Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

ABC Reaches Settlement With Barr, Plans 'Roseanne' Spin-Off Without Her

ABC Reaches Settlement With Barr, Plans 'Roseanne' Spin-Off Without Her

It immediately became the the highest-rated series on broadcast television but was cut short after Barr's tweet led ABC to issue an apology and cancel the show.

ABC said that the former star will not have any creative or financial participation in the new series.

Roseanne was cancelled a few weeks ago following Roseanne Barr's racist tweets about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, but now ABC has green lit a new series with the working title The Conners to replace it with 10 new episodes this fall.

In a statement, Barr said she agreed to the settlement in order to save the jobs of her colleagues.

Tom Werner will executive produce, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez.

Much of the show's cast, including John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky), and Michael Fishman (D.J.) are expected to reprise their characters on a new show that's now being dubbed, "The Conners", according to ABC News.

After getting the chance last season to tell stories about challenges facing working-class family, they're glad to "continue to share those stories through love and laughter", the actors said.

ABC is apparently too good to work with Roseanne Barr these days, but the network is not too good to profit from the comedian's ideas. Sources say that the last hurdle that the spinoff had to clear before getting a go-ahead sign was Barr, who finally this week indicated her willingness to walk away.

ABC announced in a press release Thursday its plans to continue the show without Barr, focusing instead on the rest of the family.

Bringing "Roseanne" back without Roseanne Barr is a little like continuing the "Rocky" franchise without Sylvester Stallone or making a "Dirty Harry" sequel without Clint Eastwood.

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.

"The circumstance that have caused me to be removed" was that she was a loudmouthed racist on Twitter. 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.

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

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