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Roseanne Spinoff Is Officially Happening, Without Roseanne Barr's Involvement

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Just last month ABC cancelled Roseanne after a racist tweet published by Roseanne Barr, a notorious bigot, sparked torrents of criticism. But on Thursday the network announced that it’s going ahead with a Roseanne spinoff in which the show’s namesake will not appear (per Deadline, she also won’t have any financial or creative involvement). The new title is, tentatively, The Conners.


The New York Times reports that the spinoff will debut on ABC in the fall, and will feature the other lead cast members who are not Roseanne, namely John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Sara Gilbert. The top producers and entire writing staff will also get to keep their jobs (I mean “get cool new jobs on The Conners”). Now Gilbert’s character, Darlene, will serve as the epicenter of the show. Buzzfeed is speculating they’ll write off Roseanne by making her die of knee surgery…or something (shocker: I’m not a trusted viewer).

Goodman, Gilbert, Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, an Michael Fishman said in a joint statement on Wednesday:

“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.”


Barr said in a statement, “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.” It’s not even subtle how she turned this into her saving jobs, jobs she jeopardized in the first place, “good American jobs,” is something she would probably say.

Here’s something Roseanne retweeted in the last 24 hours!

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I’m still pissed the original Rosanne reboot was a thing. It is just so pathetic. They didn’t even have to be original, they could have copied Curb Your Enthusiasm and done a spiritual successor without actually doing an complicit reboot. Just have Sara as the mom, the progressive family she wanted and have the cast of Rosanne either cast as regular family members or co worker (or cameos for the really famous ones.) Have Sandra Bernhardt as Sara’s mom, it would have been great.

But why have new when you can just reheat old shit. Everyone needs to finally realize, nostalgia isn’t about what you loved as a child/young adult, it was how you loved and felt when the world seem full of possibility instead of full of shit. That crap wasn’t objectively better that the stuff that came before or after it, you were just better and it was your first. So stop acting like this rebooted crap is good, you just want to play pretend you aren’t old.

To quote Nostalgia Critic and Honest Trailer guy, “Your childhood always sucked, you just didn’t know it.”