Welcome ‘The Conners’ to ABC – The ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Without Barr

The Show Will Go On…Minus the Matriarch

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No Roseanne? No problem.

Twitter trouble may have gotten actress Roseanne Barr the boot from ABC, but why should the rest of the talented cast and crew suffer? Fans far and wide adore the Conner family even if they can no longer support the hit show's biggest star.

Roseanne, back for its second run was doing fantastically, until Barr blew it by blowing up Twitter with racist comments that caused the network to scramble and scrap the show nearly instantly. A hardworking team suddenly lost their jobs and probably any respect for the show's creator who blamed Ambien for her tirade against former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.

Thankfully for the remaining staff, ABC realized that they didn't need Barr as the star and has announced a spinoff, The Conners (working title). So, while Barr is home popping sedatives, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, etc. can get back to the set to work on The Conners.

As per CNN, "'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,' the remaining cast members said Thursday in a joint statement."

Barr is on board with the spinoff too, agreeing to a settlement where she won't make a dime off the new show and saying, "I wish the best for everyone involved." According to Deadline, "Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series after reaching a settlement with series producer Tom Werner."

The Conner family dynamic will shift, but the chemistry of the cast is sure to be as magical as ever. How they'll address the elephant in the room…or lack thereof? We'll have to tune in and find out.

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