The long-standing TV series, Roseanne, came to a standstill a couple of months ago after its much anticipated reboot as Roseanne Barr found herself in the centre of controversy after carelessly tweeting an inappropriate comment, comparing Valerie Jarrett to an ape. The producers immediately condemned Barr and were left with the decision of either cancelling the show or finding a way to continue without her.
ABC has made a decision to move forward without Barr and announced a new series starring the characters of Roseanne, temporarily called The Conners, which is set to premiere later this year with 10 episodes.
While the Rosanne revival has been cancelled indefinitely, the new series will not involve Barr in any way, to which she responded in a statement to ET on Thursday saying, "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." Tom Werner, executive producer of Roseanne since 1988 will be kept on to produce The Conners with his studio, Werner Entertainment, saying, "We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family."
John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman will remain as their characters from Roseanne. The background of the story describes unexpected twists that turns the family's lives upside down.
The family lasts together as they deal with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial difficulties, aging and in-laws in between fights, love, humour and perseverance through the rough time. The other members of the cast said that they received support from fans after the news if the cancellation and released a joint statement saying: "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."
ABC said The Conners would occupy the same time slot, Tuesdays at 8 p.m., that Roseanne would have had.