Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

No Roseanne in spin-off

No Roseanne in spin-off

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Barr will keep all rights to the "Roseanne Conner" character, any future spin-offs past The Conners or any future reboots of the original Roseanne show.

Last month, "Roseanne" was canceled after Barr tweeted racist remarks about former Obama adviser Valarie Jarrett - who is African-America - and compared her to an ape.

When will the spinoff air?

ABC ordered ten episodes of the new show. Roseanne Barr has signed an agreement to forego any compensation from the show.

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

The spinoff series was announced about three weeks after ABC axed the iconic comedienne and television star over a racist tweet. Instead, the show will go on under the new working title "The Conners" - the surname of the family featured on the show - and will bring back the rest of the cast, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.

Barr said in a statement to The Associated Press that she settled to relinquish any money-making opportunities with ABC to save jobs for the cast and crew of "Roseanne". At this point, it's not entirely clear what will happen to her role as the series' pivotal matriarch.

"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.

What will the spinoff be about?

"But the network approved the new spin-off, saying The Conners stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love".

The cast issued a statement along with the network, expressing how much support they have received to continue the show without Barr.

The new sitcom would begin "after a sudden turn of events" that would force the family "to face the daily struggles of a way they never have before", ABC said.

After the cancellation, Barr tweeted that she was "so sick" that Goodman and Metcalf - "two of the greatest actors in the world" - had lost their jobs.

"I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from 'Roseanne, '" Barr said in a statement. Even before ABC's official announcement, Twitter users were mockingly speculating as to how the show might rid itself of the character of Roseanne Conner.

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