne Barr have reached an agreement that will allow Werner Entertainment to produce a spinoff of the Roseanne series for ABC without Barr’s further creative or financial participation,” a joint statement from executive producer Tom Werner and Barr read.

“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,” Barr said.

“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.

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ABC will be airing a 10-episode, straight to series order with the working title, The Conners, that will follow “the Conner family who, after a sudden turn of events, are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”

The synopsis continued, “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.”

“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. 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,” cast members Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Goranson and Fishman said in a joint statement.

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On May 29, ABC canceled Roseanne after Barr, who starred as wife and mother Roseanne Conner, shared (and then deleted) a tweet comparing former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to an ape.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj,” she wrote, using Jarrett’s initials in response to a conspiracy theory about the Obama administration.

Barr later tweeted that she “mistakenly thought [Jarrett] was white.”

In a statement, president of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey announced that the show had been canceled: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Following a turbulent week in which she and hundreds of others lost their jobs, Barr revealed on Twitter that she “begged” ABC to let her “make amends.”

“I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends,” Barr tweeted, referencing the Disney/ABC Television Group President.

Following Barr’s racist tweet, Gilbert shared a statement on Twitter. “This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love — one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member,” she tweeted.

“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” she added.

Gilbert also addressed the sitcom’s cancellation on The Talk, where she expressed her full support for ABC’s decision.

“In addition to my statement, I would like to say this has been a very difficult week. A lot of people have been hurt by this,” Gilbert began. “I will say I’m proud of the show we made. The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion and it’s sad to see it end in this way.”

The actress continued, “I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process, however I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”